Real-time optical coherence tomography incorporated in the operating microscope during cataract surgery

Mohammed Almutlak, Turki Aloniazan, William May

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A 55-year-old male presented with reduced vision due to senile cataract. The patient consented to undergo real-time intraoperative anterior segment-optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) during phacoemulsification with intraocular lens (IOL) implantation. Images were captured at various points during the surgery. The use of AS-OCT incorporated into the surgical microscope was evaluated as an adjunct to cataract surgery. We were able to successfully evaluate, in real-time, wound architecture, the attachment of Descemet's membrane, the posterior capsule, and IOL position. Real-time AS-OCT can be used to proactively address potential complications and verify IOL placement intraoperatively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-158
Number of pages3
JournalMiddle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017



  • Cataract
  • intraoperative
  • optical coherence tomography
  • phacoemulsification
  • real-time ocular coherence tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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