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Effect of phacoemuslification on visual field indices in patients with primary open angle glaucoma

Poster Details

First Author: I.Sencanic SERBIA

Co Author(s):    M. Stamenkovic   S. Babovic   V. Jovanovic   V. Jaksic   A. Markovic  

Abstract Details


To investigate the effect of cataract surgery on visual field of patients with coexisting primary open angle glaucoma (POAG) and nuclear sclerotic cataract.


: Clinic for Eye Disease “Prof. dr Ivan Stankovic” University Medical Centre Zvezdara, Belgrade, Serbia


Visual fields of 21 patients (26 eyes) with POAG who underwent phacoemulsification with intraocular lens implantation were evaluated pre and post operatively. All patients had visual field examination within a period of 24 months before and after the surgery. Visual field indices mean defect (MD) and pattern standard deviation (PSD) were compared before and after cataract surgery.


Mean preoperative MD in patients with nuclear sclerotic cataract was -3.82+4.62 dB (range -13.20 to 3.13dB) while postoperative was MD -3.60+4.24 dB (range -12.40 to 2.30). The difference in MD was not statistically significant (p=0.99). The difference between the PSD before the surgery (mean 27.80+33.62 dB, range 3.0 to 148.70dB) and PSD after the surgery (mean 26.94+26.86 dB, range 4.40 to 113.60dB) was not statistically significant either (p=0.58).


Phacoemulsification in patients with nuclear sclerotic type of cataract and POAG does not change visual field indices if perimetry is performed within a two year period before and after surgery. Therefore visual field examination is valuable test to monitor glaucoma progression in patients with nuclear sclerotic cataract.

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