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Treatment of dystrophic calcification on a silicone intraocular lens with pars plana vitrectomy

Authors Mehta N, Goldberg R, Shah C

Received 7 February 2014

Accepted for publication 25 March 2014

Published 8 July 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 1291—1293

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S62108

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Nitish Mehta,1 Roger A Goldberg,2 Chirag P Shah2

1University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, USA; 2Department of Retina, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Purpose: Dense, vision-obscuring calcification on the posterior aspect of silicone intraocular lenses (IOLs) is often not amenable to neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet capsulotomy, and, in prior reports, has required IOL exchange. We report the successful removal of dense calcium deposition on the posterior surface of a three-piece silicone lens using pars plana vitrectomy (PPV).
Materials and methods: A 23-gauge PPV was performed using the Stellaris® vitrectomy system. A light pipe was used to retroilluminate the IOL, and a dense fibrous tissue setting with a low cut-rate and high aspiration rate was able to clear the visual axis of the dystrophic calcification without damaging the IOL optic.
Results: Visual acuity improved from 20/100 to 20/25.
Conclusion: Small-gauge PPV may be utilized to remove dense dystrophic calcium deposits on the lens surface in lieu of IOL exchange.

Keywords: cataract surgery, technique, Nd:YAG capsulotomy, IOL exchange

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