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June 1987

Ophthalmic Microsurgery: Instrumentation, Microscopes, Technique

Arch Ophthalmol. 1987;105(6):759. doi:10.1001/archopht.1987.01060060045027

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This monograph presents a number of diverse topics in the field of ophthalmic microsurgery. Twelve ophthalmologists (from the Netherlands, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the United States) contributed to this volume. The history of ophthalmic microsurgery is reviewed from the first use of the operating microscope by Perritt in 1945 to the use of the ceiling-mounted microscope with foot focusing controls by Barraquer in 1956 to the highly sophisticated systems designed by Zeiss Company. Additional topics presented are the physics of instrument design, the development of motor-driven trephines, advances in vitreoretinal surgery regarding membrane peeling, the varied uses of viscoelastic substances, new techniques of donor cornea storage, and remote-control stereotactic manipulation for intraocular instruments.

This book does not describe how to perform any particular surgery in detail but, rather, is an interesting discussion of

"... an interesting discussion of the basic science principles that underlie the design of surgical instruments."

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