Over the weekend, Texas Retina Associates’ Ashkan M. Abbey, MDtaught a course titled Secondary Intraocular Lens (IOL) Techniques for Retina Specialists” at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) 2022 meeting in Chicago, Illinois. This was presented in collaboration with Ajay E. Kuriyan, MD; Omesh P. Gupta, MD; and Mohammed Ali Khan, MD, of Wills Eye Physicians — Mid Atlantic Retina, and Audina M. Berrocal, MD, from University of Miami Health System. With a global membership of 32,000 medical doctors, AAO is the worlds largest association of eye physicians and surgeons.

Secondary IOL placement surgery is performed on eyes that need an artificial lens but do not have adequate capsular support. The capsule of the eye is normally used to place an IOL after cataract surgery, but it can be disrupted or damaged by trauma, cataract surgery or retina surgery. This surgery can also be used on eyes that previously had cataract surgery but then had their IOL dislocate in the eye.

Multiple new techniques for secondary IOL placement surgery have recently emerged for retina specialists, and the AAO course reviewed several different approaches, including anterior chamber, scleral tunneled (with trocars or needles), intrascleral-sutured and iris-sutured IOL techniques. Dr. Abbey specifically focused on sutureless intrascleral fixation of intraocular lenses. The presenters also covered preoperative considerations and intraoperative and postoperative complication management.

Dr. Abbey cares for patients in our Dallas Main and Rockwall offices. You can learn more about him here.