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December 2001

Complications of Cataract Surgery: A Manual

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by Bruce A. Noble, BSc, FRCS, FRCOphth, and Ian G. Simmons, BVSc, MB, ChB, FRCS, FRCOphth, 128 pp, with 160 color illus, $80, ISBN 0-7506-4799-X, Woburn, Mass, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2001.


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

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(12):1872. doi:

This book is an overview of cataract surgery and is targeted toward ophthalmology residents and novice cataract surgeons. It is divided into 3 parts: a section dealing with routine cataract surgery, a section on complications, and a section addressing medicolegal matters. The routine cataract surgery section has a comprehensive table on preoperative signs that may identify patients with an increased risk of surgical complications. It also has a detailed section on anesthesia, including different techniques of anesthesia and possible anesthetic complications. I was surprised to see the recommendation of 10% neosynephrine given 4 times in the preoperative regimen, without a precaution concerning systemic hypertension.

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