|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 328
Seeing through the mist: An unusual case of tertiary cataract
Harinikrishna Balakrishnan, Gomathi Ramya Muthukrishnan, Praveena Moorthy
Department of General Ophthalmology, Aravind Eye Hospital, No. 1, Anna Nagar, Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||19-Apr-2022|
|Date of Decision||20-Aug-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||21-Aug-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||19-Dec-2022|
Department of General Ophthalmology, Aravind Eye Hospital, No. 1, Anna Nagar, Madurai - 625 020, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Balakrishnan H, Muthukrishnan GR, Moorthy P. Seeing through the mist: An unusual case of tertiary cataract. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2022;60:328
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Balakrishnan H, Muthukrishnan GR, Moorthy P. Seeing through the mist: An unusual case of tertiary cataract. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2022 [cited 2023 Feb 8];60:328. Available from: https://www.tnoajosr.com/text.asp?2022/60/4/332/364247
A 56-year-old male, 15 years post cataract surgery in both eyes, presented with complaints of glare in the left eye for six months. Visual acuity was 6/6 in RE and 6/6p in LE. Slit-lamp examination revealed whitish discolouration and misty appearance of the posterior chamber intraocular lens suggestive of opacification of Posterior chamber intraocular lens (PCIOL) in the LE [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Carl Zeiss IOL master 700 showed no potential space between the posterior capsule and Intraocular lens (IOL), ruling out capsular bag distension syndrome [Figure 1c]. Since the visual acuity was good, no surgical intervention was performed and the patient was advised for a regular follow-up. Opacification of IOL, also known as tertiary cataract, is a rare, late post-operative complication following cataract surgery. Opacification of IOLs can be associated with many factors, including IOL production processes, surgical techniques and metabolic conditions. Careful slit lamp examination is mandatory to differentiate IOL opacification from posterior capsule opacification and capsular bag distension syndrome due to the difference in line of management of the conditions. IOL exchange surgery is the only solution in cases of visually significant opacification of IOL.
|Figure 1: (1a and 1b) – Anterior segment photograph showing opacification of the PCIOL (1c) – Intraocular lens in normal position without any potential space between PCIOL and posterior capsule|
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