Moisture droplet formation on the posterior surface of intraocular lenses during fluid/air exchange

James E. Francese, F. Richard Christ, Shelley Y. Buchen, Arlene Gwon, Joseph E. Robertson

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Scopus citations

Abstract

We investigated the conditions under which moisture droplets would form on intraocular lens (IOL) posterior surfaces during fluid/air exchange procedures in rabbits implanted with silicone or poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) IOLs. Moisture droplets did not form when the posterior capsule was intact, regardless of IOL material or infusion fluid temperature. If a capsular tear was present, droplets formed with both IOL materials when balanced salt solution (BSS®) at ambient temperature was used as the infusion fluid. This effect was significantly more pronounced with silicone IOLs, resulting in an immediate loss of visualization of the fundus. In these cases, visualization was quickly restored by applying a viscoelastic to the posterior IOL surface.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)685-689
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of cataract and refractive surgery
Volume21
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

Keywords

  • fluid/air exchange
  • intraocular lens
  • moisture droplet
  • poly(methyl methacrylate)
  • silicone
  • vitreoretinal procedure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Moisture droplet formation on the posterior surface of intraocular lenses during fluid/air exchange'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this