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A 37-year-old member asked:

After cataract surgery, can the new lens slip or is it stitched into place?

4 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Goldstein
Ophthalmology 32 years experience
Neither: The lens is secured inside the membrane that surrounded the natural lens of the eye, where the cataract grew. It is very rare for the lens to shift. But since it is contained in the membrane, it does not need to be stitched in place.
Dr. Michael Ham
Ophthalmology 28 years experience
Yes: It is uncommon for the new lens to slip. With today's surgery, most all lenses are not sutured. They are placed in the bag (capsule) that held your natural lens in place.
Dr. Jay Bradley
Cornea, Cataract, & Refractive (LASIK & PRK) Surgery 19 years experience
Lens slip?: The lens implant rarely moves after implantation. It is placed in the sack in the eye which previously held the cataract so it is not stitched in place. In rare cases, the lens may be sutured to the white of the eye or iris to maintain cr tearoom and avoid slippage.
Dr. Michael Rizen
Ophthalmology 21 years experience
Rarely : The implant has "arms" called haptics which hold it in place inside the lens capsule. If it was not inserted properly or if the eye sustains trauma then it can get misaligned or dislocated. This is fairly rare, but if it does occur it can often be repositioned with additional surgery.

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