[Aniridia-IOL and artificial iris reconstruction]

Klin Monbl Augenheilkd. 2013 Aug;230(8):786-90. doi: 10.1055/s-0032-1328508. Epub 2013 Jun 6.
[Article in German]


Aniridia is defined as missing iris tissue which can be partial, subtotal or total. Characteristic clinical symptoms include photophobia and decreased visual acuity due to an increased light perception. In addition, disturbing cosmetic problems are prevalent. Modern iris reconstruction implants offer visual and cosmetic rehabilitation. Amongst them are aniridia intraocular lenses (IOL), iris segment implants and the "artificial iris". Different overall and pupil diameters are available for total or partial implants. At the same time aphakia or cataract can be treated when using aniridia IOLs. Intra- and extracapsular fixation is possible. The "artificial iris" can be folded and implanted through small incisions. The aesthetic results are improved significantly due to customised colour selection providing increased patient satisfaction postoperatively.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aniridia / complications*
  • Aniridia / therapy*
  • Eye, Artificial*
  • Humans
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular / methods
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Plastic Surgery Procedures / instrumentation*
  • Vision Disorders / etiology*
  • Vision Disorders / rehabilitation*