Manual Removal of Primary Posterior Capsular Plaques Using Retinal End-Grasping Forceps

Gennady Landa, Khoa Pham

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Introduction: Primary posterior capsular plaques can be highly adherent to the posterior capsule leading to possible posterior capsular rupture during attempted removal. Here we describe a novel method for posterior capsular plaque removal using a technique inspired by the experience of retina surgeon in the peeling of membranes from the posterior pole. Methods: Retinal end-grasping forceps were used to peel the plaque from the posterior capsule. Results: We have performed this technique on 12 eyes with successful removal of the posterior capsular plaque in all instances without compromise of the posterior capsule in any case. Conclusions: We hope that the anterior segment surgeons will benefit by employing this useful technique during cataract surgeries in the eyes with adherent posterior plaques.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-353
Number of pages3
JournalOphthalmology and Therapy
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Cataract surgery
  • Posterior plaque
  • Retinal forceps


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