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Intraocular lens iris fixation. Clinical and macular OCT outcomes

Leonardo Garcia-Rojas1, Juan Manuel Paulin-Huerta1, Eduardo Chavez-Mondragon1 and Arturo Ramirez-Miranda12*

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1 Anterior Segment Department, Instituto De Oftalmología Fundación Conde De Valenciana, Mexico City, Mexico

2 Cornea and Refractive Surgery Department, Instituto De Oftalmología Fundación Conde De Valenciana, Chimalpopoca 14 Colonia Obrera, Mexico City 06800, Mexico

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BMC Research Notes 2012, 5:560  doi:10.1186/1756-0500-5-560

Published: 10 October 2012



To assess the efficacy, clinical outcomes, visual acuity (VA), incidence of adverse effects, and complications of peripheral iris fixation of 3-piece acrylic IOLs in eyes lacking capsular support. Thirteen patients who underwent implantation and peripheral iris fixation of a 3-piece foldable acrylic PC IOL for aphakia in the absence of capsular support were followed after surgery. Clinical outcomes and macular SD-OCT (Cirrus OCT; Carl Zeiss Meditec, Germany) were analyzed.


The final CDVA was 20/40 or better in 8 eyes (62%), 20/60 or better in 12 eyes (92%), and one case of 20/80 due to corneal astigmatism and mild persistent edema. No intraoperative complications were reported. There were seven cases of medically controlled ocular hypertension after surgery due to the presence of viscoelastic in the AC. There were no cases of cystoid macular edema, chronic iridocyclitis, IOL subluxation, pigment dispersion, or glaucoma. Macular edema did not develop in any case by means of SD-OCT.


We think that this technique for iris suture fixation provides safe and effective results. Patients had substantial improvements in UDVA and CDVA. This surgical strategy may be individualized however; age, cornea status, angle structures, iris anatomy, and glaucoma are important considerations in selecting candidates for an appropriate IOL fixation method.