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Eye: phacoemulsification

Contributor(s): Joanna Hedley, Vicki Baldrey

Introduction

  • Phacoemulsification is a procedure in which the lens is emulsified using an ultrasonic device and then aspirated.

Uses

Advantages

  • Vision can be markedly improved following phacoemulsification.
  • Secondary problems associated with cataracts, eg lens-associated uveitis, may be prevented.

Disadvantages

  • General anesthesia, specialist equipment and skills are required.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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Outcomes

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Sanchez R F, Becker R, Dawson C et al (2017) Calculation of posterior chamber intraocular lens (IOL) size and dioptric power for use in pet rabbits undergoing phacoemulsification. Vet Ophthal 20 (3), 242-9 PubMed.
  • Felchle L M & Sigler R L (2002) Phacoemulsification for the management of Encephalitozoon cuniculi-induced phacoclastic uveitis in a rabbit. Vet Ophthal (3), 211–215 PubMed.
  • Gwon A, Gruber L, Mantras C et al (1993) Lens regeneration in New Zealand albino rabbits after endocapsular cataract extraction. Invest Ophthal Visual Sci 34 (6), 2124–2129 PubMed.
  • Beyer C F, Peyman G A & Hill J M (1989) Expulsive choroidal hemorrhage in rabbits: A Histopathologic Study. Arch Ophthal 107 (11), 1648–1653 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Gelatt K N (2014) Essentials of Veterinary Ophthalmology. 3rd edn. Wiley Blackwell, New York.


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