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Robotic surgery in ophthalmology: reality or fantasy?
  1. R Douglas
  1. Correspondence to: R Douglas Division of Orbital and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Rm 2-267, 100 Stein Plaza, Jules Stein Eye Insititute, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA; raymonddouglas{at}yahoo.com

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Advantages of robotic surgery

During the past 5 years, robotic surgery has gained increasing acceptance in mainstream clinical care owing to dramatic improvements in technology and ergonomics. Robotic surgery offers several advantages compared with other minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical techniques, including a three-dimensional view, superior instrument manoeuvrability, greater magnification and reduced tremor. Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery has been poorly implemented despite a clear improvement in morbidity compared with open surgical techniques. Despite similar cost barriers, robotic surgery offers several important advantages and opens a new frontier for minimally invasive surgery, but will it have a role in ophthalmology?

Robotic surgery as performed by the da Vinci robot allows the surgeon to remain seated when …

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