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Cataract classification method allows for higher success rates of cataract surgery


Alex Dastgheib, MD, ABO, discusses the findings of the paper, "325 Cases of Phacoemulsification in Blind Cataracts," presented at the 2022 ASCRS conference in Washington, DC. The paper won the Challenging Cases session during the meeting.

The 325 cases were consecutively performed by Alex Dastgheib, MD, ABO, over a period of 8 years, from 2013 to 2020, and is the largest such case series reported in the world, according to databases Google Scholar, PubMed and a few others.

"I feel that you can make a complex or complicated case into something simple by following the surgical classification techniques. I think even a good resident should be able to be successful at these cataract surgeries if they follow the steps." Alex Dastgheib, MD, ABO

Key takeaways:

  • All cases were successful with a posterior chamber intraocular lens placed in every eye.
  • Through slightly different surgical techniques for each subgroup Dastgheib believes that helped to have such phenomenal results.
  • The results have been as good as the average cataract and the complication rate has been lower than the average cataract, including two (2) out of 325 posterior capsule ruptures.
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