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Lens capsule-related problems in patients undergoing phacoemulsification surgery

Authors Aslan L, Aksoy A, Aslankurt M, Özdemir M

Received 14 January 2013

Accepted for publication 7 February 2013

Published 9 March 2013 Volume 2013:7 Pages 511—514


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Lokman Aslan, Adnan Aksoy, Murat Aslankurt, Murat Özdemir

Ophthalmology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Kahramanmaras Sutcu Imam University, Kahramanmaras, Turkey

Purpose: This study aimed to compare lens capsule-related problems in mature versus non-mature senile cataracts in patients undergoing phacoemulsification surgery.
Methods: A total of 295 patients with senile cataract were divided into two groups according to lens maturation: 105 patients with mature senile cataract comprised Group 1 (study group) and the remaining 190 with non-mature senile cataract comprised Group 2 (control group). Prior to surgery, ophthalmological examination was undertaken. Patients’ best-corrected visual acuity and intraocular pressure were measured and a slit-lamp examination and funduscopy performed. All examination data were recorded and any capsule-related problems during surgery were also recorded. Patient files were reviewed retrospectively and compared between groups. Fisher’s exact test was used in the statistical analysis.
Results: In Group 1, the capsule-related problems found were: inability to complete capsulorhexis (seven eyes [6.6%]), posterior capsular perforation (three eyes [2.8%]), and conversion to extracapsular surgery (one eye [0.9%]). A posterior capsular perforation was seen in one eye (1%) in the control group. An intraocular lens was inserted into the sulcus in six eyes (5.7%) and one anterior chamber (0.9%) in Group 1 and into the sulcus in one eye (0.5%) of Group 2. The lens was inserted into the capsular bag in all other patients.
Conclusion: Delaying surgery in patients with cataracts creates a high risk for capsule-related surgical complications. Although capsule dyes make capsulorhexis easier, capsulorhexis is the most problematic phase of phacoemulsification in mature cataracts.

Keywords: mature senile cataract, non-mature senile cataract, capsulorhexis

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