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Complications and results in phacoemulsification cataract surgery performed by residents of the Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece

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First Author: D.Psarrakos GREECE

Co Author(s):    N. Varvagiannis   C. Prekates   V. Ntrispioti   N. Kasimatis   L. Lambrou   E. Chatzispasou

Abstract Details


To describe the incidence of complications and postoperatively results of cataract surgery with the phacoemulsification technique, performed by residents beggining from their first year of training


1st Ophthalmology Department, Red Cross Hospital, Athens, Greece


A retrospective review of 412 patients undergone cataract surgery with the phacoemulsification technique, by four ophthalmology residents. Each of the residents had previous training in porcine eyes, were always supervised and guided by the clinic director who intervened when necessary. All the complications (intraoperative and postoperative), the preoperative and postoperative visual acuity as well as several other data such as post-op astigmatism, IOLs implanted were recorded.


Out of 412 cases of cataract surgery, 16 cases were performed by extracapsular extraction. Posterior capsule rupture occurred in 27 ( 6.55 %) , vitreous loss in 21 ( 5.09 %), dislocated lenticular fragments in 5 (1.21 %), corneal endothelial trauma in 6 ( 1.45 % ), dislocated intraocular lens in 1 (0.24 %), iris prolapse in 11 ( 2.66 %). In 30 cases (7.28 %) the intervention of the clinic director was necessary in different stages of the procedure.


Residents of the first year training are capable of performing cataract surgery with the phacoemulsification technique, with a low complication rate having completed basic training, and always supervised FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE?: No

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