Patients with implants should be given implant cards

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7139.1245 (Published 18 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1245

Intraocular lens implant cards contain inadequate clinical data

  1. T Eke, Specialist registrar in ophthalmology,
  2. E Rom, Senior house officer in ophthalmology,
  3. A A Castillo, Consultant ophthalmologist
  1. County Hospital, Lincoln LN2 5QY
  2. The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL6 1JG

    EDITOR—Purkayastha emphasises the potential of implant cards for patients who have had implants.1 Such schemes will be clinically useful only if the cards contain adequate information about the implant.

    A future clinician may need to know about a patient's implant in order to site a matching one on the contralateral side or to manage the complications of poor fit or biocompatibility. In the case of intraocular lens implants, information is needed about the design and size of the lens, materials and coatings used, dioptric power and “A” constant, and manufacturer's address or …

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