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LE Kepple, A Prasad, JT Ernest, KM Goins; The Role of Indocyanine Green in Routine Phacoemulsification by Residents . Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci. 2002;43(13):361.
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Purpose: Indocyanine green (ICG) has been useful in the management of mature white lens cataracts during phacoemulsification by facilitating the visualization of the capsulorhexis, thereby reducing the incidence of radial anterior capsular tears and subsequent vitreous loss. The purpose of this study is to determine if resident performed cataract surgery using ICG in all types of cataracts results in fewer overall complications. Methods: Data was gathered from multiple phacoemulsification surgeries performed by residents with and without ICG. The incidence of anterior capsule radial tears, posterior capsular tears, and vitreous loss was documented. Visual recovery and outcome was assessed. Results: Preliminary results in fifty eyes suggest that intraoperative ICG staining of the lens capsule decreases the overall complication rate of resident performed phacoemulsification. Conclusion: ICG may be of value in routine cataract surgery performed by residents.
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