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Pseudoexfoliation material on posterior chamber intraocular lenses

Authors da Rocha-Bastos RA, Silva S, Prézia F, Falcão-Reis F, Melo A

Received 30 January 2014

Accepted for publication 4 April 2014

Published 11 August 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 1475—1478

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S61601

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Ricardo António da Rocha-Bastos,1 Sérgio Estrela Silva,1 Flávio Prézia,1 Fernando Falcão-Reis,1,2 António B Melo1

1Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital São João, Alameda Prof Hernâni Monteiro, Porto, Portugal; 2Department of Sense Organs, Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, Alameda Prof Hernâni Monteiro, Porto, Portugal

Abstract: The presence of pseudoexfoliation material on the surface of an intraocular lens (IOL) is a rare finding. We report a series of seven cases with different patterns of pseudoexfoliation material deposition on the posterior chamber IOLs, recognized 2–20 years after cataract surgery. Six patients had an IOL implanted in the capsular bag and one in the ciliary sulcus. Two patients had undergone posterior capsulotomy. Although the pathophysiological mechanisms and clinical significance of this finding remain unknown, the careful follow-up of pseudophakic patients with known or suspected pseudoexfoliation syndrome is essential to monitor the development or progression of glaucoma, since deposition of pseudoexfoliation material continues even after cataract surgery.

Keywords: intraocular lens, glaucoma, exfoliation syndrome, cataract

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