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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This is the second edition of a comprehensive guide to the fabrication and finishing process of ophthalmic lenses. The first was published in 1983.
Purpose: Because most Americans wear either corrective or cosmetic lenses, this is an important and necessary contribution to the field. The book provides a fresh and updated approach to finishing lab techniques. Everything from the most basic techniques to the most complicated aspects are described in great detail in easy to understand language.
Audience: This book will be a valuable tool for the optometry student, apprentice, and licensed optician. In addition, it is a handy reference for the practicing clinician as well. The author has surpassed his objectives and is a well-known authority on ophthalmic lens finishing.
Features: This book begins with an overview of the lens finishing process. Next, it focuses on the most important and most utilized areas including ordering, blocking, edging, verification, and final inspection of ophthalmic lenses. Question and answer sections at the end of every chapter test the reader's comprehension of the important concepts. The author provides instruction on the newest techniques using the latest lab equipment for the most up-to-date frame styles.
Assessment: The technology in the area of ophthalmic lenses has changed in the last several years making this new edition a valuable and necessary contribution. It provides the reader with the information to competently work in this area. It is a must have book for anyone studying or working with ophthalmic lenses today.