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Ophthalmic topical anaesthesia 

Ophthalmic topical anaesthesia
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Ophthalmic topical anaesthesia
Author(s):

Howard Palte

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199591398.003.0052
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date: 04 June 2020

Introduction 124

Timeline 124

Mechanism of action 125

Indications 126

Relative contraindications 126

Topical anaesthesia techniques 128

Advantages 131

Disadvantages 132

Conclusion 134

Further reading 134

The growing appeal of topical anaesthesia in cataract surgery is due in part to its distinct advantages of simplicity, minimal pain on administration, absence of significant systemic complications and a rapid postoperative recovery. Alternative techniques aim to circumvent the potential for topical-induced corneal epithelial toxicity....

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