Anterior chamber depth change following cataract surgery in pseudoexfoliation syndrome; A preliminary study

Mohammad Tafti, Hossein Beiki, S. Mohammadi, Golshan Latifi, Elham Ashrafi, Zahra Tafti

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Purpose: To assess the pseudophakic anterior chamber depth (PP-ACD) or effective lens position (ELP) change after cataract surgery in patients with pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEX). Methods: Consecutive eyes with PEX and cataract underwent standard phacoemulsification and were implanted with single-piece acrylic posterior chamber intraocular lenses (IOLs). Eyes with severe PEX and with axial length (AL) greater than 24 mm or less than 22 mm were not included. Eyes with capsular complication or unstable bags that needed capsular tension ring insertion were excluded. The SRK-II formula was applied to calculate IOL power for postoperative emmetropia. PP-ACD or ELP was measured using anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Data obtained at one and six months post operation were evaluated during analysis. Results: Twenty-six eyes of 26 subjects (mean age: 72 years; range: 60-84 years) were studied. PP-ACD was deepened (mean change: 0.08 mm) and a concurrent hyperopic shift (0.3 D) was observed postoperatively between month 1 and month 6 (P values ≤0.002). PP-ACD and postoperative refraction changes were correlated with age and AL (P values < 0.025), respectively. Increased hyperopic shift and PP-ACD deepening in eyes with posterior capsule opacification (PCO) was noted postoperatively at six months, but the difference was not statistically significant (P values = 0.15 and 0.2, respectively). Conclusion: After cataract surgery in eyes with PEX syndrome, a significant backward movement of the IOL occurs postoperatively in the first six months, which is associated with a concurrent small hyperopic shift.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Ophthalmic and Vision Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Cataract Surgery
  • Effective Lens Position
  • Pseudoexfoliation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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