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June 1973

Cataract Surgery and Its Complications.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(6):525. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040527021

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In his preface to this timely book, the author makes no claim to encyclopedic coverage of all aspects of cataract surgery. Rather, he attempts to correlate the pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and clinical picture of the many complications that may befall the cataract surgeon's patients.

The chapter headings include the decision to operate, wound healing, sutures and needles, surgical technique, control of postoperative astigmatism, postoperative care, and complications at the time of surgery. Postoperative complications are grouped under the headings of hypotension, choroidal detachment, anterior chamber depth, pupillary block, glaucoma, corneal edema, cystoid macular edema, other alterations at the posterior pole, and vitreous changes. Other chapters cover the subjects of hyphema, expulsive hemorrhages, vitreous hemorrhage, endophthalmitis, uveitis, retained lens material, iris prolapse, and several others.

The author's approach is admittedly a personal one, yet he manages to avoid dogmatism. For this reason, no exception can be taken to most of the

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