Dissatisfaction after implantation of multifocal intraocular lenses.

N.E. de Vries, C.A.B. Webers, W.R. Touwslager, N.J. Bauer, J. de Brabander, T.T.J.M. Berendschot, R.M.M.A. Nuijts*

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PURPOSE: To analyze the symptoms, etiology, and treatment of patient dissatisfaction after multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. SETTING: Department of Ophthalmology, Maastricht University Medical Center, The Netherlands. DESIGN: Case series. METHODS: In this retrospective chart review, the main outcome measures were type of complaints, uncorrected and corrected distance visual acuities, uncorrected and distance-corrected near visual acuities, refractive state, pupil diameter and wavefront aberrometry measurements, and type of treatment. RESULTS: Seventy-six eyes of 49 patients were included. Blurred vision (with or without photic phenomenon) was reported in 72 eyes (94.7%) and photic phenomena (with or without blurred vision) in 29 eyes (38.2%). Both symptoms were present in 25 eyes (32.9%). Residual ametropia and astigmatism, posterior capsule opacification, and a large pupil were the 3 most significant etiologies. Sixty-four eyes (84.2%) were amenable to therapy, with refractive surgery, spectacles, and laser capsulotomy the most frequent treatment modalities. Intraocular lens exchange was performed in 3 cases (4.0%). CONCLUSION: The cause of dissatisfaction after implantation of a multifocal IOL can be identified and effective treatment measures taken in most cases. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)859-865
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011


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