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December 1998

Lesson Learned From Cataract Surgery

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(12):1697-1698. doi:

Several years ago, when my visual acuity could no longer be corrected to 20/20 OU, I was diagnosed as having a very early nuclear cataract. One year later, bilateral cataracts were evident and I decided to have surgery.

As a physician, but not an ophthalmologist, I learned that there were 3 common intraocular lens materials—polymethylmethacrylate, silicon, and acrylic. I knew that polymethylmethacrylate had a 50-year history of being stable and nonreactive in the eye, but silicon and acrylic were used to make soft, foldable lenses that could be inserted through a small incision and probably would not require suturing.

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