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UNLABELLED: We describe a 40-year-old woman with von Hippel-Lindau syndrome, secondary chronic exudative retinal detachment, and white cataract with consequent leukocoria. Because the cataract was contracted and calcified, a black Morcher 85F poly(methyl methacrylate) IOL was implanted in the ciliary sulcus anterior to the lens to prevent posterior capsule rupture and potential destabilization of the retinal detachment with a risk for phthisis. Excellent centration of the black IOL was achieved with good cosmetic outcome and without postoperative uveitis or glaucoma. We suggest that this is a rare indication for implantation of an IOL designed for the sulcus but in the presence of the crystalline lens. This approach makes IOL removal, if necessary at a later date, relatively straightforward. FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE: No author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Original publication




Journal article


J Cataract Refract Surg

Publication Date





1565 - 1567


Adult, Blindness, Cataract, Cosmetic Techniques, Eye Diseases, Female, Humans, Lens Implantation, Intraocular, Lenses, Intraocular, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Prosthesis Coloring, Prosthesis Design, Retinal Detachment, Suture Techniques, von Hippel-Lindau Disease