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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 136

Subluxated spherophakic lens: Zonules still not relinquished

Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Date of Web Publication21-Dec-2018

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Dr. Vanita Pathak-Ray
Centre For Sight, Banjara Hills, Road No 2, Hyderabad - 500 034, Telangana
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DOI: 10.4103/ijo.IJO_1154_18

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Pathak-Ray V. Subluxated spherophakic lens: Zonules still not relinquished. Indian J Ophthalmol 2019;67:136

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Pathak-Ray V. Subluxated spherophakic lens: Zonules still not relinquished. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Jan 16];67:136. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2019/67/1/136/248116

Microspherophakic lens are small with weak zonules, leading to clinical manifestations of high myopia, progressive subluxation and/or dislocation, and glaucoma either pupillary block or angle closure.[1]

A 36-year-old patient with bilateral nonsyndromic microspherophakia re-presented with blurred vision; 6 years after, he had undergone prophylactic bilateral laser peripheral iridotomy (LPI) and a right eye trabeculectomy with mitomycin C for unrelated secondary glaucoma (due to anterior uveitis), which complicated his clinical course. When examined, his best corrected visual acuity was 20/40 and 20/50 in the right and left eyes, respectively, with -12.0 dioptre sphere; slit-lamp examination revealed irregular depth of anterior chamber bilaterally with patent LPI. A diffuse bleb was seen in the right eye. Intraocular pressure (IOP) was recorded as 16 and 14 mmHg, respectively. On dilatation, sparse zonules were visible; progressive subluxation was seen, but dislocation was prevented by sentinel zonules [Figure 1], still hanging on to the lens. Rest of the examination of both eyes was within normal limits, including discs and visual fields.
Figure 1: Sparse zonules in a subluxated spherophakic lens

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Patient underwent a lensectomy via the anterior route with intrascleral haptic fixation of a posterior chamber intraocular implant (sclera-fixated IOL) in each eye, accomplished by a glaucoma surgeon.[2],[3],[4]

Patient achieved 20/20 vision in both eyes unaided; N6 with an addition of + 2.50. IOP was controlled with a functioning bleb in the right eye. Other than mild vitreous haemorrhage, no other serious complications were seen in the follow-up period.

To conclude, a regular vigil is essential to prevent posterior dislocation of a microspherophakic lens, enabling an anterior segment approach in its management, thereby avoiding the skill, cost, and potential complications of a posterior approach.


Mr. Shiva Sankar, Ophthalmic Photographer, Centre for Sight.

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