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Yan Ke Xue Bao. 1997 Mar;13(1):46-8, 45.

Non-trans-scleral suture fixation of posterior chamber intraocular lenses in the absence of posterior capsular support.

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  • 1Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center, Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou 510060, China.



To develop a new technique for fixation of posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) in the absence of posterior capsule support.


We performed non-trans-scleral fixation of intraocular lenses on 24 cases (24 eyes) without posterior capsule support. Two scleral flaps with limbal incisions and two peripheral iridectomies were made at 1 o'clock and 7 o'clock positions respectively. A suture-leading needle was used to lead the prolene suture from the limbal incision and iridectomy on one side through the iridectomy and limbal incision on the other side. Intraocular lens (IOL) was then fixed in the ciliary sulcus.


After a mean follow-up of 6.6 months (range from 3 to 14 months), corrected visual acuity of 16 cases (16 eyes, 66.7%) got 0.5 or better. Postoperative complications included discoria (4 eyes), surface membrane formation (1 eye), choroidal detachment (1 eye) and tilt of IOL (1 eyes), but all were not severe.


In some situations such as low intraocular pressure, non-penetration scleral fixation may be a good way to implant IOL in the absence of posterior capsule support.

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