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Ophthalmologe. 2012 Jan;109(1):54-8. doi: 10.1007/s00347-011-2447-1.

[Early in-the-bag spontaneous intraocular lens dislocation of hydrophilic acryl single piece lenses following uncomplicated phacoemulsification].

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  • 1Augenklinik, Campus Virchow Klinikum, Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353, Berlin, Deutschland.



As techniques for cataract surgery have evolved, spontaneous intraocular lens (IOL) dislocation in patients with no ocular pathology arises less frequently. We present seven consecutive cases of uncomplicated cataract surgery with early in-the-bag spontaneous intraocular lens dislocation for which the same type of hydrophilic single piece lens was used.


A retrospective analysis was conducted on seven cases involving patients with IOL dislocation who underwent uncomplicated cataract surgery within a period of 4 months (October 2010 to January 2011) using the same type of single piece IOL. The median age of the 7 patients was 73 years and IOL repositioning was performed after an average of 10 weeks.


Sulcus repositioning could be carried out in only five of the seven patients and IOL repositioning within the capsule was achieved in one patient. A second patient exhibited IOL dislocation after yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) laser capsulotomy. Explantation of the IOL and sulcus implantation of another IOL type (Acrysof MA50 MB) was necessary for a third patient. A fourth case presented an angled IOL haptic and dislocation of the IOL in the sulcus position.


Even after uncomplicated cataract surgery, spontaneous in-the-bag IOL dislocation in patients with no ocular pathology may occur due to a hydrophilic lens material which induces stronger anterior capsular phimosis (ACP) in comparison to alternative materials. In combination with a thin lens design this may result in angled IOL haptics and IOL dislocation.


Careful selection of suitable lens design and material according to individual predisposing factors is necessary. This retrospective case study demonstrates that the combination of hydrophilic lens material and a thin lens design may result in early spontaneous IOL dislocation. Furthermore, as established in one case, YAG laser capsulotomy may induce IOL dislocation if the lens design cannot withstand capsular fibrosis.

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