Definitions for "Phacoemulsification"
A sophisticated form of extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE) that allows for removal of a cataract through a much smaller incision; less invasive to the eye.
A cataract surgical procedure which uses an ultrasonic vibration to shatter and break up a cataractous lens, making it easier to remove. The vibration is delivered by an irrigation-aspiration instrument. In a survey of ASCRS members in 1994, 86% preferred the phacoemulsification cataract removal technique over the extracapsular cataract extraction technique. The technique was invented by Charles D. Kelman, MD, and was first published in 1967.
a small-tipped instrument used during cataract surgery to remove the cataract. The device acts like a high power ultrasound machine to break the lens into small particles that can then these to be suctioned out of the eye through a small incision.