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Reply: Nomenclature to denote conventional phacoemulsification

Kahraman, Guenal MD; Abela-Formanek, Claudette MD; Amon, Michael MD

Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery: December 2007 - Volume 33 - Issue 12 - p 2008
doi: 10.1016/j.jcrs.2007.06.071
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Small-incision cataract surgery is the terminology used as a result of the introduction of phacoemulsification and the development of foldable intraocular lenses, which reduce the size of the sutureless corneal incision to 3.2 mm or less.1,2 In our methods section, the exact surgical technique and corneal incision size implemented were defined. To prevent misinterpretation, “3.2 mm small-incision coaxial phacoemulsification” would have been more appropriate terminology than SICS.


1. Weikert MP. Update on bimanual microincisional cataract surgery. Curr Opin Ophthalmol. 2006;17:62-67.
2. American Academy of Ophthalmology. Preferred Practice Patterns. Cataract in the Adult Eye. San Francisco, CA, the Academy, 2006. Available at: Accessed September 13, 2007
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