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Dr. Colvard's highly recommended cataract surgery book.
Though I am primarily in private practice, I spend a significant portion of my week teaching resident ophthalmologists to perform ocular surgery, and in particular, cataract surgery. Part of the enjoyment of teaching residents is their sense of enthusiasm and their thirst for knowledge.
But learning cataract surgery is difficult, and most experts agree that you need hundreds (if not thousands) of cases under your belt to get past the difficult part of the learning curve. How do you start? A comprehensive tome of cataract surgery would be more than 1,000 pages, and a novice surgeon would get lost in the trees without ever seeing the forest.
Michael Colvard has written Achieving Excellence in Cataract Surgery, A Step-by-Step Approach and has put together an expert panel of contributors who explain important concepts of phaco in a concise manner. The book covers the entire range of cataract surgery, from anesthesia to choosing phaco settings to performing the surgery, and it does this in just 140 pages.
This is the ideal book for the beginning cataract surgeon since it gives a solid overview and creates a foundation of knowledge upon which the surgeon can continue to build throughout his career.
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