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J Cataract Refract Surg. 1994 Sep;20(5):507-12.

Complications associated with endocapsular balloon implantation in rabbit eyes.

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Hara Eye Hospital, Utsunomiya, Japan.


After phacoemulsifying the lens in six rabbit eyes through a 1.3 mm anterior capsule opening, we implanted a silicone balloon in the capsular bag and filled it with liquid silicone. The eyes were enucleated nine to 21 months postoperatively, embedded in paraffin, stained with toluidine blue, and examined by stereoscopic and light microscopy. We looked at the postoperative complications primarily. All balloons were securely fixated within the capsule. Surface wrinkles were observed in two balloons. The injected silicone remained transparent. None of the lens capsules was completely transparent, although all remained relatively clear. Retrocorneal membranes were produced in one eye in which the silicone leaked.

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