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Cover Focus | Mar 2015

Overcome the Challenges

I am happy to introduce the following group of eight articles dedicated to performing cataract surgery in diseased eyes. A plethora of comorbid conditions can make cataract surgery more challenging, and it is our goal in these articles to explore several conditions and provide readers with insightful pearls in the management of patients with coexisting ocular pathologies.

In the changing scenario of heightened patient expectations, no effort should be spared to optimize surgical outcomes. The topics covered in this issue include cataract surgery in eyes with pterygium, uveitis, angle-closure glaucoma, shallow anterior chamber, and posttrabeculectomy filtering blebs and those previously vitrectomized or treated for retinoblastoma. There is also an article on IOL selection for patients with age-related macular degeneration, which I cowrote, and it overviews several new IOLs that are currently creating buzz.

The articles in this cover focus have been written by colleagues who are masters in their chosen topics and who have participated in various courses I have conducted on cataract surgery in diseased eyes at wide-ranging fora. The authors have taken great effort to include all technological advances, so that each article is current, concise, credible, and clinically relevant. Many of the articles have been paired with corresponding surgical videos that can be viewed on Eyetube. It is hoped that the articles benefit aspiring residents as well as established practitioners.

This issue will be followed by the introduction of a Surgery in Diseased Eyes column, which will cover many more of the common challenging comorbid situations that cataract surgeons face today.

– Arup Chakrabarti, MS
Guest Medical Editor