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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Stephen E Orlin, MD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive book, written by an extremely competent group of authors, covers every aspect of the art and the science of the evolution of cataract and clear lens extraction surgery into a highly predictable and accurate refractive surgical procedure. The short and succinct chapters are very informative and packed with practical information for new and experienced cataract and refractive surgeons.
Purpose: The purpose is to give differing and practical points of view in the rapidly evolving specialty of refractive intraocular lens (IOL) surgery. The book could not come at a better time in this explosive field, in which we will see a whole new paradigm shift in outcomes and patient expectations following not only cataract surgery, but also as a viable and expanding branch of refractive surgery. These worthy objectives are clearly met by the editors and chapter authors.
Audience: It is intended for all general ophthalmologists and refractive surgeons, whether they are experienced or just beginning their careers. It is edited and written by authors who are world authorities in their respective fields.
Features: This book covers every aspect of the latest in the premier IOLs, traditional lens implants and surgical procedures used to correct presbyopia and astigmatism. It also describes in a detailed and critical fashion the art of patient selection and the science behind the various alternatives physicians and patients have in making their selection. It also addresses techniques for improvement in traditional cataract surgery and helping the surgeon strive for emmetropia, in this environment where patients are demanding perfection in their postoperative results. The book is well divided into 14 sections, each of which has short but to the point chapters that are richly illustrated with excellent photographs and diagrams.
Assessment: This is the most comprehensive book of its kind in the field of refractive intraocular lens surgery and is a must for all practitioners whether they are just embarking on their careers or they are experienced cataract surgeons needing to keep up with the wishes of an increasing and demanding patient population.