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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sarah Johanna Wehrli, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This compilation of complex cataract scenarios describes the important considerations when approaching them and provides strategies for ophthalmic surgeons managing these cases.
Purpose: The book was written to address the increasing number of difficult cataract surgeries.
Audience: It is appropriate for both ophthalmic residents and established practitioners. It targets comprehensive ophthalmologists as well as pediatric, uveitis, and glaucoma specialists who perform the types of cataract surgeries discussed in the book.
Features: What stands out is how the book manages to be understandable for beginning residents who want to familiarize themselves with the many considerations involved in cataract surgery, while providing adequate detail for more seasoned surgeons who seek to broaden their skill set for these complex cases. There are numerous illustrations of a schematic eye that clearly show what the author is describing as well as beautiful intraoperative photos for more realistic illustration. The visual aids are a particular strength.
Assessment: This book could become the sort of staple that anterior segment surgeons have as part of their personal library. The readers who would appreciate it the most are beginning ophthalmology residents and comprehensive ophthalmologists who have less experience with these difficult cases.