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July 1970

Cataract Extraction Following Retinal Detachment Surgery

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Retina Research, Retina Foundation, and the Retina Service, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Dr. Seelenfreund was a Head Ophthalmic fellow of the Retina Foundation. Drs. Ackerman and Seelenfreund are now in private practice in New York city.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1970;84(1):41-44. doi:10.1001/archopht.1970.00990040043011

Review of 73 cataract extractions following retinal detachment procedures showed that the retina in 93% of the cases remained reattached during a follow-up period of at least six months. The low incidence of redetachment of the retina indicates that previous successful detachment surgery should not be a deterrent to cataract extraction. The preoperative and surgical management of cataract extraction in these cases is discussed.