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Anesthesia in ophthalmic surgery.


Ophthalmic surgical patients can be routinely anesthetized without complications if the surgeon has a thorough understanding of the effects of anesthetic agents on ocular physiology. The regulation of intraocular pressure is important for successful ophthalmic surgery and can be greatly affected by the anesthetic procedure. Agents utilized to intentionally decrease intraocular pressure are often employed for intraocular procedures. These agents have profound systemic effects that must be anticipated. Adverse drug interactions between sympathomimetic mydriatics and halogenated inhalation anesthetics also must be considered.

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