Phaco forward-chop technique for managing posterior nuclear plate of hard cataract

J Cataract Refract Surg. 2010 Jan;36(1):9-12. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2009.07.047.


Surgical management of hard cataracts can be problematic despite improvements in phacoemulsification devices. Phaco chop, considered one of the best techniques for dealing with hard cataracts, cannot always divide the hard cataract completely. We have devised a phaco forward-chop technique that can be implemented safely and efficiently following incomplete phaco chop in a hard cataract.

Financial disclosure: Neither author has a financial or proprietary interest in any material or method mentioned.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cataract / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Intraocular Pressure / physiology
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular
  • Lens Nucleus, Crystalline / pathology
  • Lens Nucleus, Crystalline / surgery*
  • Male
  • Phacoemulsification / methods*
  • Pseudophakia / physiopathology
  • Visual Acuity / physiology