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From the Archives of the Archives
June 2000

A look at the past . . .

Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(6):866. doi:10.1001/archopht.118.6.866

Conclusion — The visual results of the intracapsular operation are excellent and are better than those obtained in the extracapsular operation. The operability of the immature cataract is the most important advantage of the intracapsular operation. The remarkable freedom from reaction which follows this operation is one of its most striking features.

The intracapsular extraction is undoubtedly more difficult and requires experience to meet possible complications. It cannot be stated in advance that an intracapsular operation will succeed. The operation has been much simplified and made safer by advances in certain accessory steps, such as better anesthesia, wound suture and prompt reformation of the anterior chamber. The danger of loss of vitreous is undoubtedly greater.

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