Phaco capsulotomy: a technique to prevent the Argentinean Flag Sign
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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