Purpose: To compare the changes in posterior corneal curvature using scanning slit topography (Orbscan II) and Scheimpflug imaging (Pentacam) before and after Epi-laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) for myopia. Methods: In a prospective observational case-series study, 20 myopic patients having undergone Epi-LASIK were examined serially with two different devices, Orbscan II and Pentacam, preoperatively and one month postoperatively. Posterior central elevation (PCE) and posterior maximal elevation (PME) were compared between the two devices, and the changes in parameters after Epi-LASIK were analyzed using a difference map. Results: All parameters (preoperative and postoperative PCE and preoperative and postoperative PME) that were measured using the Orbscan II were significantly greater compared to those of the Pentacam (for all p < 0.001). PCE and PME were significantly increased one month postoperatively in the Orbscan II measurements (p < 0.05) but were not significantly increased in the Pentacam measurements. Also, ΔPCE and ΔPME, in the difference map obtained by each serial scanning, were significantly greater in the Orbscan II measurements than with the Pentacam (p = 0.012, p = 0.016). Conclusions: The Pentacam measurements displayed significantly reduced values in all parameters related to posterior corneal elevation compared to those of the Orbscan II. The Pentacam showed no significant change in posterior corneal curvature after Epi-LASIK, based on the difference map.
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