The main purpose of the experimental studies described here was to observe the physicodynamics of the intracapsular extraction of cataract and the effects on the anatomic structures in the anterior segment of the eye during the course of this procedure. This is the first experiment of its kind performed on the human eye. With this information made available, one can attempt to correlate with it the usual complications which arise instead of depending on the conjectural explanations so frequently offered.
With the aspiration method, 18 intracapsular extractions were performed on eyes enucleated from cadavers four to six hours after death. The youngest person was 40 years of age and the oldest 68. The details of the extractions were viewed through the slit lamp from various aspects on differently prepared specimens.
This paper will cover a brief description of the zonular apparatus and the anterior surface of the vitreous and the
GOLDSMITH J. SLIT LAMP OBSERVATIONS DURING EXPERIMENTAL INTRACAPSULAR EXTRACTION OF CATARACT. Arch Ophthalmol. 1939;22(5):792–808. doi:10.1001/archopht.1939.00860110078005