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From the seemingly infinite variety of techniques employed in cataract surgery, Dr. Havener has chosen to present in this book those techniques he finds most useful. A combined descriptive and pictorial format is used to show each step of the surgery. Discussions are very complete and meticulously precise. The illustrations by Sallie Gloeckner are superb, combining half-tone realistic drawings of the surgeon's view of the eye with graphic cross-sectional drawings of the same procedures.
Every basic aspect of cataract surgery is covered beginning with premedication, cleaning and draping the eye, and local anesthesia. Readers will seldom find such a detailed description of these important, but often underplayed, preliminary steps. The operative procedures described include conjunctival flaps, corneoscleral incisions by several methods, details of suture placement, iridectomy, and use of alpha-chymotrypsin. Lens extraction is presented by methods of cryoextraction, erisophake, and forceps delivery. Although several alternative procedures are mentioned, Dr. Havener
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