Post Operative Complications of Cataract Surgery Seen Over a 5-Year Period [Jan. 1998 – Dec. 2002]

  • F B Akinsola
  • M B Hassan
  • A A Majekodunmi
  • A O Adefule-Ositelu
  • A O Onakoya
  • O T Anibaba


Objective: To determine the commonest post-operative complications of cataract surgery seen at LUTH over a 5year period. Methodology: All case notes and operation notes of patients who have had cataract surgery over a period of 5years [Jan'98-Dec'02] were retrospectively studied and analyzed. Results: A total of 272 eyes in 254 patients were operated. The commonest procedure was Extracapsular Cataract Extraction with Posterior Chamber implant [ECCE + PC IOL] in 67.3% of eyes while the least procedure was secondary lens implant [Posterior chamber and anterior chamber implant] in 1.5% of eyes each. The commonest post-operative complications was found to be wound gape with uveal prolapse [43.5% of total complications] while the least post-operative complication is corneal decompensation [4.3% of total complications]. Conclusion: It is recommended that proper attention be paid to wound closure during surgery while adequate training in suturing should also be ensured. The use of figure-of-8 interlocking sutures if employed would also go a long way in reducing this common complication.

NQJHM Vol. 14 (1) 2004: pp. 56-60

Journal Identifiers

eISSN: 0189-2657