Article Text

other Versions

Opaque Intra-ocular Lens for Intractable Diplopia: Experience and Patients Expectations and Satisfaction
  1. Omar H Hadid (omar_hadid{at},
  2. Nicholas Wride (nicholaswride{at},
  3. Philip G Griffiths (p.g.griffiths{at},
  4. Nick Strong (nick.strong{at},
  5. Michael P Clarke (m.p.clarke{at}
  1. Royal Victoria Infirmary, United Kingdom
  2. Queen Margaret Hospital, United Kingdom
  3. Royal Victoria Infirmary, United Kingdom
  4. Royal Victoria Infirmary, United Kingdom
  5. Royal Victoria Infirmary, United Kingdom


    Aim: To report our experience with the use of opaque intraocular lenses (IOLs) in diplopia unresponsive to traditional management strategies. To assess patients’ satisfaction and the visual function of patients following insertion of opaque IOL using the Visual Function Index (VF-14)

    Settings: Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    Method: Data was obtained on all patients who underwent insertion of an opaque IOL at our institution between 2002 and 2006. Patients were interviewed by telephone. Any visual function impairment was assessed using the VF-14 questionnaire. Patients were also asked to score subjectively their overall satisfaction with the visual outcome after opaque IOL insertion

    Results: We studied 12 patients (n =12) who had insertion of Opaque IOL. All patients had constant and persistent diplopia unresponsive to other treatments acceptable to the patient. The median duration of diplopia was 5.5 years (interquartile range was 2.4-17.3 years). The post-operative VF-14 ranged from 75 to 100 and the mean VF-14 was 91 (95% CI 83-99). Three patients reported a maximum score of 100. Patient satisfaction ranged from 2-4 and the average was 3.4.

    Conclusions: Opaque intraocular lens (IOL) insertion is a valuable option in the management of intractable diplopia. The VF-14 revealed very little or no impairment in visual function following the procedure. All patients reported improvement in their visual function and were pleased with the final outcome.

    Statistics from

    Request permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.