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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2001 Apr;27(4):608-13.

Effect of round-edged acrylic intraocular lenses on preventing posterior capsule opacification.

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  • 1Nishi Eye Hospital, Osaka, Japan.



To clarify the extent to which the adhesiveness of an acrylic material influences the formation of posterior capsule opacification (PCO).


Jinshikai Medical Foundation, Nishi Eye Hospital, Osaka, Japan.


Two types of AcrySof(R) intraocular lenses (IOLs) were prepared: round edged and tumbled. The AcrySof with round edges was implanted in 1 eye in a group of 4 rabbits and the tumbled IOL, in 1 eye in a group of 5 rabbits. In both groups, the contralateral eye received a conventional AcrySof with sharp optic edges. A histopathological examination was performed 3 weeks after surgery.


With the round-edged AcrySof IOL, no capsular bend formed at the optic edge and abundant lens epithelial cells (LECs) migrated posteriorly. With the sharp-edged AcrySof lens, a sharp capsular bend formed and LEC migration was significantly inhibited. In eyes with a tumbled IOL, a capsular bend was created, but it was less marked than that created by the sharp-edged lens and there was slightly more LEC migration posteriorly.


The AcrySof IOL lost its preventive effect on PCO when the optic was rounded. The effect of the AcrySof lens in preventing PCO is mainly a result of its rectangular, sharp-edged optic design. The acrylic material may play a complementary role by helping create a sharp capsular bend. Capsular bend formation is the key to the PCO preventive effect of an IOL.

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