What is a phacoemulsification procedure?

Phacoemulsification, or phaco. A small incision is made on the side of the cornea, the clear, dome-shaped surface that covers the front of the eye. Your doctor inserts a tiny probe into the eye. This device emits ultrasound waves that soften and break up the lens so that it can be removed by suction.

What is ECCE in cataract surgery?

The term ECCE refers to the technique in which a portion of anterior capsule of the lens is removed, allowing extraction of the lens nucleus and cortex, leaving the remainder of anterior capsule, the posterior capsule, and the zonular support intact.

What does Pciol mean in ophthalmology?

PCIOL – Posterior chamber IOL.

What is ECCE procedure?

Extracapsular cataract extraction is a method for surgically removing a cataract, which is a clouding of the eye’s naturally clear lens. A cloudy lens interferes with light passing through to the retina, the light-sensing layer of cells at the back of the eye.

What happens during phacoemulsification?

With phacoemulsification (or “phaco”), the surgeon cuts a small opening in the clear covering over your eye (the cornea), and a tool sends sound waves that break up the clouded lens into smaller pieces. A tiny vacuum then sucks up the pieces, and the new lens goes in.

What are the 2 types of cataract surgery?

According to the American Optometric Association, there are two types of cataract surgery: small incision cataract surgery and extracapsular surgery.

When do you convert to ECCE?


  1. Posterior capsular rupture or zonular dehiscence with or without a dropped nucleus when the nuclear fragment is larger than half the size of the cataract (> 5 mm);
  2. Errant capsulorhexis in an eye with a hard cataract; or.

What is phakic eye?

Phakic intraocular lenses, or phakic lenses, are lenses made of plastic or silicone that are implanted into the eye permanently to reduce a person’s need for glasses or contact lenses. Phakic refers to the fact that the lens is implanted into the eye without removing the eye’s natural lens.

What is Pciol full form?

Abstract. Purpose: To evaluate intraocular pressure (IOP) control after extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) with posterior chamber intraocular lens (PCIOL) implantation in patients with capsular glaucoma (CG) and coexisting cataract.

What is full form of ECCE?


Is phacoemulsification safe?

Phacoemulsification is a very safe surgery. Among all other cataract operations, phacoemulsification is associated with better vision at six weeks after surgery.

Which is better for cataract extraction ECCE or Ecce?

Although phacoemulsification has become the preferred method of extracapsular extraction for most cataracts in the United States since the 1990s, conventional or standard ECCE is considered less risky for patients with very hard cataracts or weak epithelial tissue in the cornea.

What is difference between SICS and coventional extracapsular cataract extraction?

Coventional extracapsular cataract extraction makes a 12-mm incision at the superior limbus that is closed with sutures. In contrast, SICS removes the nucleus through a 6-mm scleral tunnel and aspirates the remaining cortex.

How is Vision corrected after an extracapsular extraction?

The patient’s vision was corrected after intracapsular extraction by extremely thick eyeglasses or by contact lenses.

Which is better extracapsular extraction or phaco extraction?

As an alternative to phaco, extracapsular extraction that can be done with very small incisions and no sutures has become increasingly popular in developing countries. In fact, there are now courses that teach the technique to American ophthalmologists who want to work overseas.