Phacoemulsification with a bevel-down phaco tip: phaco-drill

J Cataract Refract Surg. 1997 Oct;23(8):1149-52. doi: 10.1016/s0886-3350(97)80307-0.


We present a technique for in situ lens nucleus emulsification using low phaco power and high vacuum, a continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis, and hydrodelineation. Emulsification is done with the phaco tip slanted down 30 or 45 degrees. Cutting and aspiration do not cause an undesirable energy loss. This technique can be combined with the nuclear chopping or divide and conquer methods because of its ability to drill and hold the nucleus. Posterior capsular rupture is prevented because the separated epinucleus acts as a barrier between the nucleus and the cortex. The low power used minimizes the energy transfer to the corneal endothelium. This technique is particularly useful in eyes with brunescent cataract.

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Lens Capsule, Crystalline / injuries
  • Lens Nucleus, Crystalline / surgery*
  • Phacoemulsification / instrumentation
  • Phacoemulsification / methods*
  • Rupture / prevention & control
  • Suction