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April 1973

Incidence of Retinal Detachment Following Cataract Extraction

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology and Retina Service, Scheie Eye Institute and Presbyterian-University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(4):293-295. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040295007

The incidence of retinal detachment following cataract extraction has been reported in the literature as being between 0.4% to 3.5%. This communication reports the incidence of retinal detachment in 5,541 eyes, all of which had zonulolysis by alpha chymotrypsin. In this series, 122 eyes (2.2%) developed retinal detachment following cataract extraction, a rate showing no increase over those series reported without the use of alpha chymotrypsin.