TNOA Journal of Ophthalmic Science and Research

: 2019  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 255-

Opacification in hydrophobic and hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lenses

Sudhakar Potti, Akhil Bevara 
 Department of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Dr. Sudhakar Potti
Sankara Eye Hospital, Guntur-Vijayawada Expressway, Pedakakani, Guntur - 522 509, Andhra Pradesh

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Potti S, Bevara A. Opacification in hydrophobic and hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lenses.TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2019;57:255-255

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Potti S, Bevara A. Opacification in hydrophobic and hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lenses. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Mar 31 ];57:255-255
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Five years after implantation of three-piece hydrophobic acrylic intraocular lens (IOL) (Model: MA60AC) for traumatic cataract in a 50-year-old, a homogeneous opacification of the optic was seen [Figure 1]a. A possible mechanism for this opacification (whitening) may be a sustained mild postoperative inflammation that can alter the biomechanics, leading to an influx of water and opacification of the optic.[1],[2]{Figure 1}

Five years after implantation of a hydrophilic acrylic IOL in a 74-year-old, discrete white calcific deposits were seen all over the posterior surface of the optic [Figure 1]b. This was probably caused by an altered surface integrity that allowed adsorption of proteins with the deposition of calcium.[3]

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