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Soft cataract phaco: a review of various available techniques and description of a novel technique

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Session Title: Surgical Outcomes

Session Date/Time: Monday 07/10/2013 | 08:00-09:30

Paper Time: 09:15

Venue: Auditorium (First Floor)

First Author: : A.Chakrabarti INDIA

Co Author(s): :    S. John   M. Chakrabarti            Kharbanda

Abstract Details


To evaluate various techniques of phacoemulsification of a soft cataract and describe a promising, novel, simple and effective technique


Chakrabarti Eye Care Centre


Prospective study of 50 patients with soft cataracts (LOCS III: Grades 1 and 2) undergoing PE with PCIOL implantation using various techniques. Data analyzed included clinical features, intraoperative events, surgical time, phaco time, complications & postoperative outcome. Techniques being evaluated include: chip and flip, phacoaspiration in anterior chamber, progressive lenticular debulking followed by subincisional viscodisplacement and bimanual I/A with a special aspiration cannula with a 0.5 mm aspiration port.


All techniques were found to be satisfactory in a pilot study. The results with various techniques will be described. But bimanual I/A with a 0.5 mm port aspiration cannula was a more consistent and reproducible technique


Soft cataracts are challenging and the phaco surgeon should be familiar with various techniques for satisfactory outcomes in these patients. The new technique described here is safe, effective and consistent for the majority of patients with soft cataracts

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