Microincisions in cataract surgery

Steven Dewey, George Beiko, Rosa Braga-Mele, Donald R. Nixon, Tal Raviv, Kenneth Rosenthal

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Improvements in phacoemulsification technology and instrumentation and intraocular lens materials and design have enabled cataract surgery to be performed through incisions smaller than 2.0 mm in external width. This evolution has occurred over time, with new challenges arising at each step of the decrease in incision size. This article reviews the current trend of using increasingly smaller incisions to perform phacoemulsification. Specifically, each facet of phacoemulsification is briefly reviewed from a historical context and then evaluated predominantly from a current perspective to better understand the development of the microincision in cataract surgery. The goal is to help the operating surgeon recognize the potential benefits as well as the potential weaknesses of the smaller incision. Financial Disclosures Proprietary or commercial disclosures are listed after the references.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1549-1557
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2014


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