Chu Luan Nguyen1,2, Ian C. Francis1,2
The intraoperative removal of lens epithelial cells (LECs) from the anterior lens capsule (ALC) may be important in cataract surgery to minimize occurrence of anterior capsule opacification. A technique is presented for mechanical ALC polishing under ophthalmic viscoelastic device (OVD) to remove LECs during phacoemulsification cataract surgery. This was a prospective, no-exclusions study of 65 eyes assessing the efficacy and safety of ALC polishing using the Singer® Capsule Polishing System (EP-68, Epsilon, USA). Mean time from instillation of OVD, polishing, and removal of OVD and cells via irrigation/aspiration was 2.4 minutes. There were no complications. Satisfactory visual outcomes occurred up to one month followup.
Category: Surgical technique