1114: success with young cataract patients

When we are operating on a younger cataract patients, the stakes are higher and the surgery must last the patient for many decades to come. This patient is about 40 years old and has developed a central nuclear density which has deteriorated the vision and induce many diopters of myopic shift.

The central nuclear density is seen here as increased lens opalescence.

For the refractive outcome, we are aiming for about -1.50 diopters of myopia in order to emphasize near vision with a central point of about 67 cm and a wider range on either side of that. This will be helpful for the patient’s near work which is primarily computer based with some paperwork. For the surgery, it is imperative that the incision is properly constructed while barely nicking the limbal blood vessels. This will ensure long-term sealing and stability far more than a totally avascular incision. The capsulorhexis must be precise, centered, and of the appropriate 5 mm diameter so that it securely holds the IOL optic for life.

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  1. Hey Uday, congrats on the lovely video. My question is won’t the -1.5 D post surgery refractive error a major issue for the patient to carry out far vision activities like driving

  2. Dear dr Devgan,
    Thanks for sharing this video with great comments, the rhexis is almost femotsecondlaser round! Surgery well done, and yes you can be proud of delivering such a nice performance. I wonder why did you use the triamcinolon in this particular case? Most of the time i do not see you use this for lowering the inflammation. What is the reason behind it to use it in this case? Was the astigmatism too low for a toric IOL? How much time do you take into account for a biomerty in case of contact lens wear?

    Kind regards and keep on posting!

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