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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive overview of contact lens topics ranging from basic optics and fitting philosophies to the practice management aspects of operating a contact lens practice. The contents are presented in an organized and simplified format, which makes this text easy to read.
Purpose: This book is aimed at helping the reader understand how to select and fit contact lenses from a general or broad standpoint. The authors do a good job of achieving their objectives of providing basic, practical and pertinent knowledge necessary for students to learn proper patient care.
Audience: The book is targeted at the student or resident beginning to learn about contact lenses.
Features: Most major concepts presented in this book are well supported by helpful diagrams. Important definitions and topics are highlighted throughout the text for easy access and understanding. However, the black-and-white photos of corneal complications are difficult to appreciate. The book does contain several helpful color photographs of fluorescein patterns that are essential for successful RGP fitting. More would have been greatly appreciated, however, and greatly facilitated the learning process. The references are current but very narrow in scope.
Assessment: As the title suggests, this book contains the fundamentals and clinical uses of contact lenses. Because of the diversity of topics covered, students interested in learning the basics of contact lenses will find it extremely resourceful. However, practitioners who are more experienced with contact lenses will find this text too general to be of value.