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Book and Software Review
April 2000

Manual of Cataract Surgery, 2nd ed

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Arch Ophthalmol. 2000;118(4):593. doi:

A cataract surgery text should aim to discuss the general principles of cataract surgery and highlight the unique differences between the techniques. Additionally, articles from peer-reviewed journals should be referenced as much as possible to provide a scientific foundation on which to base the framework of discussion and comparison. Finally, there should be clear illustrations to complement the written descriptions. This book meets these criteria in most instances.

The Manual of Cataract Surgery adequately covers the general techniques of cataract surgery. Chapter headings cover all of the major steps in the surgical experience, from the preoperative evaluation through anesthesia and incisions to postoperative management. Most of the chapters are short, with little more than 95 pages of text and illustrations to cover 15 chapters of material. In areas in which more than a single technique is commonly used, such as removal of the nucleus, the manual is reasonably comprehensive in addressing the various surgical options. The descriptions are relatively short, however, and do not allow for much discussion as to the finer points and the positive and negative aspects of each technique.