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J Cataract Refract Surg. 2004 Dec;30(12):2585-9.

Artisan lens implantation to correct aphakia after vitrectomy for retained nuclear lens fragments.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To report the results of pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) for retained lens fragments with implantation of an Artisan intraocular lens (IOL) (Ophtec) to correct aphakia.

SETTING:

University-based referral center.

METHODS:

In this retrospective case-controlled study, patients who had had a PPV to remove dislocated lens fragments and implantation of an Artisan IOL for pseudophakic correction during initial cataract surgery or PPV were reviewed.

RESULTS:

Thirteen patients were identified. The preoperative visual acuity was better than 20/200 in 5 patients and the intraocular pressure (IOP) was higher than 21 mm Hg in 8 patients; 3 patients had normal corneas. In 4 patients, an Artisan IOL was implanted during cataract surgery. Postoperative complications included recurrent erosion (1 eye), premacular fibrosis (2 eyes), and a retinal tear (1 eye). Elevation of the IOP occurred in 2 patients and was controllable with medication. Pupillary block developed in 1 patient and persistent cystoid macular edema in another. All but 2 patients gained more than 2 lines of visual acuity postoperatively, and all corneas remained clear during the follow-up (mean 28.9 months; range 2.5 to 69.0 months).

CONCLUSIONS:

After the removal of dislocated lens fragments with a PPV, Artisan IOL implantation in aphakic patients without capsule support led to few complications and good visual acuity. Placement of an Artisan IOL requires fewer manipulations than transscleral suture fixation of a posterior chamber IOL.

PMID:
15617928
DOI:
10.1016/j.jcrs.2004.04.050
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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