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The Evolution of Cataract Surgery: Controversies Through the Ages

Martin, Aifric Isabel MRCOphth, MB BCh BAO*†; Sutton, Gerard MD, FRANZCO; Hodge, Christopher BAppSc*

The Asia-Pacific Journal of Ophthalmology: July/August 2013 - Volume 2 - Issue 4 - p 213–216
doi: 10.1097/APO.0b013e31829df4bf

Cataracts have been in public consciousness since ancient times. Throughout the ages, the comfort of established practices, at times, has obstructed the implementation of improved policies. The opposition to lensectomy, hygiene practices, intraocular lenses, and phacoemulsification (phaco) are explored. As femtosecond laser cataract surgery attempts to secure a foothold in cataract treatment, we consider whether it is destined to be a forgotten footnote or if, like other contributions to the history books, the difficulties of establishing a new technique are abstracting the benefits represented.

From the *Vision Eye Institute, Chatswood, New South Wales, Australia; †University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland; and ‡Save Sight Institute, University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Received for publication April 30, 2013; accepted May 29, 2013.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to declare.

Reprints: Aifric Isabel Martin, MRCOphth, MB BCh BAO, Vision Eye Institute, Level 3 270 Victoria Ave, Chatswood, New South Wales 2067, Australia. E-mail:

© 2013 by Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology
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