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OSM560-April_DIGITAL_Layout 1 4/5/13 2:30 PM Page 85 I n the skilled hands of experienced physicians, cataract removal is often a short and efficient process. But even simple cases can become unexpectedly complex during or after the surgery, slowing progress and imperiling outcomes. How can such complications as capsular rupture, IOL mishaps and endophthalmitis be prevented? We asked 3 experts for solutions. Foundations for success For starters, they say, chances are a highly efficient surgeon will be less likely to encounter cataract complications, and more able to handle those that happen. This kind of efficiency and ability, of course, takes both planning and practice. So be prepared with the necessary equipment and supplies. "The best way to avoid complications is like the best way to avoid rain," says Sandra Yeh, MD, president and chief executive officer of the Prairie Surgery Center in Springfield, Ill. "Bring an umbrella! You may not be able to prevent the rain, but if and when it happens, you can minimize the occurrence. The key is to be prepared with what you need." Then put those supplies into skilled hands. "There's no substitute for skill, which comes with repetition and experience," says Les Cunningham, MD, a senior partner at Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun and co-founder of the Eye Surgery Center of East Tennessee in Knoxville. "Do as many cases as possible. The surest way to prevent cataract complications is to be the best surgeon you can be." A P R I L 2 013 | O U T PAT I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E | 8 3

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