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Managing posterior polar cataracts with the positive pressure float technique

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Session Title: Cataract Surgery Complications Management. OVDs, Cataract Surgery Equipment

Session Date/Time: Monday 07/09/2015 | 08:00-10:00

Paper Time: 09:54

Venue: Main Auditorium

First Author: : K.Mehta INDIA

Co Author(s): :    C. Mehta                    

Abstract Details

Purpose:

To report the technique and the outcomes of surgery for posterior polar cataract utilizing the novel positive pressure float technique.

Setting:

Mehta International Eye Institute, India

Methods:

This prospective study included 56 eyes with posterior polar cataract without any co-morbidity. All eyes underwent pre-operative CCT (central corneal thickness). Performed by a single surgeon by a standardized technique. A 23 gauge pars plana infusion inserted prior commencement of surgery and connected by a “Y” tube to the line from fluid inflow leading into the phacoemulsifier. Thus, fluid simultaneously flows to both the posterior and the anterior segment stabilizing the face. Cases were evaluated at 4 weeks for CCT, AC reaction, IOL centration, presence of CME, UCVA and BCVA. OCT was done in all patients with PCR or CME.

Results:

This prospective study included 56 eyes with posterior polar cataract without any co-morbidity. All eyes underwent pre-operative CCT (central corneal thickness). Performed by a single surgeon by a standardized technique. A 23 gauge pars plana infusion inserted prior the commencement of the surgery and connected by a “Y” tube to the line from the fluid inflow leading into the phacoemulsifier. Thus, fluid simultaneously flows to both the posterior and the anterior segment stabilizing the face. Cases were evaluated at 4 weeks for CCT, AC reaction, IOL centration, presence of CME, UCVA and BCVA. OCT was done in all patients with PCR or CME.

Conclusions:

Posterior polar cataracts represent a large subset of non traumatic referrals in our centre. Using the balanced anterior / posterior segment fluid flow system we have had no breaks in the posterior polar cataracts .Understanding the fluidic dynamic principles involved in the technique, anticipating the possible problems and managing them adequately with a posterior segment fluidic balance helped us achieve satisfactory technical and visual outcomes.

Financial Interest:

NONE

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