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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25-27

Calcium-phosphate deposits on a hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lens after silicon oil tamponade

1 Department of Ophthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany
2 Acritec GmbH, Henningsdorf, Germany

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Rashid Alsaeidi
Department of Ophthalmology, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Mathildenstr. 8, 80336 Munich
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-620X.43317

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We report a 52-year-old man who underwent uncomplicated cataract operation and posterior chamber lens implantation (hydrophilic acrylic lens) in his left eye 5 years prior to presentation. Two years after surgery he developed pseudophakic retinal detachment which was successfully treated with pars plana vitrectomy and silicon oil tamponade. The silicon oil was removed one year after surgery. A year later he complained of increasing blurred vision in the left eye. Clinical examination revealed vesicular alterations located superficially on the intraocular lens (IOL), which could not be removed by perflourocarbon-perflourohexloctane lavage. As the patient complained about increasing visual impairment, the IOL was removed. The IOL was investigated by electronmicroscopy and biochemical analysis. During electron microscopy and following biochemical analysis the observed alterations were identified as calcium-phosphate particles located on the superficial aspect of the IOL. The occurrence of calcium-phosphate deposits on a posterior chamber IOL after silicon oil tamponade is a rare complication and has not been described so far. As these deposits interfere with visual acuity, removal of the lens has to be considered.

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