Purpose: The aim of the study was to present a novel technique for the assessment of postoperative centration and bending in phakic intraocular lens (PIOL), illustrated through 4 patient examples.
Design: This was a prospective observational study.
Methods: Four patients (7 eyes) who presented with complaints of reduced quality of vision after implantation with a Staar Collamer plate haptic PIOL were recruited for assessment. Scheimpflug images were obtained and analyzed with respect to the apical axis and the crystalline lens by means of an in-house–developed algorithm. The program provides an estimate for the PIOL centration and bending through an analysis of the distance between the PIOL and the crystalline lens.
Results: The algorithm detected PIOL bending in 5 of the 7 eyes and PIOL decentration in 3 eyes. The PIOL bending or decentration detected corresponded, in all cases, with the axis of the astigmatism-like complaints in the patient. In 2 eyes of the same patient, the analysis could not be performed because the distance between PIOL and crystalline lens was too short for reliable analysis.
Conclusions: This algorithm is a useful tool to objectively assess the postoperative complaints of patients implanted with a posterior chamber PIOL. Bending and decentration due to anatomical variations of the sulcus lens position can be measured and in many cases correlated with patients’ complaints.
From the *Department of Ophthalmology, Antwerp University Hospital, Edegem; and †Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, Antwerp University, Wilrijk, Belgium.
Received for publication May 31, 2013; accepted August 24, 2013.
The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.
Reprints: Marie-José B. R. Tassignon, MD, PhD, Department of Ophthalmology, Antwerp University Hospital, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem, Belgium. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.