Cataract surgery in leprosy patients with history of uveitis Satoru Joko 1,2 , Kazunori Miyata 2 , Jiro Numaga 2 , Yujiro Fujino 2 1Dept of Ophthalmol, National Leprosarium, Tama-Zensho-En 2Dept of Ophthalmol, Univ of Tokyo Sch of Med pp.355-358
Published Date 1996/3/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1410904770
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We performed cataract surgery in 20 eyes of 18 leprosy patients with history of uveitis. All the eyes were treated by phacoemulsification-aspiration technique. Intraocular lens was implanted in 19 eyes. Visual acuity improved in all the 20 eyes. Visual acuity of 0.5 or over was obtained in 16 eyes, 80%, after a mean follow-up of 12.1 months. The remaining 4 eyes failed to achieve the visual acuity of 0.5, mainly due to prior corneal opacity. While uveitis recurred in one eye, no serious complications were encountered in the whole series. The findings show that cataract surgery by phacoemulsification is a useful one for eyes with leprous uveitis.

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