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Implantable collamer lens (ICL) implantation in a myopic patient with rod-cone dystrophy

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First Author: M.Nitsche-Resch AUSTRIA

Co Author(s):    W. Glatz   M. Sommer   J. Horwath-Winter   A. Wedrich   G. Steinwender        

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The aim of this case report was to examine the outcome of a bilateral ICL implantation in a young male with rod-cone dystrophy. Up to the present no similar cases have been reported in literature.


Department of Ophthalmology, Medical University Graz, Austria


A 33-year old male with congenital rod-cone dystrophy presented with his intention to obtain independence of glasses and contact lenses. In both eyes, preoperative corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) was 20/100 with a refraction of -12.0 D. Preoperative assessment included slitlamp examination, Scheimpflug corneal tomography and anterior chamber depth measurements, and corneal endothelial cell density. In overview of all findings the patient seemed to be a suitable candidate for ICL implantation.


ICL implantation was performed under topical anesthesia and in a sequential manner within one week by the same surgeon. On the first postoperative day, uncorrected distance visual acuity (UCVA) improved to 20/80 on the right eye and 20/63 on the left eye. No intra- and postoperative complications occurred during follow-up of 6 weeks, and UCVA remained stable.


Bilateral ICL implantation was an effective way to achieve independence of spectacles and contact lenses in a myopic patient with rod-cone dystrophy and led to a gain of visual acuity of one/two lines. Additional cases and long term examinations are necessary to confirm this result.

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