Purpose: To determine whether contrast sensitivity measurement, a more sensitive test of visual function than visual acuity, better characterizes visual outcomes after laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK). Setting: Hong Kong Laser Eye Centre, Hong Kong, China. Methods: Contrast sensitivity was monitored in 41 LASIK patients for 1 year. Seven spatial frequencies (0.3, 0.8, 1.5, 3.4, 6.9, 10.3, and 20.5 cpd) were tested with 15 sequences per spatial frequency, and a staircase technique was used for target presentation. Results: There was a general depression in the contrast sensitivity function after LASIK; 1.5 cpd and 3.4 cpd were the most affected frequencies. Recovery took at least 6 months. The reduction in contrast sensitivity was greater for higher amounts of myopia. Conclusion: The post-LASIK nonpermanent depression in contrast sensitivity was probably due to optical factors.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems