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Clin Exp Optom. 2006 Nov;89(6):386-9.

Delayed surface opacification of a hydroview intraocular lens.

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Department of Anatomical Pathology, Flinders Medical Centre and Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.


The insertion of an intraocular lens during cataract surgery is routine but delayed opacification of hydrophilic foldable intraocular lenses (IOLs) has been increasingly noticed as a late post-operative complication. Such opacification may present with reduced visual acuity and can be diagnosed with slitlamp biomicroscopy. Lens explantation may be required. We report an 89-year-old female presenting with opacification of a Hydroview IOL and correlate the clinical findings of the lens in situ with the light microscopy of the explanted lens, as well as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and elemental analysis. Pathological analysis of an explanted IOL may assist in a better understanding of the condition and may become relevant in medico-legal proceedings.

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