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November 1996

The Knife-Needle Operation for Secondary Capsular Cataract

Author Affiliations

Denver, Colo

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(11):1414-1415. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140614017

In most of our text-books on diseases of the eye, the short paragraph devoted to the needle operation for secondary cataract contrasts sharply with the pages given to the description of cataract extraction. Yet it is safe to say that in practice there are ten failures of the needle operation to one failure in extraction.

F. Buller1... remarked: "Discission of the capsule for the betterment of vision, after otherwise successful cataract operations, presents so many difficulties and dangers that any genuine improvement in the technique of removing or displacing an obstructing capsule cannot fail to be appreciated."

I was once taken to task by Dr H. Knapp for the statement2 with regard to operations for secondary cataract: "They are not without danger. They may cause infection of the eye and general inflammation of the uveal tract." This was contrary to his experience, and I had to admit that

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