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U.K. Bhatt, A. Tadros; Effect of Lens Epithelial Cells (LECs) Cleaning on Posterior Capsular Opacification (PCO) . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2005;46(13):2860.
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Purpose:To assess the long–term effects of lens epithelial cells (LECs) cleaning on the posterior capsular opacification (PCO). Methods: This prospective randomised control study included 37 eyes of 36 patients. 20 eyes were selected randomly for removal of lens epithelial cells from the anterior capsule (using standard Irrigation–Aspiration canula) as part of routine phacoemulsification with intra–ocular lens implantation. The other 17 eyes were used as control where the lens epithelial cells were not removed. All surgeries were performed by one surgeon (A.T.). All patients had silicone intra–ocular lens implant (Allergan® SI–40). Patients from either group with significant PCO were identified over 24 months post–operative period. Results: The study group showed significantly less PCO than the control group. One (5%) patient from the study group (with LECs cleaning) and 4 (22.25%) from the control group (without LECs cleaning) developed significant PCO. The difference was statistically significant (P < .05). Conclusions: Removal of anterior subcapsular LECs using vacuum aspiration helps in reducing the PCO.
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