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From the Archives of the Archives
June 2000

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(6):802. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.6.802

Loss of Vitreous — This is the most important complication. Much has been written minimizing loss of vitreous in the intracapsular operation, but it cannot be sufficiently stressed that any disturbance of vitreous is serious and should be avoided. It is not the amount that is so important; it is the presence of the hyaloid membrane in the incision, which interferes with the normal healing of the incision and leads to inflammatory changes in the eyeball. The more experience one gathers in cataract surgery, the greater respect one acquires for the vitreous.

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