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Subspecialties Cataract, Education and Training, Practice Management

When Complications Strike

As surgeons, we do our best to avoid complications. But no matter how experienced we are, complications do arise. The source could be a patient’s pre-existing condition or (whether we like to admit it or not) because of the surgeon. We must remember that each complicated case presents an opportunity for us to learn and improve, so it’s important that we understand the precise nature of the problem – and how to best manage it.

Here, I discuss a number of complex cases that any cataract surgeon might encounter at the operating table, and I offer my thoughts on how they could be handled.

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About the Author

Sumitra Khandelwal

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine. She also trains residents and cornea fellows at the Alkek Eye Center and Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston, Texas, USA.

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