BLOG: Extra caution needed in cataract surgery for retinitis pigmentosa cases

Patients with retinitis pigmentosa develop cataracts earlier in life and surgery for these patients presents some challenges. While these patients have relatively soft cataracts, primarily with posterior subcapsular changes, there are other aspects which make their surgery more difficult. The zonular apparatus tends to be weaker in these patients and have a higher incidence of developing anterior capsule phimosis. In addition, the risk of cystoid macular edema is higher and these patients often do have an underlying level of chronic inflammation in the retina.

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