Eye movement during laser in situ keratomileusis

Jim Schwiegerling, Robert W. Snyder

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Purpose: To measure eye motion in patients having laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) using a video technique and determine centration and variance of the eye position during surgery. Setting: Laser refractive surgery center. Methods: The procedure was videotaped in 5 consecutive eyes having LASIK performed by a single surgeon with the VISX Star S2 excimer laser. Following surgery, video images of the eyes were digitized and stored in a computer for processing. Digitized images were obtained at a rate of 25 images per second during the laser procedure. The pupil margin and a visual landmark, such as a scleral blood vessel, were identified in the initial image of each eye. Custom software was used to track the location of the landmark and the pupil center in subsequent images. Results: Three of the 5 eyes were well centered on average. The remaining 2 eyes were decentered inferiorly by approximately 0.25 mm. The standard deviation in all eyes was approximately 0.10 mm. Conclusions: With these techniques, the position of the entrance pupil center relative to the excimer laser axis could be determined. Although the system is not fast enough to be used during surgery, it does allow quantification of centration and intraoperative motion after surgery. (C) 2000 ASCRS and ESCRS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-351
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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