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Intracapsular Surgery for Cataracts


Intracapsular Surgery for Cataracts

Intracapsular cataract surgery removes the lens and the entire membrane wrapped around the lens (capsule).

When the whole lens capsule is removed, there is a greater chance of complications in the back of the eye:

Compared to extracapsular surgery, intracapsular surgery has a greater risk of complications, including glaucoma, which may result in nerve damage and blindness.

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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerCarol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology
Last RevisedAugust 24, 2011

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