Factors influencing myopic shift in children after intraocular lens implantation

Sandra Valeina, Santa Heede, Renars Erts, Svetlana Sepetiene, Elina Skaistkalne, Liga Radecka, Juris Vanags, Guna Laganovska

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INTRODUCTION: Intraocular lenses have always been a controversial topic in pediatric cataract surgery. In the early 1990s in the post-Soviet states of Eastern Europe, intraocular lenses promised an easier full-time correction and amblyopia treatment. Since 1991, ophthalmologists in Latvia have been implanting intraocular lenses in infants. Amount of the postoperative myopic shift and its influencing factors, analyzed in this article, are important indicators of congenital cataract treatment.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective chart review off 85 children (137 eyes) who underwent foldable posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation at the Clinical University Hospital in Riga, Latvia, from 1 January 2006 until 31 December 2016, was performed. Depending on the age at surgery, patients were divided into six groups: 1-6, 7-12, 13-24, 25-48, 49-84, and 85-216 months.

RESULTS: The largest and more variable myopic shift was found in a group of diffuse/total and nuclear cataract with surgery before the age of 6 months. There was a statistically significant correlation between the acquired best-corrected visual acuity and the amount of myopic shift (r s  = 0.33; p < 0.001). Comparing the amount of myopic shift in two groups of different intraocular lens implantation target refraction tactics, we did not find statistically significant differences. Comparing the amount of myopic shift and implanted intraocular lens power, a negative, statistically significant correlation was found.

CONCLUSION: The earlier the cataract extraction surgery and intraocular lens implantation is performed, the larger the myopic shift. The morphological type of cataract, best-corrected visual acuity, secondary glaucoma, and intraocular lens power influence the amount of myopic shift.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)933-940
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescent
  • Amblyopia/physiopathology
  • Cataract Extraction
  • Cataract/congenital
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular/adverse effects
  • Lenses, Intraocular
  • Male
  • Myopia/etiology
  • Refraction, Ocular/physiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Vision Tests
  • Visual Acuity/physiology

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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