A cystitome is a very small specialised knife used to cut the lens capsule of the eye when performing an extracapsular cataract extraction i.e. removal of the cataract-affected lens only, with the lens capsule left in place, or a capsulotomy. A cystitome is suited to this purpose as it is appropriately small in size and has a curved or hooked blade ideal for this particular surgical procedure.
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