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Subspecialties Cataract, Practice Management, Health Economics and Policy

If You Think of It, Use It!

“Do you think I should use it?” is often heard in operating rooms from trainees regarding the use of surgical adjuncts when embarking on more complex cataract surgery cases. In the past, surgical adjuncts were often perceived as an unnecessary expensive luxury, and unfortunately these attitudes still persist today.

Here, we discuss how to minimize surgical complications with the appropriate use of surgical adjuncts – from pre-operative planning, simulation training, and strategic case selection for trainees derived from risk stratification. First, let’s look at the evidence for challenging incorrect attitudes.

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David Lockington

Consultant Ophthalmologist at Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology, Glasgow, Scotland, with sub-specialist training in cornea, cataract and anterior segment.

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