May 2007
Volume 48, Issue 13
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ARVO Annual Meeting Abstract  |   May 2007
Transient Macular Thickening After Phacoemulcification Surgery
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Y. Wolfson
    Ophthalmology, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
  • O. Geyer
    Ophthalmology, Carmel Medical Center, Haifa, Israel
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    Commercial Relationships Y. Wolfson, None; O. Geyer, None.
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Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science May 2007, Vol.48, 5466. doi:
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      Y. Wolfson, O. Geyer; Transient Macular Thickening After Phacoemulcification Surgery. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2007;48(13):5466.

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Abstract

Purpose:: Previous studies have demonstrated that macular thickening occurs shortly after cataract surgery by phacoemulcification. We investigated the change in macular thickness over time following uncomplicated phacoemulsification.

Methods:: 30 nonconsecutive patients with best-corrected visual acuity of 20/30 or better after uneventful phacoemulcification were included. Excluded were patients with diabetes, myopia, macular pathology, glaucoma and uveitis. Macular thickness in the operated eye and non-operated fellow eye was measured with the optical coherence tomography (OCT) 1 and 6 months postoperatively.

Results:: The mean (+/- SE) foveal thickness in the operated eyes at 1 month postoperatively was 203.5+/-11 micron and decreased to 187.1+/- 9 micron at 6 month (p< 0.023). The mean (+/- SE) macular volume of the operated eyes at 1 month was 7.1+/-0.15 mm3 and it decreased to 6.9+/-0.13 mm3 at 6 month ( p< 0.002). There were no similar changes in the non-operated eyes.

Conclusions:: OCT measurements demonstrated that the subclinical macular thickening present at 1 months after phacoemulsification decreased spontaneously at 6 months following surgery.

Keywords: macula/fovea • cataract • edema 
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