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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kent M. Daum, OD, MS, PhD (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: This book describes many procedures necessary for the examination of the eyes. This second edition includes substantial new material relevant to the use of therapeutic pharmaceuticals, screening for systemic conditions, and contact lenses.
Purpose: The book is technical, intended to describe how to perform the various tests necessary to examining the eyes and does not provide theory or extensive application. Given the vast array of examination techniques, an authoritative source provides an important framework. The authors succeed in meeting their objectives and step-by-step descriptions for a given technique are concise and easy to follow.
Audience: The book is written primarily for optometry students, although it would be a useful reference for new clinicians. The authors are well known and credible authorities in the area.
Features: About 100 of the most commonly completed vision examination tests are described in step-by-step fashion, and each procedure includes the purpose of the test, equipment needed, the set-up, a step-by-step procedure, and instructions for recording the test. The illustrations are generally well done. Although not extensive, references are appropriate for the text because references for these techniques often are not available. The book presents well and is sized to easily fit in a standard clinic jacket pocket.
Assessment: This good book is designed to meet its purpose. This edition has better illustrations, drawings, and organization than the first edition. It omits a few common procedures such as prism bar vergences and tests of fixation disparity, although substantial material regarding screening for systemic conditions and contact lens practice has been added. This book will be very useful to all optometry students. I recommend it to them and to any others wishing step-by-step instructions on procedures used to examine the eye.