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BACKGROUND: With increasing availability of toric intraocular lenses (IOL) for cataract surgery, real-world refractive outcome data is needed to aid the counselling of patients regarding lens choice. We aim to assess the outcomes of toric intraocular lens use in the non-specialist environment of a typical United Kingdom NHS cataract service. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study conducted at the Oxford Eye Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK. All patients who received a toric IOL implant over a 10 months period. Patients underwent pre-operative corneal marking, phacoemulsification and toric IOL implantation. Biometry was obtained using a Zeiss IOLMaster 500 and the toric IOLs were selected using the manufacturers' online calculators. Post-operative refractions were obtained from optometrist's manifest refraction or by autorefraction. The outcome measures were post-operative unaided visual acuity (UVA), spherical equivalent refraction, cylindrical correction and all complications. RESULTS: Thirty-two eyes of 24 patients aged 21-86 years (mean 66.4, SD 14.5) were included. UVA was superior to pre-operative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in 81% of eyes, same in 16% and inferior in 3%, resulting in a median improvement of 0.20 LogMAR (IQR 0.10 to 0.30). 56%, 81%, 94% and 100% of eyes were within ±0.5, ±1.0, ±1.5 and ±2.0 D of predicted spherical equivalent, respectively. Three (9%) eyes required further surgery to rectify significant IOL rotation. CONCLUSIONS: Reduced cylindrical correction and improved UVA could be expected in the majority of patients undergoing toric IOL implantation. Patients should be counselled about the risk of lens rotation.

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BMC Ophthalmol

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Astigmatism, Cataract surgery, Toric IOL, Toric intraocular lens, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Astigmatism, Female, Humans, Lens Implantation, Intraocular, Lenses, Intraocular, Male, Middle Aged, Phacoemulsification, Pseudophakia, Refraction, Ocular, Retrospective Studies, State Medicine, United Kingdom, Visual Acuity, Young Adult