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June 1938

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES WITH INTRACAPSULAR CATARACT EXTRACTIONS

Author Affiliations

MADISON, WIS.
From the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1938;19(6):867-881. doi:10.1001/archopht.1938.00850180019001
Abstract

The intracapsular method of cataract extraction is increasing in popularity both in this country and abroad, though it has by no means supplanted the extracapsular procedure. While some ophthalmologists still reject the operation because of convictions concerning the wisdom of removing the posterior capsular diaphragm and the anatomic disturbance of the vitreous body, many have hesitated because of fear of the operation. From my limited experience, the latter seems entirely unjustified. The impression has prevailed that the intracapsular method is too hazardous for any but surgeons of large experience, and many men have avoided the operation for this reason. No doubt prejudice against intracapsular extraction has been due to early unfortunate results reported in this country following the use of the original method introduced by Colonel Smith. With the more refined and gentle technic of forceps extraction, this should be dispelled.

In this paper are reported the results of 200

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