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March 1991

To 'Phaco' or Not?

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Wausau, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(3):315. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080030017001

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Abstract

To the Editor.  —The phacoemulsification procedure has been available for cataract surgery in this country for nearly 20 years. During this time there have been several waves of popularity for the procedure. At present, we seem to be riding the crest of another of these waves, or so we are told.There have been major developments in equipment, instrumentation, and pharmaceutical agents intended to improve the outcome and ease of performance of this procedure. In addition, the procedure itself has been modified numerous times. Intraocular lenses have also been modified into oval shapes that will slip through a smaller incision. Foldable lenses of soft materials are also available to slip through a phaco incision. Many courses are taught by the masters throughout the United States on conversion to phaco. In addition, on at least a weekly basis, we receive slick throwaway tabloids containing information on surgical procedures, instrumentation, and intraocular

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