May 2006
Volume 47, Issue 13
ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2006
Polymer Refilling of the Capsular Bag to Restore Accommodation in Primates
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • T. Terwee
    AMO, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • S. Koopmans
    Ophthalmology, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Footnotes
    Commercial Relationships  T. Terwee, AMO Groningen BV, E; S. Koopmans, AMO Groningen BV, F.
  • Footnotes
    Support  Dutch Grant TSGE1080
Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2006, Vol.47, 5892. doi:
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      T. Terwee, S. Koopmans; Polymer Refilling of the Capsular Bag to Restore Accommodation in Primates . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2006;47(13):5892.

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Purpose: : To demonstrate the ability to restore accommodation by injecting a selected polymer in the emptied capsular bag of a living monkey eye.

Methods: : After removing the natural lens of a rhesus monkey through a small peripheral rhexis, the capsular bag is treated with a modified viscoelastic solution to prevent LEC proliferation. Subsequently the bag is filled with a 2–component silicon polymer mixture and closed with a plug. The polymer mixture is cured at eye temperature into a polymer network with optical and mechanical properties similar to that of a 20 year old human lens. The operated eye receives three daily treatments with dexamethasone and gentamycine eye drops for as period of 2 weeks in order to prevent post–op inflammation.The refraction of the eye is measured with a Hartinger refractometer before and after pharmacological stimulation of accommodation. The lens thickness is measured with A–scan. The speed of sound of the artificial lens material is 1066 m/s.

Results: : Postoperatively, the eyes were clear and Hartinger refraction measurements showed a good optical quality of the operated eye. Maximum accommodation amplitudes of 6D and maximum lens thickness changes of 0.5 mm were recorded. Nine months postoperatively accommodation amplitudes of 3 – 4 D were still measured.

Conclusions: : A significant amount of accommodation can be restored in a rhesus monkey eye by replacing the natural crystalline lens with a full size polymer lens. This suggests that it must be possible to restore a functional level of human accommodation with injectable lenses.

Keywords: presbyopia • small incision cataract surgery • crystalline lens 

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