Biocompatibility of intraocular lenses

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Purpose. The choice of intraocular lens (IOL) implanted by cataract surgeons has significant implications for the effectiveness of the operation and the subsequent need for capsulotomy. Methods. Comparison of pertinent peer-reviewed literature published from 1996 through 2001 obtained from a MEDLINE literature search on biocompatibility indicators and IOLs. This review pertains to routine, uncomplicated cataract surgery, and thus, the findings may not be relative to complicated surgeries. Currently available IOLs were not included in this review if no published data on the IOL were available. However, representative lenses from all the major biomaterial classes were included. Results. Overall results of a comparison of published accounts of posterior capsular opacification, Nd:YAG capsulotomies, anterior capsular opacification, aqueous flare, cellular reaction, capsular adhesion, and capsular stability show a polyacrylic elastomer to be the most highly biointegrated IOLs by the human eye. Conclusions. Most evidence published in peer-reviewed journals suggests a clear IOL choice for cataract surgeons. In the field of implantable medical devices, one device in a category does not usually provide consistently superior performance of its intended function. The ability of the biomaterial to maintain a clear optical axis not only by suppressing the proliferation of lens epithelial cells, and thus inhibiting posterior capsular opacification formation and obviating the need for an Nd:YAG capsulotomy, but also by adhering to and stabilizing the capsular bag is, to date, unmatched by any other IOL available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)155-163
Number of pages9
JournalEye and Contact Lens
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2003


  • Biocompatibility
  • Intraocular lens

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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