Viscoelastics in Ophthalmic Surgery is a comprehensive
and detailed text on all aspects of viscoelastic use in ophthalmology. The
authors describe viscoelastics as a "surgical instrument," and within the
text, they describe the various formulations of viscoelastics and their potential
use in ophthalmic surgery.
The early chapters of the book describe various viscoelastic materials
such as sodium hyaluronate, hydroxypropylmethylcellulose, chondroitin sulfate,
polyacrylamide, and collagen. The authors clearly review the important rheologic
and physical properties of viscoelastics, including viscosity, pseudoplasticity,
elasticity, cohesiveness, and coatability. Each of these features, which can
be complicated, are described in a simple fashion. The main viscoelastics
available today (ie, Healon, Provisc, Viscoat, Amvisc, Occucoat, Cellugel)
are reviewed, compared, and contrasted.
Viscoelastics in Ophthalmic Surgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(1):148. doi:
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