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March 1993

Whimsy or Progress: How Can We Tell?

Arch Ophthalmol. 1993;111(3):318-319. doi:10.1001/archopht.1993.01090030036031

Sutureless! Small incision! Clear corneal incision! Foldable lens technology! Now, if you have not seen any of these touted as major advancements (often in the lay press or in throwaway journals, where claims appear to be long on marketing and short on data), you have been visiting another planet for the last several years! Once I start talking about cataract surgery to my patients, they often hold a mini-inquisition with regard to these advances, and, if we are not using them, ask why we are not part of the latest wave.

See also p 333.

As I see it, two growing camps are developing as a reaction to new surgical trends. One camp will try almost anything, regardless of lack of any solid data, as long as it will give a competitive edge. The second camp has reacted adversely to all of the hoopla and denigrated all new surgical changes