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50 consecutive laser-free and ultrasound-free cataract surgeries in 1 to 4+ nuclear sclerotic cataracts

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Session Details

Session Title: Combined Cataract Surgery: Techniques/Practice Styles

Session Date/Time: Tuesday 13/09/2016 | 14:00-16:00

Paper Time: 15:34

Venue: Auditorium C6

First Author: : M.Depenbusch USA

Co Author(s): :    B. Cuda                    

Abstract Details


To demonstrate that cataract surgery can be completed safely and efficiently without the use of ultrasound or femtosecond laser in 1 to 4+ nuclear sclerotic cataracts by utilizing the Depenbusch Technique (DepTech).


In this IRB approved study 50 consecutive 1 to 4+ nuclear sclerotic cataracts were completed in various surgery centers in the Phoenix, Arizona area using DepTech with no ultrasound or laser assistance using the I&A settings for removal.


50 consecutive qualified patients undergoing cataract surgery were observed using DepTech. DepTech is a method utilizing a new concept of nuclear disassembly. A chopper, a proper phaco tip and a high venture vacuum were used in the I&A settings to disassemble the nucleus in a posterior to anterior fashion allowing the removal of the fragments without the use of ultrasound. Parameters of different aspects of the surgery were captured: elapsed phaco time, elapsed time of nuclear removal and volume of BSS used during nuclear removal.


All 50 cataract surgeries were completed using DepTech with no ultrasound and no laser on nuclear sclerotic cataracts ranging from 1 to 4+. Average elapsed phaco time: 0:00. Average elapsed nuclear removal time: X:XX. average BSS volume used during nuclear removal: X:XXcc's.


The use of 'DepTech' offers an alternative to the use of lasers and ultrasound during cataract surgery.

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