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Phakic intraocular lens implantation in a case of Tourette syndrome exacerbated by wearing glasses and contact lenses


A 25-year-old longsighted woman presented with a history of spectacle and contact lens induced exacerbation of Tourette syndrome symptoms. Preoperatively, she had very poor unaided vision (6/60), achieving good (6/9) vision in both eyes with spectacle correction. The patient underwent bilateral simultaneous implantation of phakic implantable collamer lens (ICL) implants (STAAR, USA) which sit in front of the natural lens. Postoperatively, her uncorrected visual acuity was markedly improved as were her manifestations of Tourette syndrome. She achieved her full potential of unaided vision (6/9). This is the first documented case of Tourette syndrome triggered by glasses and contact lenses in which bilateral phakic toric lens implants were effective in improving vision and controlling motor symptoms. Phakic toric ICL implantation is a reversible technique for the correction of visually significant ametropia in selected patients and has improved this patient’s quality of life.

  • ophthalmology
  • psychiatry
  • child and adolescent psychiatry

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