Incidence of postoperative posterior capsular opacification with types of senile cataracts

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1992 Nov;18(6):586-8. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(13)80448-8.


The most frequent postoperative complication in extracapsular cataract surgery is opacification of the posterior capsule. The purpose of this study was to correlate the frequency of capsular opacification with each kind of senile cataract. A total of 566 eyes with cataracts were studied. They had been operated on between 1980 and 1990 using the extracapsular, intercapsular, and phacoemulsification techniques. Our results confirm that senile complete cataracts (mature cataracts) had a significantly lower tendency to produce postoperative capsular opacification than other cataract types (nuclear, cortical, posterior subcapsular).

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract / classification*
  • Cataract / etiology*
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / pathology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications