Intracapsular cataract surgery removes the lens and the entire membrane wrapped around the lens (capsule).
When the whole lens capsule is removed, there is a greater chance of complications in the back of the eye:
Compared to extracapsular surgery, intracapsular surgery has a greater risk of complications, including glaucoma, which may result in nerve damage and blindness.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Carol L. Karp, MD - Ophthalmology|
|Last Revised||August 24, 2011|