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Analgesic effect of supplemental intracameral lidocaine during phacoemulsification under topical anaesthesia: a randomised controlled trial
  1. Colin S H Tan1,2,
  2. Han-Bor Fam1,2,
  3. Wee-Jin Heng1,2,
  4. Hung-Ming Lee1,2,
  5. Seang-Mei Saw3,
  6. Kah-Guan Au Eong4
  1. 1Department of Ophthalmology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  2. 2National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Singapore
  3. 3Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  4. 4Singapore International Eye Cataract Retina Center, Singapore
  1. Correspondence to Dr Colin S H Tan, Department of Opthalmology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, Singapore 308433, Singapore; colintan_eye{at}

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The use of topical anaesthesia during routine phacoemulsification is becoming increasingly common. In a series of annual surveys of members of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery,1–3 the proportion of respondents who used topical anaesthesia during cataract surgery increased from 8% in 19951 to 61% in 2003.3 In the latter survey, 73% of respondents who used topical anaesthesia supplemented its effect with intracameral lidocaine. …

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  • This paper was presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, 10–14 November 2006, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

  • Funding This study was funded by a Tan Tock Seng Hospital small project research grant.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was conducted with the approval of the National Healthcare Group, Singapore.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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