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May 1991

Laser Photocoagulation of the Macula

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(5):625. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080050039020

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During the past few years, several major clinical trials have been conducted to evaluate the efficacy of laser photocoagulation in the treatment of various macular diseases. There exists a wealth of outstanding literature published by the Macular Photocoagulation Study, Early Treatment Diabetic Retinopathy Study, and Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion Study groups. The conclusions of these studies have revolutionized the management of macular diseases.

This book concentrates primarily on the most common retinal disorders, including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vein occlusion. In addition, succinct coverage is devoted to the less common macular diseases. This book is divided into concise chapters that review the key clinical findings of each disease. The quality of the fluorescein angiograms is excellent, and they are representative of the pathologic processes described.

The major strength of this book is its excellent review of the current management of each macular disorder. The indications for treatment

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