University of Iowa Health Care

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Session 5: Oral Exam Potential Question

1) What is the Little Technique and describe the steps of the Little Technique?


A) The Little Technique is a technique used to rescue the capsule tear when it starts to become radial.

B) Steps of the Little Technique

  1. Unfold the anterior capsule flap and lay it flat against the lens cortex
  2. With the capsulorhexis forceps, hold the flap near the root of tear
  3. Pull back circumferentially in the direction from where it came, applying the force in the plane of the capsule
  4. Holding the flattened flap under tension, direct traction more centrally
last updated: 9/11/2013
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