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Intraocular lens implants and risk of endophthalmitis
  1. J W B Bainbridgea,
  2. M Teimorya,
  3. H Tabandeha,
  4. J F Kirwana,
  5. R Daltona,
  6. F Reidb,
  7. C K Rostrona
  1. aDepartment of Ophthalmology, St George’s Hospital, London SW17 0QT, bDepartment of Medical Statistics, St George’s Hospital Medical School, London SW17 0QT
  1. Mr Teimory, Worthing Hospital, Lyndhurst Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 2DH.


AIM To investigate the possible association between the use of three piece foldable silicone polypropylene (SPP) intraocular lenses (IOLs) and an increased risk of postoperative endophthalmitis.

METHODS A retrospective analysis was conducted of all cases of postoperative endophthalmitis following phacoemulsification surgery in a single unit over a 3 year period. The incidence of postoperative endophthalmitis in eyes with SPP IOLs was compared with the incidence in eyes with single piece polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) IOLs.

RESULTS 772 cataract extractions by phacoemulsification were performed. One (0.16%) of the 622 patients with PMMA IOLs developed endophthalmitis. Excluding one patient who had aplastic anaemia, five (3.33%) of 150 patients with SPP IOLs developed endophthalmitis. The relative risk for postoperative endophthalmitis associated with the use of the SPP IOL compared with the PMMA IOL was 20.1 (p=0.015).

CONCLUSION This study adds further evidence to the concept that SPP IOLs can be a significant risk factor in the development of postoperative endophthamitis.

  • cataract surgery
  • phacoemulsification
  • intraocular lenses
  • endophthalmitis

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