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Critical analysis of posterior capsular rupture

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Session Title: Moderated Poster Session: Cataract - Complications and Management

Session Date/Time: Sunday 06/09/2015 | 14:00-15:00

Paper Time: 14:10

Venue: Poster Village: Pod 1

First Author: : L.Melo COLOMBIA

Co Author(s): :    L. Escaf              

Abstract Details


Three retrospective studies of posterior capsular rupture in different periods of time will be presented and a critical analysis of its causes will be discussed.


Clínica Oftalmológica del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia, South America


The first retrospective study of 7356 cataract surgery cases between 1998 and 2006; the second study of 1418 cases in 2007 and the third study of 6514 cases between 2012 and 2014. All retrospective studies of patients that underwent cataract surgery of phacoemulsification at our institution Clínica Oftalmológica del Caribe that had complete clinical record and film support.


In the first retrospective study we found 319 cases of posterior capsular rupture (4.34%); in the second study we found 30 cases (2.11%) and in the third study we found 96 cases (1.47%). We present a demographic analysis and also the critical analysis of the different moments in which a posterior capsular rupture can present.


The posterior capsular rupture is the most frequent complication in cataract surgery. The great majority of cases occurred during the emulsification of the nucleus. It is a complication that with the adequate analysis and followup can somehow be prevented. The use of the polymer tip for the I/A contributes to decrease the ruptures in this step of the surgery.

Financial Interest:

One of the authors gains financially from product or procedure presented, One of the authors travel has been funded, fully or partially, by a competing company

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