Extracapsular cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation in leprosy patients: visual outcome and complications

Indian J Lepr. 1998 Jan-Mar;70(1):5-10.


In Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 70 eyes of 53 leprosy patients had extracapsular cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation done during a period of four years. The authors analyzed the outcome regarding restoration of vision and complications after this procedure. The visual acuity improved in 92.9% of the eyes and in 65.7% the acuity had improved by four lines or more on the Snellen chart. The post-operative complications could not be associated only to leprosy infiltration; in any case, they were not too serious and could be controlled.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Brazil
  • Cataract / etiology*
  • Cataract Extraction*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lens Implantation, Intraocular*
  • Leprosy / complications*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Visual Acuity