Retrospective Study Comparing Topography-Guided and Wavefront-Optimized LASIK Procedures in a Single Center

Rowen S, Tooma T, Trieu N, Hall B. Retrospective study comparing topography-guided and wavefront-optimized lasik procedures in a single center. Clinical Ophthalmology 2024;Volume 18:1615-1622.


To compare visual outcomes of eyes that had laser refractive surgery with the Contoura Phorcides treatment plan and eyes that had laser refractive surgery with the wavefront-optimized treatment plan using the same laser.


Retrospective chart review of clinical outcomes of eyes that had either Contoura with Phorcides (CP) or wavefront-optimized (WFO) corneal refractive procedures using the Wavelight EX500 (Alcon Vision, LLC). Data were collected and compared for uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA), corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), refraction, change in postoperative UDVA compared to preoperative CDVA, and change in postoperative CDVA compared to preoperative CDVA.


Total eyes included were 348, with 227 in the CP Group and 121 in the WFO Group. Post-operatively, there was a significantly higher percentage of eyes in the CP Group that were 20/16 or better compared to the WFO Group (57%, 129 eyes, and 17%, 21 eyes, respectively; p < 0.001). The percentage of eyes that gained 1 or more Snellen lines of UDVA compared to preoperative CDVA was higher in the CP Group (47%; 107 eyes) compared to the WFO Group (12%; 14 eyes), which was statistically significant (p < 0.001). Differences in refraction were statistically significant.


Topography-guided and wavefront-optimized treatment profiles both provided excellent refractive results. A higher percentage of eyes that were treated using Contoura with Phorcides achieved 20/16 or better unaided distance vision compared to eyes receiving a wavefront-optimized treatment plan.

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