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Title: Hydrophilic Lens Opacification after Intravitreal Anti-VEGF Injections: A Case Series
Authors: Wahab, Charbel
Ayash, Jad
Sayegh, Kevin
Sammouh, Fady
Warrak, Elias L.
Affiliations: Faculty of Medicine 
Keywords: Bevacizumab (Avastin)
Hydrophilic intraocular lens
Intraocular lens opacifications
Intravitreal injection
Issue Date: 2022-03-17
Part of: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Start page: 134
End page: 140
Our objective in this retrospective case series was to report 4 cases of hydrophilic intraocular lens (IOL) opacifications after repeated intravitreal bevacizumab injections. This is a retrospective analysis of all the cases of IOL opacifications presenting to a tertiary referral ophthalmic center in Beirut between January 2013 and January 2019. Four cases were included in the study, of which one was treated for vitreal hemorrhage, the other for macular edema secondary to wet age-related macular edema, and the rest for macular edema secondary to diabetic retinopathy. The mean age of the patients was 71 years with a male predominance and a mean of 5 injections. The IOL opacifications appeared approximately 24 months after first bevacizumab injection. The opacification could be explained by multiple theories such as a possible anterior or posterior segment subclinical inflammation secondary to intraocular interventions, interaction between the hydrophilic properties of the IOLs and anti-vascular endothelial growth factor injection's content, impurities transmission during injection, or faulty IOL manufacturing.
DOI: 10.1159/000520356
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Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine

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