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May 1995

Techniques of Phacoemulsification Surgery & Intraocular Lens Implantation

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Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(5):562. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100050024020

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Yalon has edited a book consisting of 18 articles on the facets of phacoemulsification. Twelve of the articles are written by Americans and six by non-American ophthalmologists. The book is divided into three major sections. The first section is titled "Phacoemulsification and PMMA [polymethyl methacrylate] Lenses." The second section refers to "Foldable Intraocular Lenses" and the third section is devoted to "Special Topics."

The phacoemulsification and PMMA section includes most of the modern techniques in phacoemulsification wound construction, nuclear removal, and wound closure. In general, the articles are well written and useful. There are, however, a couple of articles that are dubious at best. One is an article on phacoemulsification combined with cryotherapy of the anterior lens capsule. The cryotherapy is done so the anterior lens capsule does not opacify. The advantages seem to be far exceeded by the risk for damage to the corneal endothelium. Also in this section

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