||Visual outcomes and operative complications following cataract surgery in Sorokdo Hansen patients
Mo Sae kim1, Hyung chul Park2
Department of Ophthalmology, National Cancer center, Goyang, Korea1, National Sorokdo Hospital2
Purpose: To evaluate the visual outcomes and operative complications following cataract surgery in Sorokdo leprosy patients
Methods: Forty three eyes of 35 leprosy patients with cataract underwent phacoemulsification and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation surgeries. Eyes with small pupil and insufficient pupildilatation were treated with iris retractor and iris sphincterotmy
Results: The mean age of patients was 71.0 ± 8.2 years and the mean follow up was 4.5 ± 2.0 months. The mean visual acuity significantly increased from 0.34 ± 0.23 to 0.73 ± 0.21 (p<0.05). Sixteen eyes (38%) gain 5 or more lines and 35 eyes (83%) gain 2 or more lines in corrected visual acuity. Common intraoperative events were 8 (19%) iris retractor use and 6 (14%) posterior capsular tear.
Conclusions: Phacoemulsification and posterior chamber intraocular lens implantation surgeries in aged Sorokdo Hansen patients were safe and efficient to improve visual quality and life expectations.