Resident surgery-when the problem is the attending

December 1, 2006

I recall a case during residency when I was chopping quadrants of a dense cataract in a short eye with poor dilation and pseudoexfoliation. For medical reasons, the anesthesiologist kept the sedation light. That, combined with topical anesthesia, made this patient very awake and very able to move his eye all over the field.

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