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Int J Lepr Other Mycobact Dis. 1993 Mar;61(1):20-4.

Cataract surgery in a leprosy population in Liberia.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Hadassah University Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel.


In Liberia, 43 eyes of 30 patients with ocular leprosy underwent cataract extraction; 33 eyes had extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) and 10 eyes had intracapsular cataract extraction (ICCE). ICCE was performed in eyes with poor visualization of the anterior chamber. In 95% of the eyes, the postoperative vision improved by 2 Snellen lines or more, but functional visual acuity (better than 20/200) was achieved in only 65% (82% post-ECCE and 10% post-ICCE). Fewer postoperative complications were observed after ECCE. These findings may have been related to less ocular involvement by leprosy preoperatively. ECCE should be attempted when the visualization of the anterior chamber is fair.

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