Artificial iris implantation in a 9-year-old boy

Eur J Ophthalmol. 2015 Oct 21;25(6):e109-11. doi: 10.5301/ejo.5000645.


Purpose: To demonstrate the successful surgical treatment of congenital aniridia.

Methods: Development of sight-impairing cortical cataracts in a young boy with congenital aniridia led to the decision to perform phacoemulsification, intraocular lens implantation, and artificial iris implantation in each eye.

Results: Thorough examination showed that aniridia and cataract were the explanation for the patient's symptoms (sensitivity to glare and visual impairment). Combined surgery was performed without complication. A follow-up visit showed an improved corrected distance visual acuity of 8/20 (OU) and correctly centered implants.

Conclusions: Artificial Iris® implantation combined with cataract surgery was successful in treating this child with congenital aniridia and lens opacification.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aniridia / surgery*
  • Artificial Organs*
  • Cataract / congenital
  • Glare
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Iris*
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
  • Male
  • Phacoemulsification
  • Prosthesis Implantation*
  • Vision Disorders / rehabilitation
  • Visual Acuity / physiology