Lens and vitreous
Prosthetic intraocular lenses

Topic Completed: 1 February 2014

Revised: 2 April 2019

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PubMed Search: Prosthetic intraocular lenses

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Lens and vitreous: prosthetic intraocular lenses. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyelensprostheticintraocular.html. Accessed August 25th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Made of polymethylmethacrylate
  • Usually placed in space enclosed by lens capsule
  • Most have central optical zone (the "optic") and peripheral extensions that secure the lens within the eye ("haptics")
  • Rarely removed due to corneal injury or if they induce inflammation
Gross description
  • Flat
  • Entire surface can be examined by light microscopy
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • May have adherent multinucleated giant cells, chronic inflammatory cells, fragments of lens capsule or melanin granules
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