The incidence of retinal detachment following extracapsular cataract extraction. A ten-year study

Ophthalmology. 1985 Aug;92(8):1096-101. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(85)33899-x.


A long-term prospective study was conducted to evaluate the incidence of specific complications following extracapsular cataract extraction. Eight hundred forty-two consecutive extracapsular cataract extractions were performed over a ten-year period with a minimum follow-up time of one year. The mean follow up period for this series was 32.2 months. The incidence of retinal detachment in the entire population was 1.4%. In those eyes with a cataract as the only ocular abnormality and with no surgical complications, the frequency was 1.0%. The incidence in eyes following uncomplicated procedures, with no other ocular pathology and with an intact posterior capsule was 0.8%. The incidence of opacification of the posterior capsule requiring capsulotomy was 16.7%. The mean time interval for a secondary capsulotomy was 24.3 months. A positive correlation between this time interval and patient age was established.

MeSH terms

  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline
  • Lens Diseases / epidemiology
  • Lens Diseases / etiology
  • Medical Records
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retinal Detachment / epidemiology*
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Time Factors