1102: capsule rupture with the IA probe

A posterior capsule rupture can happen at any time during cataract surgery and in this case it is right at the end of cortex removal with the IA probe. Remember that at its thinnest point, the posterior capsule is about 4 microns thin — that is half of the diameter of a red blood cell! Even an expert surgeon can encounter a ruptured posterior capsule despite using the polymer IA tip. This resident surgeon manages the complication very well and is able to prevent vitreous prolapse. The sulcus IOL is securely positioned and the optic captured through the capsulorhexis. The patient achieves a great outcome and will never need a YAG laser capsulotomy!

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