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CME Video of the Month

Episode 4

April, 2016

Severe Zonule Laxity: The Zonule-Friendly Technique

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Surgery Description

Pseudoexfoliation and a large nucleus that masks zonule laxity is the situation with this eye in which the anterior capsule behavior during capsulorhexis doesn’t alert the surgeon to the true status of the zonule. Using Trypan Blue, 360º viscodissection, a back crack technique, special techniques to rotate the nucleus, capsule retractors and a CTR, I am able to perform zonule-friendly phaco and IOL insertion in an eye that continues to bring surprises throughout the case. The video is necessarily a bit long but I think you will really enjoy this one!


Financial Disclosure: Richard J. Mackool, MD & RJ Mackool, MD: Consultant: Alcon; Patent Holder: Crestpoint Management

Learning Objective

After reviewing the educational video, learners should be able to anticipate and appropriately respond to evidence of zonular laxity during phacoemulsification, discuss the advantages provided by capsule retractors in eyes with zonular laxity, and describe methods to insert and remove capsule retractors.

Satisfactory completion: Learners must pass a post-test and complete an evaluation form to receive a certificate of completion. Your chosen sessions must be attended in their entirety. Partial credit of individual sessions is not available. If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed below, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

Accreditation Statement – In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Amedco LLC and Review Education Group. Amedco LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation – Amedco LLC designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Target Audience: Ophthalmologists with an interest in cataract surgery.

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