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Kelman's technique

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More commonly called the Kelman technique. The phacoemulsification technique of cataract removal.

"Charles D. Kelman revolutionized cataract surgery. With the practicable clinical- introduction of his phacoemulsification technique in approximately 1980, modern cataract surgery was born. Dr. Charles D. Kelman - a supreme clinical ophthalmic surgeon - and "the Kelman technique" are essentials in any account of the history of medicine and especially ophthalmology."
William Charles Caccamise Sr MD


  • Phaco-emulsification and aspiration—A new technique for cataract removal: A preliminary report. American Journal of Ophthalmology, 1967, 64: 23-35.
  • Phaco-emulsification and aspiration. A progress report.
    American Journal of Ophthalmology, April 1969, 67 (4): 464-477.
  • Phaco-emulsification and aspiration. A report of 500 consecutive cases.
    American Journal of Ophthalmology, May 1973, 75 (5): 764-768.
  • The genesis of phacoemulsification.
    Cataract & Refractive Surgery Today, March 2004, 4 (3): 57-59.

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