Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


The ability of two ocular irrigating solutions to reduce postoperative corneal edema after intracapsular cataract extraction was compared using ultrasonic pachymetry. All patients had anterior chamber intraocular lenses implanted. The solutions were balanced salt solution and solution L-410 (PO-EIS), an eye irrigation solution containing dextran 40 and bicarbonate. Corneas irrigated with either solution showed no significant difference in postoperative edema. The use of L-410 (as an alternative to balanced salt solution) may not be necessary in intracapsular cataract extraction.