Contributors: David J. Apple, Roberto A. Bianchi, Marcela Escobar-Gomez
Following most cataract extractions in adults today, a pseudophakos is placed in the eye to facilitate accomodation. It is often in the space enclosed by the lens capsule. Numerous types of pseudophakos are available, but most are made of polymethylmethacrylate and composed of an optic and haptics. The pseudophakos usually remains in place without complications for the rest of the patient's life. Sometimes it needs to be removed because of displacement into incorrect location, pseudophakic bullous keratopathy [keratopathy - pseudophakic bullous] (caused by damage to the corneal endothelium), mechanical damage to iris, intraocular inflammation.