Assessment of straylight and the modulation transfer function of intraocular lenses with centrally localized opacification associated with the intraocular injection of gas

Grzegorz Łabuz, Timur M Yildirim, Thomas J T P van den Berg, Ramin Khoramnia, Gerd U Auffarth

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To assess the optical quality of intraocular lenses (IOLs) explanted because of opacification after the intraocular injection of gas.

SETTING: David J. Apple Laboratory, Heidelberg, Germany.

DESIGN: Experimental study.

METHODS: Four hydrophilic acrylic IOLs were studied, each with a centrally localized round opacification pattern associated with the intraocular use of gas. Laboratory analysis included gross examination with a light microscope, followed by alizarin and von Kossa staining. Optical quality was assessed by examining the modulation transfer function (MTF) and straylight. Results were compared with those of a control IOL and normative data for straylight of the crystalline lens. The following parameters were derived from image analysis: opacified surface fraction, light loss in the opacified surface, and the area and number of granules. The relationship between straylight increase and those parameters was studied.

RESULTS: Fine granules were identified on the IOL surface and subsurface. The granules stained positive for calcium, and the MTF levels of 2 IOLs dropped markedly. The other 2 showed relatively minor changes. The straylight was extremely increased in 3 IOLs up to (and above) a level of that of a cataractous lens. A proportional relationship was found between straylight and the morphological parameters from image analysis.

CONCLUSIONS: Intraocular lenses with centrally localized opacification have a strong potential for deteriorating optical performance. However, the optical quality might differ depending on the morphology of opacification. A serious straylight increase was found in most of these IOLs, suggesting that affected patients may suffer from glare-related symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-622
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Volume44
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2018

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