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Corneal shape changes of the total and posterior cornea after temporal versus nasal clear corneal incision cataract surgery
  1. Ken Hayashi,
  2. Tatsuhiko Sato,
  3. Motoaki Yoshida,
  4. Koichi Yoshimura
  1. Hayashi Eye Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ken Hayashi, Hayashi Eye Hospital, Fukuoka 812-0011, Japan; hayashi-ken{at}


Aim To compare changes in the shape and astigmatism of the total and posterior cornea between eyes with a nasal clear corneal incision (CCI) and eyes with a temporal CCI in cataract surgery.

Methods The left eyes of 100 patients undergoing phacoemulsification were randomly assigned to undergo a 2.4 mm nasal (nasal CCI group) or temporal CCI (temporal CCI group). Corneal astigmatic changes were compared between groups using power vector analysis, and corneal shape changes were compared using videokeratography maps at 2 days, and at 2, 4 and 8 weeks postoperatively.

Results The mean J0 and J45 values of the total cornea were significantly greater in the nasal CCI group than in the temporal CCI group at 2 and 4 weeks postoperatively (p≤0.0392), but did not differ significantly between groups at 2 days and 8 weeks. The videokeratography maps revealed a wedge-shaped flattening in the total cornea and a steepening in the posterior cornea around the CCIs in both groups at 2 days postoperatively; those were more prominent in the nasal CCI group than in the temporal CCI group. The wound-related changes diminished by 8 weeks postoperatively in the total and posterior cornea, and were not markedly different between groups at 8 weeks postoperatively.

Conclusion Corneal shape and astigmatic changes were comparable between groups at 8 weeks postoperatively, although the changes were greater after nasal CCI than after temporal CCI in the early postoperative periods, indicating that nasal or temporal CCI can be selected based on the surgeon’s preference.

  • cataract surgery
  • corneal shape change
  • nasal clear corneal incision
  • temporal clear corneal incision.

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  • Contributors KH: study conception, study design, data analysis/interpretation of data, and drafting and revising of work. TS: data acquisition and final approval. MY: data acquisition and final approval. KY: study conception, data acquisition and final approval.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Ethics approval The Institutional Review Board of Hayashi Eye Hospital granted approval for the study.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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