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May 1990

Textbook of Phacoemulsification

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Brookline, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(5):652. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070070038020

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In Textbook of Phacoemulsification, the authors have taken a topic of increasing interest to ophthalmologists and have presented an orderly, uncomplicated explanation of the steps required to convert to it from extracapsular cataract extraction. Assuming that the reader is a competent extracapsular cataract surgeon, Maloney and Grindle present a description of operative and nonoperative factors involved in phacoemulsification, a procedure introduced by Kelman and refined by many.

In covering all aspects of this procedure, the authors pay attention to patient selection in early cases and staff and mechanical needs in the operating room. They provide step-by-step descriptions of hand positions and procedures for handling the instruments and the incision, as well as describe how to manipulate and emulsify the nucleus. After a discussion of the manner in which cortex is harvested and the intraocular lens is placed, there is extensive consideration of wound closure and astigmatism control. Throughout the text,

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