In this study we wanted to investigate the post-operative astigmatism and visual acuity after phacoemulsification and conventional extracapsular cataract surgery. Patients operated between April and June 1993 (n=150) were retrospectively analyzed. The patients were examined prior to surgery and at day 1, at day 10, and in week 6 post-operatively. The difference between the post-operative log mean visual acuity in the Phaco group and in the CECCE group was significant after 1 and 10 days, however it was not significant (p=0.191) after 6 weeks. The mean astigmatism was significantly less in the Phaco group than in the CECCE group during the whole post-operative check-up period. This study suggests that Phaco results in a lower post-operative astigmatism and an earlier visual rehabilitation compared to the CECCE technique.

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Documenta Ophthalmologica
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Naus, N.C, Luyten, G.P.M, Stijnen, Th, & de Jong, P.T.V.M. (1995). Astigmatism and visual recovery after phacoemulsification and conventional extracapsular cataract extraction. Documenta Ophthalmologica, 90(1), 53–59. doi:10.1007/BF01203294