When the cortex gets opaque, it makes the visualization poor because it blocks the red reflex from retro-illumination. Sometimes, the cortex starts out looking reasonably translucent, but when the fluid waves of the hydro-dissection pass, they can whip up the cortex and turn it opaque in seconds. This happens during the cataract surgery video presented here: the cortex becomes so fluffy and opaque that it blocks most of the retro-illumination. How should we proceed?
The key is to keep the position of the critical structures, such as the capsulorhexis, in your mind. You must remember the position of the capsulorhexis edges so that when you perform phaco chop, you will avoid inadvertently hitting or damaging it.
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