The term divide and conquer was first used to describe a technique for removal of the cataractous lens nucleus using phacoemulsification by Gimbel in 1986. When applied in a thoughtful and careful manner (while keeping in mind the anatomy of the cataractous lens), this technique, which involves dividing the hard lens nucleus in half and then typically into quarters, enables the safe and efficient disassembly and removal of the cataract while preparing for lens implant insertion. The goal of the surgeon is to remove the cataract and be left with an intact lens capsule that is well supported by the lenticular zonules and that is without compromise of the capsulorrhexis edge. This gives us the opportunity to place the lens implant in the ideal location—the capsular bag. Even if there is a defect of the capsulorrhexis edge, the lens can still be removed safely with the divide-and-conquer technique as long as the surgeon is careful in applying forces within the lens in such a way as to minimize the risk that a tear of the anterior capsule will extend into the posterior capsule, necessitating additional procedures such as anterior vitrectomy and alternate methods of placement and fixation of the implant.