Contributions of the capsulorrhexis to straylight

Ivanka J.E. Van Der Meulen, Leonore A. Engelbrecht, Tom C.T. Van Riet, Ruth Lapid-Gortzak, Carla P. Nieuwendaal, Maarten P. Mourits, Thomas J.T.P. Van Den Berg

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Objectives: To quantify the effect of the capsulorrhexis on straylight and to determine optimal capsulorrhexis size. Methods: Fifty-six pseudophakic eyes with intact capsulorrhexis were included in the study. Straylight was measured with a straylight meter before and after pupil dilation. Capsulorrhexis and pupil diameter were measured and opacity of the anterior capsule was graded (on a scale of 0-5) with the slitlamp. Capsulorrhexis size and opacity were compared with the difference in straylight values between natural and dilated pupils. Results: The mean capsulorrhexis diameter was 4.5mm (range, 2.9-6.2 mm). Most anterior capsular rims were opaque in the area of contact with the intraocular lens (62.5% higher than grade 1). Mean straylight before pupil dilation was logs=1.25 (range, 0.68-2.13), which increased to 1.46 (range, 0.88-2.22) after pupil dilation, which corresponds to a 62% increase (P<.001). The effect of capsulorrhexis size and opacity on the increase in straylight in scotopic conditions can be quantified by the following formula: Δs =19 X (grading of anterior capsular rim) X (fraction of pupil area covered by rhexis). Conclusions: The influence of size and opacity of the capsulorrhexis via straylight is described in a quantitative model. Capsulorrhexis size must be greater than 4 mm to prevent functional problems at night.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1290-1295
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of Ophthalmology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2009
Externally publishedYes

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  • Ophthalmology


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