Retained nuclei after cataract surgery.

Barbara Blodi // Publications // Jan 01 1992

PubMed ID: 1741137

Author(s): Blodi BA, Flynn HW Jr, Blodi CF, Folk JC, Daily MJ. Retained nuclei after cataract surgery. Ophthalmology. 1992 Jan;99(1):41-4. PMID 1741137

Journal: Ophthalmology, Volume 99, Issue 1, Jan 1992

The authors reviewed the medical records of 36 patients in whom the nucleus or nuclear fragments were retained in the eye after cataract surgery. In 4 patients, there was no further surgery, and visual acuity deteriorated to counting fingers or worse (mean follow-up time, 14 months). Thirty-two patients underwent vitrectomy to remove the retained, unencapsulated nuclear material. Sixty percent (6 of 10) of patients in whom vitrectomy was performed after 3 weeks had chronic glaucoma on long-term follow-up, whereas this complication developed in only 18% (4 of 22) of patients in whom vitrectomy was performed in less than 3 weeks. Sixty-three percent (21 of 32) of vitrectomy patients had final visual acuity of 20/200 or better after removal of the retained nuclear fragments. The causes of the poorest visual outcome (less than 20/200) included 1 or more of the following: corneal decompensation, chronic inflammation, chronic glaucoma with optic atrophy, and retinal detachment.