The Primary Posterior Continuous Curvilinear Capsulorhexis

  • Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill
  • Marie-José TassignonEmail author


The lens capsule is the thickest basement membrane in the body and develops from the lens epithelial cells to encapsulate the lens fibers. The thickness of the capsule is highly variable and is thinnest at the posterior face. At 9 μ in thickness, it is significantly thinner than its anterior counterpart [1]. The capsule consists of a thin, transparent, membrane-like collagen structure, but from a functional standpoint it forms an essential barrier, separating the anterior and posterior segments. Surgeons in the early stages of their careers are reminded by their trainers to guard the capsule, as posterior capsular rupture is one of the most feared surgical complications with known increases in postoperative issues [2]. An accidental traumatic posterior capsular rupture disturbs the anterior hyaloid face, but a planned and well-controlled PPCCC is just as safe as operating with an intact capsule and retains similar diffusion properties [3, 4].


Anterior Chamber Posterior Capsule Lens Epithelial Cell Lens Capsule Lens Fiber 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill
    • 1
  • Marie-José Tassignon
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyAntwerp University HospitalEdegemBelgium
  2. 2.Department of MedicineAntwerp UniversityWilrijkBelgium

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