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J Cataract Refract Surg. 1996 Sep;22(7):967-9.

Effects of phacoemulsification time on the corneal endothelium using phacofracture and phaco chop techniques.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Umberto Hospital, Lugo, Italy.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To quantitatively assess early postoperative endothelial damage caused by two phacoemulsification techniques and to ascertain the effect of differences in phacoemulsification time.

SETTING:

Department of Ophthalmology, Umberto Hospital, Lugo, Italy.

METHODS:

This prospective study evaluated 100 patients who had phacoemulsification using one of two techniques: phaco chop (n = 50) or four-quadrant, divide and conquer phacofracture (n = 50). The endothelium of both groups was analyzed preoperatively and 8 weeks postoperatively by specular microscopy.

RESULTS:

Phaco chop led to significantly shorter phacoemulsification time and less endothelial damage. Mean equivalent phacoemulsification time was 25.53 seconds +/- 11.26 (SD) in the phaco chop group and 87.26 +/- 48.03 seconds in the phacofracture group. Endothelial cell loss was 4.72 +/- 1.2% and 13.80 +/- 4.3%, respectively.

CONCLUSION:

The phaco chop technique led to shorter phacoemulsification time and less endothelial cell loss.

PMID:
9041091
DOI:
10.1016/s0886-3350(96)80200-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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