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Book and Software Review
May 2003

Vitreous Microsurgery

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3rd ed, by Steve Charles, MD, Adam Katz, MD, and Byron Wood, 261 pp, with illus, $129, ISBN 0-7817-3306-5, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott Williams& Wilkins, 2002.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2003;121(5):746-747. doi:10.1001/archopht.121.5.746-a

The third edition of Vitreous Microsurgery, by Steve Charles, MD, Adam Katz, MD, and Byron Wood, comes 15 years after the second. A lot has changed in the art and science of vitreoretinal surgery in those years, but much has stayed the same. This new edition gives the authors the opportunity to address a host of issues, from the mundane to the complex. One thing is certain: the authors are always ready and willing to state exactly where they stand.

The text includes information on surgery for macular holes, venous occlusive disease, subfoveal choroidal neovascular membranes, and suprachoroidal hemorrhages that is not included in prior editions. A larger, more detailed chapter on epiretinal membrane surgery reflects the authors' special expertise in this field and includes an interesting discussion on case selection. They now appear more willing to operate earlier and on lessseverely affected patients.