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      Nucleus management with Blumenthal technique: Anterior chamber maintainer

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          The Blumenthal's ‘Mininuc’ technique enables nuclear expression through a 5-6.5-mm sclerocorneal tunnel incision using a Sheet's lens glide and anterior chamber maintainer (ACM). A 6-mm or larger capsulorrhexis, reduction in nuclear size by hydroprocedure and its manipulation manually into the anterior chamber are performed. The nucleus is expressed out of the chamber by use of hydrostatic pressure created by balanced salt solution delivered continuously through the ACM. This continuous flow from ACM to anterior chamber keeps the eye under positive pressure physiological state besides clearing the chamber of cortex, blood and pigments offering excellent visualization. The procedure, with an initial learning curve, is highly effective, applicable to all grades of cataracts, has minimum intraocular instrumentation resulting in an early rehabilitation of the patient.

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          Comparison of endothelial cell loss and surgically induced astigmatism following conventional extracapsular cataract surgery, manual small-incision surgery and phacoemulsification.

          To compare the surgically induced astigmatism (SIA) and endothelial cell loss following conventional extracapsular cataract surgery (ECCE), manual small-incision cataract surgery (Blumenthal technique)(SICS) and phacoemulsification (PE) with non-foldable intraocular lens implantation. 186 cataractous eyes with nuclear sclerosis grade 3 or less were randomized to undergo ECCE, SICS or PE with intraocular lens (non-foldable) implantation after a detailed pre-operative assessment. Keratometry and specular microscopy were performed pre-operatively and 6 weeks postoperatively. Surgically induced astigmatism was calculated using the rectangular coordinate method (Holladay et al.). Mean endothelial cell loss was similar for all three groups (p = 0.855); ECCE induced a loss of 4.72% (SD: 13.07); SICS 4.21% (SD: 10.29) and PE 5.41% (SD: 10.99). Mean SIA was 1.77D (1.61D) for the ECCE group, 1.17D (0.95D) for the SICS group and 0.77D (0.65D) for the PE group (p = 0.001). The magnitude of the difference between the SICS and the PE group was 0.4D. PE induced less astigmatism than SICS and ECCE in this study but the magnitude of the difference between SICS and PE was small. There was no significant difference in endothelial cell loss between the three groups.
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            Small-incision manual extracapsular cataract extraction using selective hydrodissection.

            Hydrodissection is a technique in which balanced salt solution is injected through a cannula into various layers of a cataractous lens to separate the lens lamella in a nonspecific location. Selective hydrodissection allows separation of the lens lamella at different desired anatomical layers. The technique allows the smallest possible nucleus, ie, the hard-core nucleus, to be hydroexpressed as a separate entity, requiring, correspondingly, a relatively small capsulorhexis and limbal incision. Then, in a second maneuver, the epinucleus, which engulfs the hardcore nucleus to form the adult nucleus, also can be aspirated or hydroexpressed as a whole. Selective hydrodissection permits scleral incision and stitchless surgery in planned extracapsular cataract extraction and also may serve as an intermediate step for surgeons who wish to convert to or learn phacoemulsification techniques.
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              Anterior chamber maintainer for extracapsular cataract extraction and intraocular lens implantation.

              An instrument for maintaining a deep anterior chamber during extracapsular cataract extraction is described. This anterior chamber maintainer makes the different stages of extracapsular technique safer and easier to perform.

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                Indian J Ophthalmol
                Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
                Medknow Publications (India )
                Jan-Feb 2009
                : 57
                : 1
                : 23-25
                Safdarjung Hospital, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, New Delhi, India
                [1 ]Guru Nanak Eye Center, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India
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                Dr. Ruchi Goel, 513/514, First Floor, Double Storey, New Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi-110 060, India. E-mail: gruchi1@ 123456rediffmail.com
                © Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

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                Ophthalmology & Optometry

                blumenthal, lens glide, anterior chamber maintainer, scleral tunnel


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