'Pushing an elephant through a keyhole' underlies the basics of phacoemulsification. It is with a great deal of skill and finesse that ophthalmic surgeons perform phacoemulsification for the benefit of their patients. This two volume text with two accompanying CD-ROMs offers the reader more than enough background knowledge to perform safe phaco surgery. The erudite and internationally experienced team of contributors under the editorial direction of the Agarwal family, who has practised ophthalmic surgery for three generations, provide the reader with the latest data and information on how to perform safely. Dr Agarwal's group continues to make advances by working toward even smaller incision surgery. This book is definitely on the 'cutting edge' of technological advance.