Clinicopathologic correlation of capsulorhexis phimosis with anterior flexing of single-piece hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lens haptics

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2010 Sep;36(9):1605-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2010.06.029.


We describe 2 cases in which patients with 4-looped single-piece hydrophilic acrylic intraocular lenses (IOLs) exhibited postoperative complications including capsulorhexis phimosis, decentration, tilt, hyperopic shift, and luxation leading to explantation of the IOL-capsular bag complex. The excessive capsule fibrosis led to anterior flexing of the IOL haptics in both cases, even in the presence of a capsular tension ring (CTR). Histopathological analyses revealed a thick fibrocellular tissue attached to the inner surface of the anterior capsules, corresponding to the anterior capsule opacification and folds. An amorphous substance was observed on the outer surface of the anterior capsule in the case with a CTR, suggesting pseudoexfoliation material. These and similar cases raise concerns about the postoperative behavior of highly flexible IOLs in the presence of excessive capsular bag fibrosis.

Financial disclosure: No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acrylic Resins*
  • Capsulorhexis
  • Device Removal
  • Female
  • Fibrosis
  • Humans
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / pathology*
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
  • Lenses, Intraocular / adverse effects*
  • Metaplasia
  • Middle Aged
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Postoperative Complications*
  • Prosthesis Failure*


  • Acrylic Resins