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.
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.
Complications of Cataract Surgery: A Manual. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(12):1872. doi: