Following a bad cataract surgery and loss of iris, can a lens still be put in the eye to see, what to do?
Yes, an intraocular lens (IOL) can still be placed into the eye even with an extensive loss of iris. Innovative artificial iris implants are also available to avoid post operative glare that can occur after iris loss after cataract surgery.
Depending on your eye’s anatomy (which structures are still present after the cataract surgery) the IOL can be placed in the bag (capsule), in the sulcus (on top of the bag; behind the artificial iris), or sutured to the sclera.
Artificial irises are also available as segments.
Sandra Lora Cremers, MD, FACS