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Viscoless microincision cataract surgery

Authors Sallet G

Published 5 December 2008 Volume 2008:2(4) Pages 717—721

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/OPTH.S1510


Guy Sallet

Department of Opthamology, Aalsters Stedelijk Ziekenhuis, Belgium

Abstract: A cataract surgery technique is described in which incisions, continuous circular capsulorhexis and hydrodissection are made without the use of any viscoelastics. Two small incisions are created through which the different parts of the procedure can take place, maintaining a stable anterior chamber under continuous irrigation. Subsequent bimanual phacoemulsification can be done through these microincisions. At the end of the procedure, an intraocular lens can be inserted through the self-sealing incision under continuous irrigation. 50 consecutive cataract patients were operated on without the use of viscoelastics and then compared with a group of 50 patients who had been helped with viscoelastics. No difference in outcome, endothelial cell count or pachymetry was noted between the two groups. No intraoperative complication was encountered. Viscoless cataract surgery was a safe procedure with potential advantages.

Keywords: ophthalmic visco-surgical device, viscoless cataract surgery, microincision

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