Spontaneous Scleral Perforation of an Anterior Chamber Intraocular Lens

Oriel Spierer, Terrence P. O'Brien

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A routine eye examination of a 69-year-old man revealed a scleral perforation of one of the haptics of the anterior chamber intraocular lens (AC IOL) which had been implanted many years ago. The patient was asymptomatic with good visual acuity. His history was negative for any trauma, eye rubbing, topical corticosteroid use, or autoimmune disease. The horizontal and vertical white-to-white diameters of the cornea in the right eye were 11.5 and 10.5 mm, respectively. Anterior segment optical coherence tomography showed the anterior chamber length to be 12.28 mm horizontally and 10.63 mm vertically. The patient underwent an IOL exchange, and the length of the explanted AC IOL was measured to be 12 mm. We speculate that the AC IOL, which was vertically aligned, was oversized. This case demonstrates the need for proper sizing and positioning of an AC IOL. In complex cases where AC IOL may be used, measuring the horizontal and vertical lengths of the anterior chamber by anterior segment optical coherence tomography prior to surgery may be useful.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-252
Number of pages4
JournalCase Reports in Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Anterior chamber intraocular lens
  • Anterior segment optical coherence tomography
  • Cataract surgery
  • Scleral perforation
  • White-to-white diameter


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