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Ophthalmology. 1989 Aug;96(8):1241-7.

Sutured retropupillary posterior chamber intraocular lenses for exchange or secondary implantation. The 12th annual Binkhorst lecture, 1988.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Storm Eye Institute, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.


The histopathologic findings of four eyes obtained postmortem with iris-sutured posterior chamber intraocular lenses (PC IOLs) are described. These IOLs were implanted as exchange procedures. In most instances, the loops were not situated in the ciliary sulcus but rather were suspended behind the iris and ciliary body. Therefore, the primary mechanism of fixation of iris-sutured PC IOLs appears to be the sutures themselves rather than adherence to the ciliary tissues. This report of four eyes is preliminary, but the pathologic analysis, showing few significant lesions attributable to the IOL, provides a reason for optimism for using this technique. A long-term clinical study comparing the results of sutured PC IOLs with those of anterior chamber IOLs (AC IOLs) used in secondary or exchange implantation, as well as collection and analysis of more pathologic specimens, should provide a more definitive answer as to the preferred procedure.

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