Implantation of scleral-fixated posterior chamber intraocular lenses

William E. Smiddy, Mark R. Sawusch, Terrence P. O'Brien, Douglas R. Scott, Suber S. Huang

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A surgical technique for implanting a posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) in eyes without capsular or zonular support is presented. A 10-0 polypropylene suture attached to a standard needle is tied to the apex of each haptic and passed transclerally through the ciliary sulcus to secure the haptics at the 3 o'clock and 9 o'clock meridians. This technique produced good visual results in six aphakic patients who were contact lens intolerant, two patients in whom capsular or zonular rupture at the time of cataract surgery precluded standard nonsuture fixation techniques, one patient who had intracapsular cataract extraction for a subluxated, cataractous lens, and one patient who had secondary IOL implantation in combination with penetrating keratoplasty for aphakic bullous keratopathy. Advantages over other techniques of posterior chamber lens implantation in the absence of capsular support include technical ease, avoidance of iris fixation, and more precise placement of scleral fixation sutures, thus minimizing IOL decentration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)691-696
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1990


  • aphakia
  • cataract
  • intraocular lens
  • posterior chamber
  • scleral fixation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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