Effect of intraocular lens fixation on acute intraocular pressure rise after neodymium-YAG laser capsulotomy


Neodymium-YAG laser posterior capsulotomy is associated in some cases with an acute rise in the intraocular pressure (IOP), possibly caused by blockage of the trabecular meshwork by debris. To test the hypothesis that the IOP rise is preventable if fixation of the intraocular lens (IOL) in the capsular bag is ensured, we conducted a study comparing IOP changes at 1, 2, 3 and 24 hours after Nd:YAG capsulotomy between eyes with capsular bag-fixated, one haptic in the bag (haptic in/out) and ciliary sulcus-fixated IOLs. Analysis of variance for repeated measures showed that after capsulotomy there were significant increases in IOP from baseline (p<0.05) in both the sulcus-fixated ( 1, 2 and 3 hours) and haptic in/out groups (2 and 3 hours), while IOPs in the bag-fixated group did not show any significant increase. The increases in IOP in the sulcus-fixated group at 1, 2 and 3 hours after capsulotomy were significantly higher than the IOP changes at the corresponding periods in the other two groups (Kruskal-Wallis test, p<0.01). The mean maximum IOP rise in the sulcus-fixated group (11.33 ± 7.85 mmHg) was significantly higher than that in the haptic in/out group (3.89 ± 7.14 mmHg) and the bag-fixated group (1.10 ± 2.71 mmHg), while there was no difference between the latter two groups. In 57.5% of the sulcus-fixated group, 5% of the haptic in/out group and none of the eyes of the bag-fixated group the IOP rise was more than 10 mmHg. A significantly larger proportion of sulcus-fixated eyes had anterior chamber cells and capsular debris after capsulotomy (χ2 test, p<0.001). In the haptic in/out group significant correlation (−0.56, p = 0.009) between IOP rise at 1 hour and the percentage enclosure of the IOL by the anterior capsule was demonstrated. There was no significant difference in maximum IOP rise between glaucomatous and non-glaucomatous eyes (Mann-Whitney U-test, p = 0.49).

DOI: 10.1038/eye.1996.111

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@article{Anand1996EffectOI, title={Effect of intraocular lens fixation on acute intraocular pressure rise after neodymium-YAG laser capsulotomy}, author={Nitin J Anand and Derek M . Tole and Andrew J Morrell}, journal={Eye}, year={1996}, volume={10}, pages={509-513} }