Photic maculopathy after extracapsular cataract surgery. A prospective study.


Journal Article

Photic retinal injuries have been described after surgical exposure to the intense illumination systems of operating microscopes. The overall incidence of such injuries has been postulated at less than 10%. The authors prospectively studied 43 consecutive patients to determine the incidence of photic macular injuries during cataract surgery. Patients underwent complete ophthalmic examinations, fundus photography, and oral fluorography before and after surgery. Photic macular injuries developed in 12 of 43 eyes (28%) as a result of intraocular surgery. This incidence is much higher than previous estimates. The association with possible risk factors, cystoid macular edema, and the effect of these injuries on final visual acuity are discussed.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Byrnes, GA; Antoszyk, AN; Mazur, DO; Kao, TC; Miller, SA

Published Date

  • May 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 99 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 731 - 737

PubMed ID

  • 1594219

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1594219

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0161-6420

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0161-6420(92)31903-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States