We describe a T-shaped capsule stabilization hook (modified capsule expander [M-CE]) used for repositioning and scleral fixation of the lens capsule of subluxated lenses. The 5-0 polypropylene device is flexible and attached to a curved needle. The contact portion is bent at 1.25 mm, and the end bifurcates in a T configuration to form a 3.75 mm footpad from which the capsular bag can be suspended. Modified capsule expanders were implanted in 4 eyes of 4 patients with subluxated cataractous lenses and provided excellent support and centration of the intraocular lens (IOL)-capsular bag complex. The IOLs remained well centered and stable. The corrected distance visual acuity improved to at least 20/20 in all patients after surgery. Thus, M-CEs were effective in fixating the lens capsule to the sclera in patients with significant zonular weakness. Financial Disclosure: Saori Yaguchi, Y. Asano, T. Kozawa, T. Miyawaki, K. Negishi, and K. Tsubota have no financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned. Additional disclosure is found in the footnotes.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Sensory Systems