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Book and Software Review
January 2001

Viscoelastics in Ophthalmic Surgery

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edited by Lucio Buratto, MD, Pietro Giardini, MD, and Roberto Bellucci, MD, 500 pp, with illus, $145, ISBN 1-556-4244-85, Thorofare, NJ, Slack Inc, 2000.


Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(1):148. doi:

Viscoelastics in Ophthalmic Surgery is a comprehensive and detailed text on all aspects of viscoelastic use in ophthalmology. The authors describe viscoelastics as a "surgical instrument," and within the text, they describe the various formulations of viscoelastics and their potential use in ophthalmic surgery.

The early chapters of the book describe various viscoelastic materials such as sodium hyaluronate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, chondroitin sulfate, polyacrylamide, and collagen. The authors clearly review the important rheologic and physical properties of viscoelastics, including viscosity, pseudoplasticity, elasticity, cohesiveness, and coatability. Each of these features, which can be complicated, are described in a simple fashion. The main viscoelastics available today (ie, Healon, Provisc, Viscoat, Amvisc, Occucoat, Cellugel) are reviewed, compared, and contrasted.

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