Article Text


Left handed non-dominant hand phacoemulsification
  1. T R G Poole
  1. Moorfields Eye Hospital, City Road, London EC1V 2PD, UK; trgp{at}

    Statistics from

    This interesting paper1 seems to lack one essential attribute—common sense. To operate “from the top” with the non-dominant hand in the temporal position surely does not equate to a comfortable operating position for the surgeon. A better and much simpler solution, to avoid moving equipment around between cases, is to book only right eyes on one operating list, and left eyes on another.

    We have to be careful not to trivialise an operation that is becoming faster and faster to perform as ultrasound and lens technology improves. Perhaps non-dominant handed surgeons could be replaced by dominant-handed technicians. I know which hand I would rather my surgeon use.


    View Abstract

    Request Permissions

    If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.