The "sandwich technique" for iris-fixated phakic intraocular lens implantation

J Refract Surg. 2006 Jan-Feb;22(1):96-8. doi: 10.3928/1081-597X-20060101-17.


Purpose: To describe a new technique of implantation of the Artisan/Verisyse phakic intraocular lens (PIOL).

Methods: After PIOL insertion into the anterior chamber, a bolus of a high viscosity ophthalmic viscosurgical device (OVD) is placed over the optic, separating it widely from the endothelium.

Results: The technique decreases the chance of endothelial damage during enclavation.

Conclusions: A bolus of a high viscosity OVD placed on the anterior surface of the Artisan/Verisyse PIOL may make enclavation safer.

MeSH terms

  • Anterior Chamber*
  • Humans
  • Iris / surgery*
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular / methods*
  • Refractive Surgical Procedures*
  • Suture Techniques*