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Book and Software Review
December 2001

Complications of Cataract Surgery: A Manual

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(12):1872. doi:

This book is an overview of cataract surgery and is targeted toward ophthalmology residents and novice cataract surgeons. It is divided into 3 parts: a section dealing with routine cataract surgery, a section on complications, and a section addressing medicolegal matters. The routine cataract surgery section has a comprehensive table on preoperative signs that may identify patients with an increased risk of surgical complications. It also has a detailed section on anesthesia, including different techniques of anesthesia and possible anesthetic complications. I was surprised to see the recommendation of 10% neosynephrine given 4 times in the preoperative regimen, without a precaution concerning systemic hypertension.

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