Long-term follow-up of hydrogel intracorneal lenses in 2 aphakic eyes

Isabelle E Y Saelens, Isabel Bleyen, Toine Hillenaar, Alberta A Thiadens, Willem H Houdijn Beekhuis, Lies Remeijer, Gabriel Van Rij

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We report the outcome of hydrogel intracorneal lens implantation in 2 patients. The lenses were implanted at approximately 50% depth in the cornea to correct high hyperopic refractive errors of 10.5 diopters (D) and 14.0 D, respectively. Both patients were contact lens intolerant and not suitable for intraocular lens implantation. Surgery was performed in 1988, and the patients were followed until early 2010. The patients showed good tolerance for the intracorneal lenses, but both developed opacities around the implant, leading to reduced visual acuity in 1 patient. Long-term patient monitoring is essential since corneal opacities can develop after many years. Removing the implant is not necessary as the lens can easily be rinsed by lifting the corneal cap.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2200-3
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010


  • Adult
  • Aphakia, Postcataract/surgery
  • Corneal Opacity/etiology
  • Corneal Stroma/surgery
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Hydrogel, Polyethylene Glycol Dimethacrylate
  • Hyperopia/surgery
  • Lenses/adverse effects
  • Male
  • Microscopy, Confocal
  • Prosthesis Implantation
  • Vision Disorders/etiology
  • Visual Acuity


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