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What Can We Learn from Laboratorial Analyses of Explanted IOLs?

Guest Speaker Liliana Werner MD PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Our CODET Vision Institute Monthly Academic Session took place on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. The topic for this live webinar was “What Can We Learn from Laboratorial Analyses of Explanted IOLs?” This presentation was given by guest speaker Liliana Werner, a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Co-Director of the Intermountain Ocular Research Center at the John A. Moran Eye Center, the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Dr. Werner is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery and was recently nominated as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Female figures in the World of Ophthalmology by the journalism magazine The Ophthalmologist.

The session began with an introduction of Dr. Werner by CODET Founder and Medical Director Dr. Arturo Chayet. Dr. Werner started her presentation by explaining the biomaterials used in the manufacture of intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are divided into acrylic and silicon materials. She then explained the differences between each type of material according to their properties, which provided a guiding point for the main focus of this live webinar: a discussion on the different causes of IOL opacification according to the IOL material.

As Dr. Werner said, “We can learn a lot with laboratorial analyses of explanted Intraocular lenses regarding post-operative opacification and the different factors that may be related to the patient’s associated conditions. Factors such as IOLs manufacturing and IOL storage may contribute to an opacification of the lens. Opacification may occur shortly after the procedure or many years after surgery, but there is an impact of IOLs material and design on IOL complications”.

Dr. Werner’s presentation was followed by an excellent and interesting case presentation of lens opacification, specifically related to glistening, which was presented by our international Anterior Segment Fellow Dr. Guglielmo Buonomo.

The live webinar ended on a high note with a Q&A session with our audience, colleagues, and presenters.

We thank Dr. Liliana Werner for taking part in this very enriching and educational Academic Session. If you would like to see this webinar, you can do it in the video below.