Late hyphema after small incision cataract surgery

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1994 May;20(3):342-3. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(13)80588-3.


A 68-year-old patient presented with a spontaneous hyphema 11 months after successful small incision cataract surgery. There was evidence of neovascularization of the wound. The intraocular lens was sequestered in the capsular bag within an intact capsulorhexis. Wound neovascularization as a complication of cataract surgery has become extremely rare with the increase in the popularity of the corneal incision for extracapsular cataract surgery. But the complication could become more common with the return to scleral incisions for phacoemulsification. Precise wound construction is necessary to avoid this complication.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cataract Extraction / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyphema / etiology*
  • Lenses, Intraocular
  • Limbus Corneae / blood supply
  • Neovascularization, Pathologic / etiology
  • Sutures*