Combined transscleral fixation of an artificial iris prosthesis with an intraocular lens

Arq Bras Oftalmol. 2016 Feb;79(1):53-5. doi: 10.5935/0004-2749.20160017.


Post-traumatic aniridia combined with aphakia may be seen after globe injury. Aside from esthetic aspects, partial or total loss of the iris tissue may also be related to various degrees of glare and photophobia. Such patients suffer from severe visual impairment secondary to aphakia. Herein we describe a novel surgical technique for the management of an aphakic eye with traumatic aniridia for a patient who underwent transscleral fixation of a custom-tailored artificial iris prosthesis combined with a rigid intraocular lens (IOL). Tight suturing of the IOL haptic eyelets on the silicone iris prosthesis and fixation of such a complex to the scleral wall may provide excellent cosmetic and functional outcomes in aphakic eyes with aniridia.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aniridia / etiology
  • Aniridia / surgery*
  • Aphakia / etiology
  • Aphakia / surgery*
  • Eye Injuries / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Iris / surgery*
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular / methods
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Middle Aged
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Sclera / surgery*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity