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Phaco capsulotomy: a technique to prevent the Argentinean Flag Sign

Authors Teng CC

Received 3 April 2017

Accepted for publication 24 August 2017

Published 6 November 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 1937—1940


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Christopher C Teng

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA

Abstract: The Argentinean Flag Sign is a complication that occurs during capsulorhexis construction, in which the capsulorhexis extends to the periphery due to lens intumescence. Phaco capsulotomy is a technique in which the phacoemulsification tip is used to simultaneously create the initial tear in the anterior capsule and remove a portion of the intumescent lens, thereby debulking and relieving pressure from the lens and capsule, and preventing the Argentinean Flag Sign. A detailed description of the phaco capsulotomy technique is provided, including applications and potential complications.

Keywords: phaco capsulotomy, Argentinean Flag Sign, intumescent cataracts

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