Posterior polar cataracts: a predisposition to intraoperative posterior capsular rupture

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1990 Mar;16(2):157-62. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(13)80724-9.


We performed phacoemulsification or planned extracapsular cataract extraction on posterior polar cataracts in 31 eyes of 22 patients and experienced eight cases of posterior capsular rupture (26%). Capsular rupture occurred during removal of the posterior polar opacity or during cleaning of the posterior capsule after the opacity had been removed. We believe that excessive adherence of the opacity to the posterior capsule and unusual thinness of the capsule predisposed these eyes to posterior capsular rupture.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Cataract / congenital*
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Causality
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Intraoperative Complications
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / injuries*
  • Lens, Crystalline / injuries*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prognosis
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Visual Acuity
  • Vitrectomy