Cataract Extraction after Retinal Detachment Surgery

William E. Smiddy, Ronald G. Michels, Walter J. Stark, A. Edward Maumenee

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Extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) was done in 31 eyes of 27 patients after previous retinal reattachment surgery with scleral buckling. A posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) was implanted in 21 eyes. No significant modifications in the cataract surgical technique were necessary. Final visual acuity was 20/40 or better in 26 eyes (84%). The complication rate was low. One patient was found to have a retinal detachment (RD) after cataract extraction that probably predated the cataract surgery. No recurrent retinal tears or detachment developed in any patients during an average 24-month follow-up period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-7
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • cataract
  • cataract surgery
  • intraocular lens
  • retinal detachment
  • retinal tears

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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