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July 1969

A Method of Iris Retraction in Cryoextraction of Cataracts

Author Affiliations

Oklahoma City
From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Oklahoma Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Oklahoma City.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;82(1):82. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990020084019
Abstract

WITH the increasing popularity of cryoextraction of cataracts, various methods have been described to deal with the iris in such a way that, when the tip of the cryoextractor is applied to the lens, there will be plenty of room so that the iris is not also frozen to the extractor.

A sector iridectomy simplifies iris retraction but the problem remains that for a round pupil extraction some method of retraction of the lens, an absorbable sponge cut retractors have been devised for this purpose.

This brief presentation reports a simplified method which has some advantages for lens extraction with either a round pupil or a sector iridectomy.

When the surgeon is ready to begin extraction of the lens, an absorbable sponge cut in a triangular shape on the end of a small hemostat is inserted into the anterior chamber, and the excess fluid and aqueous is rapidly absorbed. A

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