Automated refraction with the Canon RK-1 Autoref keratometer was evaluated in 110 eyes (110 patients) six to eight weeks after they had undergone extracapsular cataract extraction with posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation and achieved a best corrected visual acuity of at least 6/12. Autorefraction readings were obtained in 100 (91%) of these eyes. The agreement between autorefraction and clinical refraction data was 98% for spherical equivalence less than 0.51 dioptres (D), 95% for sphere power less than 0.51D, 94% for cylinder power less than 0.51D, and 85% for cylinder axis less than 11 degrees. Autorefraction can provide acceptably accurate postoperative refraction values in pseudophakic eyes.
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