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December 1972

Filamentary Keratitis Following Cataract Extraction

Author Affiliations

Philadelphia; Philadelphia
From the Cornea Service, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1972;88(6):609-612. doi:10.1001/archopht.1972.01000030611007

Filamentary keratitis, a little-known complication of cataract surgery, caused significant symptoms in the patients it affected. In most instances, the filaments disappeared in a week or two with therapy consisting of filament removal with (0.5%) silver nitrate impregnated cotton-tipped applicators. However, in two out of eight patients, the filaments recurred up to four years after surgery, although the visual acuity usually was not significantly affected.