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Book and Software Review
August 2001

Refractive Cataract Surgery and Multifocal IOLs

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(8):1231-1232. doi:

Dr Wallace has edited a well-written, up-to-date text covering all aspects of refractive cataract surgery and multifocal intraocular lens (IOL) implants. The beginning chapters are devoted to IOL calculations. The basics of ocular biometry are well-discussed, though examples of actual scans would have better facilitated the reader's understanding of the basic issues and potential sources for error in the measurements. The chapters on implant calculations and lens design and materials provide a thorough review and bibliography covering all the essential issues. The chapter on anesthesia for cataract surgery is almost exclusively limited to topical anesthesia, which has rapidly become the preferred technique of most physicians practicing refractive cataract surgery. The chapters on phacoemulsification technology and techniques are well described and supported, with excellent diagrams and photographs. The chapter on reducing astigmatism refers to "the following nomograms," which are not included and would be most helpful.

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