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Intraoperative Descemet’s membrane detachment in a case of phacomorphic glaucoma
  1. Amar Pujari,
  2. Deepa R Swamy,
  3. Manthan Hasmukhbhai Chaniyara,
  4. Namrata Sharma
  1. Department of Ophthalmology, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Amar Pujari, dramarpujari{at}


A 60-year-old female patient with phacomorphic glaucoma underwent initial medical management to control the intraocular pressure (IOP). After 48 hours, a stable IOP was achieved and subsequently the patient was planned for phacoemulsification followed by intraocular lens implantation. There was initial difficulty while reconstructing the corneal wounds; however, phacoemulsification and IOL implantation were uneventful but during viscoelastic removal, an inadvertent Descemet’s membrane detachment involving the central cornea was noted. Postoperatively corneal oedema persisted till 1 week, following which there was a gradual improvement with topical antibiotics, steroids and hyperosmotic agents. At the end of 6 months, the best corrected visual acuity was 20/25 with a central corneal thickness of 580 µm without any need for additional endothelial replacement surgery.

  • anterior chamber
  • surgery
  • medical education
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  • Contributors All authors have evaluated the case in great detail followed by optimal surgical intervention to achieve good outcomes. They after critically analysing the educational value of the report wrote the report together.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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