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February 1980

Vitreous Wick Syndrome Following Discission of the Posterior Capsule

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, Texas Tech University, Health Science Center, Lubbock, and Sheets Eye Clinic, Odessa. Dr Friedberg is now with the Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1980;98(2):327. doi:10.1001/archopht.1980.01020030323018

• Discission of the posterior capsule frequently is performed by surgeons doing extracapsular cataract extraction and phacoemulsification. Two cases of the vitreous wick syndrome were noted six days and two weeks, respectively, after discission of the posterior capsule, and immediate surgical repair was done. It is important to be aware of the vitreous wick syndrome as a complication of posterior capsule discission because prompt diagnosis and surgical repair may prevent the development of bacterial endophthalmitis or epithelial downgrowth.