Cataract Update Lecture Abstract

Negative Dysphotopsias- The Unsolved Mystery

The appearance of a dark shadow in the temporal periphery, otherwise known as negative dysphotopsia, continues to be a problem for some patients after routine uncomplicated cataract surgery. Etiologies include type and design of intraocular lens (IOL), anatomical features and dimensions of the eye, pupil size, angle kappa, relationship of the optic to the anterior capsule, and the position of the optic/haptic junction of the IOL. Although the primary etiology remains controversial, it is clear that the cause is multifactorial. A new preventative approach will be introduced.