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Safety and efficacy of manual small incision cataract surgery for phacolytic glaucoma
  1. Rengaraj Venkatesh1,
  2. Colin S H Tan2,
  3. Thangavel Thirumalai Kumar1,
  4. Ravilla D Ravindran1
  1. 1Aravind Eye Hospital, Pondicherry, India
  2. 2The Eye Institute at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, National Healthcare Group, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to: Dr. Rengaraj Venkatesh Aravind Eye Hospital, Thavalakuppam, Pondicherry- 605 007; venkatesh{at}


Aims: To evaluate the safety, visual outcome and complications of manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) in the treatment of patients with phacolytic glaucoma.

Methods: In a nonrandomised interventional case series, 33 consecutive patients with phacolytic glaucoma underwent cataract extraction by MSICS, with staining of the anterior capsule by trypan blue.

Results: The mean preoperative intraocular pressure (IOP) was 46.2 mmHg. No significant intraoperative complications such as posterior capsule rupture or expulsive hemorrhage occurred. In 31 patients (93.9%), an intraocular lens (IOL) was implanted in the posterior chamber. In two of 33 patients (6.1%), the posterior capsule was removed and the patient was left aphakic because of severe pre-existing zonulysis. The postoperative best-corrected visual acuity was 20/60 or better in 29 cases (87.9%) and 20/40 or better in 26 patients (78.8%). The IOP was 22 mmHg or less in all 33 cases without the use of anti-glaucoma medications and the mean IOP was 15.1 mmHg (range, 7–22, SD ± 3.9). Postoperative corneal edema occurred in 11 cases (33.3%) and anterior chamber inflammation was present in nine cases (27.3%). Both conditions resolved with standard medical therapy.

Conclusion: Manual small incision cataract surgery with trypan blue staining of the anterior capsule is a safe and effective method of cataract extraction for patients with phacolytic glaucoma.

  • CCC, continuous curvilinear capsulorrhexis
  • ECCE, extracapsular cataract extraction
  • IOL, intraocular lens
  • IOP, intraocular pressure
  • MSICS, manual small incision cataract surgery
  • OCTET, Oxford Cataract Treatment and Evaluation Team
  • PMMA, polymethyl methacrylate

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  • Financial support: The authors have not received any financial support in the preparation of this manuscript.

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