October 2020


My worst complication

by Rosa Braga-Mele, MD Cataract Editor

Rosa Braga-Mele, MD Cataract Editor

In this issue of EyeWorld, we are lucky to have surgeons review and discuss their worst complications in cataract surgery. We have all been faced with cases where something does not go according to plan. As one of my mentors used to put in when I was a resident: “It’s not how you mess up, it’s how you clean up.” In fact, the only surgeons who do not have complications are those who don’t operate. So, we have all encountered one or more of these issues during our careers.
When faced with adversity or a case that is beginning to veer off the beaten path, we learn from some of the best. In this issue, we learn how to avoid or deal with a corneal wound burn during phaco; what to do in the face of a Descemet’s detachment; one of the worst case scenarios we can face as surgeons—how to deal with a suprachoroidal hemorrhage; and how to react to iris issues, such as prolapse and IFIS, to make the case go smoother for us as surgeons and to make the outcomes better for patients.
We can all learn from our own challenges, and it is a brave act to address them and help others learn how to avoid or overcome them with positive outcomes. I am grateful to the surgeons who have taught me to be a better surgeon by sharing their stories in this issue.

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