International Ophthalmology

, Volume 39, Issue 9, pp 2077–2081 | Cite as

A practical and easy surgical technique for recovery of an incarcerated haptic

  • Yusuf Koçluk
  • Emine Alyamaç Sukgen
  • Burcu KasımEmail author
  • Oğuzhan Saygılı
Original Paper



To present a surgical intervention for a posterior haptic trapped between the cartridge and plunger during intraocular lens (IOL) implantation.

Materials and methods

Posterior haptic incarceration was detected in 36 cases during implantation of a one-piece foldable IOL during cataract surgery with phacoemulsification. In 11 of the patients (Group 1), recovery was achieved by forcibly pulling out the incarcerated posterior haptic. In 25 cases (Group 2), the haptic was recovered by using an MVR knife to cut the cartridge tip from the bottom up parallel to the trapped haptic.


In Group 1, tears were seen on the incarcerated haptic in all cases (100%). In Group 2, the procedure was successful in all 25 cases and there was no accidental cutting of the haptic. In all cases, the surgeries were completed with the recovered IOL in Group 2.


Posterior haptic incarceration in cataract surgery can be solved by the simple and easy method of cutting the cartridge tip from the bottom upwards and releasing the haptic.


One-piece intraocular lens Foldable intraocular lens Injector system Cartridge Incarcerated posterior haptic Cataract surgery 



This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

Yusuf Koçluk, Emine Alyamaç Sukgen, Burcu Kasım and Oğuzhan Saygılı declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

Supplementary material

Recovery of the incarcerated haptic (MP4 57538 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyAdana Numune Training and Research HospitalYüreğirTurkey
  2. 2.Department of OphthalmologyGaziantep University School of MedicineGaziantepTurkey

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