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A Simple, Novel Approach to Capsulorhexis Formation in the Setting of A Mature Cataract and Miotic Pupil

Authors LoBue SA, Tailor P, LoBue TD

Received 25 June 2019

Accepted for publication 8 November 2019

Published 2 December 2019 Volume 2019:13 Pages 2361—2367


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Stephen A LoBue,1,2 Prashant Tailor,3 Thomas D LoBue1

1Department of Ophthalmology, LoBue Laser and Eye Medical Center Inc, Murrieta, CA, USA; 2Lincoln Medical Center, Affiliated to Weill Cornell Medical College, Bronx, NY, USA; 3Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, USA

Correspondence: Thomas D LoBue
LoBue Laser and Eye Medical Center Inc, 40700 California Oaks Road, Ste 106, Murrieta, CA 92562, USA
Tel +1 951-696-1135

Purpose: To report a simple, effective technique for surgeons creating a capsulorhexis in patients with pupillary miosis and a dense, mature cataract.
Methods: A single center, two-year retrospective chart review examined 1408 phacoemulsification cataract surgeries. The criteria for inclusion involved a dense, mature cataract and a pupil that was unresponsive to pharmacologic dilation preoperatively. A standardized technique was used for all cases consisting of a 1mm corneal paracentesis and 2.4mm temporal clear corneal incision. Synecholysis was performed if present, followed by the insertion of a 6.25mm malyugin ring under cohesive viscoelastic. The cohesive viscoelastic was removed via the irrigation aspiration tip. The paracentesis was sealed with a small amount of viscoelastic and an air bubble was placed in the anterior chamber. The anterior capsule was then painted with trypan blue. The air bubble and trypan blue were then replaced by a dispersive viscoelastic. Curvolinear capsulorrhexis was performed followed by standard phacoemulsion.
Results: Nine patients ranging from 76 ± 12 years (mean ± standard deviation) met the criteria with a 4+ NS (n=5), white mature (n=3), or deep brunescent (n=1) cataract and 3mm pupil preoperatively. Pupillary miosis was caused by posterior synechia in 44.5% of the cases followed by pharmacologic interactions from tamsulosin and donepezil in 22.25% of cases respectively. One case involved idiopathic miosis likely from aging. Capsulorhexis formation was successful in all cases with no capsular tear, vitreous loss, or conversion to extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE). However, one case had cortex retention requiring a second procedure for removal.
Conclusion: Dense, mature cataracts and small pupils both compromise the view for the surgeon and may be significant risk factors for training ophthalmologists. Thus, good visualization of the anterior capsule and peripheral nucleus with our simple technique facilitates a reliable capsulorhexis, potentially limiting the risk of complications for ophthalmic surgeons.

Keywords: dense cataract, miosis, IFIS, dementia, novice surgeon, pupil ring

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