Management of the posterior capsule during pediatric intraocular lens implantation

Am J Ophthalmol. 1993 Jun 15;115(6):722-8. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)73638-4.


One of the major obstacles in pediatric intraocular lens implantation has been the subsequent dense opacification of the posterior capsule. We used a modification of the standard pediatric cataract surgical procedure, which involved endocapsular cataract extraction, posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation, pars plana posterior capsulotomy, and pars plana anterior vitrectomy in 20 consecutive patients with unilateral traumatic, radiation-induced, and developmental cataracts. Visual axes were rapidly restored in all patients without further intervention for posterior capsule opacification. Visual acuity returned to 20/40 or better in all patients and 75% of all patients (15 patients) reached maximum improvement by five weeks. No complications attributed to intraoperative removal of the posterior capsule occurred.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cataract / etiology
  • Cataract Extraction / methods*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Eye Injuries, Penetrating / complications
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / surgery*
  • Lens, Crystalline / injuries
  • Lenses, Intraocular*
  • Male
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiation Injuries / complications
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity