Posterior capsulorhexis with optic capture: maintaining a clear visual axis after pediatric cataract surgery

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1994 Nov;20(6):658-64. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(13)80659-1.


We describe a technique for preventing secondary membrane formation after pediatric cataract extraction. This technique involves capture of an intraocular lens (IOL) optic through a posterior curvilinear capsulorhexis opening in an attempt to maintain a clear visual axis in children after cataract surgery. This maneuver ensures centration of the posterior chamber IOL because the haptics remain in the capsular bag and the optic is captured in the posterior capsular opening. Also, the need for an anterior vitrectomy may be eliminated. Apposition of the anterior and posterior capsule leaflets anterior to the optic may limit the migration of Elschnig pearls, reducing the incidence of secondary membranes and the need for additional procedures.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cataract / congenital*
  • Cataract / prevention & control
  • Cataract Extraction / methods*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / surgery*
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Pupil / physiology