Can We Fix It? Yes, We Can!
When a patient comes to us with a calcified IOL, all is not lost. The solution is clear – it just requires care and skill
Sheraz Daya | | Opinion
Recently, a series of patients who had received a particular IOL began to complain of deteriorating vision. Many underwent YAG capsulotomies thinking this was the cause of the opacity, but with no benefit. The reason? These patients had all received IOLs from batches that turned out to be prone to calcification. Fortunately, the incidence of lens calcification was low (0.08 percent), and the manufacturer asserts that the problem has now been solved; but that is of little comfort to the affected patients. Furthermore, other individuals with calcifying lenses may be identified in the future – so what can the surgeon do in these cases? Here are my thoughts on the appropriate procedure, based on performance of many lens exchanges over the last few years.
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