Bimanual microphaco for posterior polar cataracts

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2006 Jun;32(6):914-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2006.02.049.


We describe a technique in which bimanual microphacoemulsification technique through 2, 1.4 mm incisions is performed for posterior polar cataract extraction. The low-infusion and low-vacuum system provides good anterior chamber stability and followability. The irrigation and aspiration handpieces are interchangeable, enabling removal of the lens fragments without hydrodissection or nucleus rotation. Only 1 (12.5%) of the 8 cases presented here was complicated by posterior capsule rupture. This occurred after epinucleus removal without any vitreous disturbance. The bimanual microphacoemulsification technique appears to minimize the risk for complications, allowing posterior polar cataract extraction to be performed more safely.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Capsulorhexis
  • Cataract / congenital
  • Drainage
  • Humans
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
  • Microsurgery
  • Middle Aged
  • Phacoemulsification / instrumentation
  • Phacoemulsification / methods*
  • Therapeutic Irrigation