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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. …
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.