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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 62  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 737-739

Laboratory analyses of two explanted hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lenses


1 Qingdao University Medical College; Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Shandong Eye Institute, Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Qingdao, China
2 Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Ophthalmology, Shandong Eye Institute, Shandong Academy of Medical Sciences, Qingdao, China

Correspondence Address:
Lixin Xie
Shandong Eye Institute, 5 Yanerdao Road, Qingdao 266071
China
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Source of Support: Contract grant sponsor, National Natural Science Foundation of China (81370996) and Shandong Province Natural Science Foundation (ZR2012HM009),, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.136262

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Two three-piece hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lenses (IOLs) were explanted from two patients at 7 and 9 years, respectively, after implantation, because of poor fundus visualisation and/or a clinically significant decrease in visual acuity related to their opacified IOLs. In addition to light microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, confocal laser scanning microscopy was used for the first time to observe the explanted IOLs. The clinical aspect seemed to correspond to the phenomenon of surface light scattering, while laboratory analyses showed dense glistenings in the central layer of the IOL optic, which had no change next to the surface. Further studies on these phenomena are needed.


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