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April 4, 2012

The Yale Guide to Ophthalmic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Ophthalmology Section, Surgical Service, Edward Hines Jr VA Hospital; and Loyola University Chicago, Hines, Illinois (

JAMA. 2012;307(13):1436. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.400

As the title implies, The Yale Guide to Ophthalmic Surgery is intended for anyone interested in ophthalmology or the various aspects of ophthalmic surgery, and the editors and authors are current or former members of or students in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. The paperback format allows for easy reference in the operating room and clinic; the guide is also available as an e-book.

The text comprises 9 chapters. The first, “Introduction to Ophthalmic Surgery,” addresses why the text was developed as well as what types of readers will be interested in and most likely to benefit from the text. The target audience includes ophthalmic technicians who work with ophthalmologists in the clinic or operating room, medical students doing ophthalmology rotations, ophthalmic surgical assistants, ophthalmology residents who must quickly learn a different and complex surgical technique and language to become proficient in 3 short years of residency training, and practicing ophthalmologists who must stay up to date on rapidly changing ophthalmic surgical techniques.

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