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From the Archives of the Archives
June 2000

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(6):832. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.6.832

The chief advantage of the intracapsular cataract extraction is that the operation is practicable in the immature stage of the cataract. Furthermore, the visual results are surely much better than after capsulotomy. There are not many systematic reports on successive cases to furnish a comparison with the results previously obtained with the extracapsular methods. In my series of 500 successive cases, the visual results were 20/30 or better in 90 per cent, whereas the figures for this visual acuity in the cases of extracapsular extraction ranged from 52-62 per cent.