Iris fixation of unstable anterior chamber intraocular lenses

Avner Belkin, Shay Ofir, Guy Kleinmann, Ehud Assia, Fani Segev

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Purpose: To present a surgical approach for the treatment of unstable anterior chamber intraocular lenses (ACIOLs). Methods: We present a series of 8 patients who underwent iris fixation of an unstable open-looped ACIOL associated with progressive corneal damage. The loops of the intraocular lens were firmly fixated to the iris using 9-0 or 10-0 polypropylene sutures. In 2 cases, iris fixation was associated with penetrating keratoplasty. The other cases were performed using a relatively closed-system technique. Results: All procedures were uneventful, with no intraoperative or postoperative complications. Suture fixation effectively prevented anterior-posterior or propelling movement. The ACIOLs in all cases were stable and well centered at the end of follow-up. Conclusions: Fixation of an existing unstable angle-supported ACIOL to the iris is an effective and simple alternative to intraocular lens exchange and posterior chamber fixation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1573-1576
Number of pages4
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2015


  • Anterior chamber intraocular lens fixation
  • Iris fixation


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