II. Topical/Intracameral Anesthesia for Cataract Surgery
Topical anesthesia is safe and effective. The addition of intracameral lidocaine further enhances its analgesic effect. Patients report a high level of satisfaction with the degree of pain control, rapid return of visual function, and avoidance of retrobulbar needles. In certain patient populations, the use of topical anesthesia is clearly advantageous, avoiding the inherent risks of orbital regional anesthesia. In more complicated cases, topical anesthesia was demonstrated to be equal to retrobulbar anesthesia in safety and efficacy. Therefore, surgeons have embraced its use in cataract surgery with a nearly 8-fold increase over the past 4 years. Not only is topical anesthesia highly effective, it also permits cataract surgery to be performed in a more time-efficient and cost-effective manner. Its development and acceptance represents a significant advancement in modern-day cataract surgery.
Hasan, SA; Edelhauser, HF; Kim, T
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