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Article
November 1983

Cataract Extraction in the Sympathizing Eye

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Southern California, and the Estelle Doheny Eye Foundation, Los Angeles. Dr Reynard is now in private practice in Malibu, Calif.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1983;101(11):1701-1703. doi:10.1001/archopht.1983.01040020703006
Abstract

• Cataract extraction was performed on the sympathizing eyes of six patients with sympathetic ophthalmia. In five patients the clinical diagnosis of sympathetic ophthalmia was supported by the results of histologic examination of the exciting eye. The postoperative period averaged 12 years, and visual acuities ranged from 20/25 to light perception. The presence of posterior synechiae posed the major complicating operative factor. Cystoid macular edema, vitreous opacity, pupillary membrane formation, and corneal opacification were associated with postoperative visual impairment in four cases. We conclude that the underlying status of the sympathizing eye at the time of cataract extraction and postoperative management are critical factors that influence ultimate visual outcome.

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