by Louis E. Probst, MD, 517 pp, $175, ISBN 1-55642-404-3, Thorofare, NJ, SLACK Inc, 2000.
After reviewing the complex cases presented in this book by a number of experts, I began to question the advisability of recommending laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) to any sane patient or of becoming a surgeon who performs a large number of LASIK operations. Alas, the objective of this book according to Dr Probst, the editor, is not to scare patients or surgeons away from LASIK refractive surgery, but rather to "create the complex case environment so that readers feel like they have indirectly experienced the case themselves." The readers are of course members of the ophthalmic and optometric community involved in the management of refractive surgery patients. Thus, these readers would be able to compare their complex and complicated cases with the cases presented in the book. The reader would hopefully "avoid much of the indecision and anxiety that can be associated with the atypical patient with an imperfect outcome." With this noble intention in mind, the book serves a worthwhile purpose.
Complex Cases With LASIK: Advanced Techniques and Complication Management. Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(9):1308. doi: