Complications of cosmetic iris implants

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2008 Jul;34(7):1222-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2008.02.035.


Cosmetic intraocular iris implants for the purpose of changing iris color have recently been developed; however, little is known about their safety. We report a patient who had bilateral implantation of colored silicone iris implants solely for cosmetic reasons. The rapid development of uveitis, corneal decompensation, and ocular hypertension resulted in the need for explantation of the implants. Placement of these devices should require specific medical indications and meticulous surgery with early and long-term evaluation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Corneal Edema / diagnosis
  • Corneal Edema / etiology*
  • Corneal Edema / surgery
  • Cosmetic Techniques
  • Device Removal
  • Humans
  • Iris*
  • Male
  • Ocular Hypertension / diagnosis
  • Ocular Hypertension / etiology*
  • Ocular Hypertension / surgery
  • Prostheses and Implants / adverse effects*
  • Uveitis, Anterior / diagnosis
  • Uveitis, Anterior / etiology*
  • Uveitis, Anterior / surgery