2020–2021 BCSC Basic and Clinical Science Course™
11 Lens and Cataract
Chapter 12: Preparing for Cataract Surgery in Special Situations
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Unique considerations are needed for patients with psychological disorders, systemic diseases, external ocular abnormalities, corneal pathologies, glaucoma, uveitis, or retinal conditions.
Cataract surgeons need to be prepared for nonroutine procedures in eyes compromised by limited visualization of the lens, loss of integrity of the lens or capsule, zonular weakness, trauma, or extremely long or short axial length.
Minimally invasive procedures allow for glaucoma treatment at the time of cataract extraction.
An emphasis on preoperative planning, the use of emerging technological devices during surgery, and appropriate intraocular lens calculation help enable a safe and successful surgery, even in a challenging situation.
A complete discussion of the indications for and technique of cataract surgery in the pediatric age group is presented in BCSC Section 6, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
Excerpted from BCSC 2020-2021 series: Section 11 - Lens and Cataract. For more information and to purchase the entire series, please visit https://www.aao.org/bcsc.