Pathology of silicone intraocular lenses in human eyes obtained postmortem

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1995 Jul;21(4):447-52. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(13)80538-x.


The increased use of phacoemulsification and small incision surgery has led to interest in a soft intraocular lens (IOL) for implantation after cataract extraction. We present the pathologic findings of seven eyes obtained postmortem from five patients with silicone IOLs. Length of implantation ranged from 6 weeks to 13 months. There was symmetric bag-bag fixation in all cases. Two IOLs had distorted and compressed polypropylene loops, resulting in decentration. The silicone IOL appeared to be well tolerated in all cases.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Cell Count
  • Endothelium, Corneal / pathology
  • Eye / pathology*
  • Female
  • Foreign-Body Migration / etiology
  • Foreign-Body Migration / pathology
  • Humans
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phacoemulsification*
  • Silicone Elastomers*


  • Biocompatible Materials
  • Silicone Elastomers