New Sutureless, Scleral-Fixated Intraocular Lens (Carlevale, Soleko) Implantation Combined With Descemet Stripping Automated Endothelial Keratoplasty: An Innovative Surgical Approach

Cornea. 2020 Nov;39(11):1460-1462. doi: 10.1097/ICO.0000000000002457.


Purpose: To describe a novel technique of combined Descemet stripping automated endothelial keratoplasty (DSAEK) with implantation of a new scleral fixated, sutureless, posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) (Carlevale, Soleko).

Methods: A new surgical technique description.

Results: We describe a novel surgical approach, namely combining implantation of a new scleral-fixated sutureless posterior chamber IOL with DSAEK for the management of IOL dislocation and corneal endothelial decompensation. The existing, dislocated IOL was removed, and 2 scleral radial incisions were performed 180 degrees apart. Two partial thickness scleral pockets were created along each scleral radial incision, followed by a 23 G sclerotomy. The IOL was placed in the posterior chamber by using 23 G vitreoretinal forceps, and each plug was secured under the 2 pockets. A standard DSAEK procedure was then performed. Four months postoperatively, the corneal graft was attached and clear. The Carlevale IOL was well positioned, and an improvement in the patient's vision was observed.

Conclusions: Combining implantation of a new scleral fixated foldable sutureless IOL (Carlevale, Soleko) with DSAEK could represent a viable and effective option for patients with IOL dislocation or aphakia, accompanied by corneal endothelial dysfunction.

Publication types

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  • Video-Audio Media

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aphakia, Postcataract / complications
  • Aphakia, Postcataract / surgery*
  • Corneal Diseases / complications
  • Corneal Diseases / surgery*
  • Descemet Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty / methods*
  • Humans
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular / methods*
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Male
  • Prosthesis Design
  • Sclera / surgery*
  • Sutureless Surgical Procedures / methods*
  • Visual Acuity