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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This is a comprehensive guide for the practitioner in fitting all types of contact lenses. The previous edition was published in 1990.
Purpose: It is intended to provide the busy practitioner a concise, instructional guide to fitting and managing all types of contact lenses. Because contact lens technology has changed so drastically in the past several years, this book is timely and worthwhile. The authors have done a great job of incorporating new technology with the established material in this book.
Audience: According to the authors, this book is written for both the student and practitioner. It is a great book for all practitioners, but it is specifically geared towards the student or resident who is learning this information for the first time. The authors are all credible authorities in the area of contact lens management, most having academic affiliations.
Features: The book begins with the background information necessary for fitting patients with contact lenses. Next it describes in depth all types of contact lenses and outlines instructions in the fitting of each type. Managing complications is also adequately covered. Photos and illustrations are valuable for the reader to visualize fitting relationships. Overall the book did an adequate job in this regard, but more photos showing hard lens fitting patterns would have been helpful. In addition, the section on orthokeratology could have been expanded. Lastly, this book includes a section on the business aspects involved in managing a contact lens practice.
Assessment: This is an excellent teaching aid for all students and residents who desire to learn the art of contact lens fitting. It can't replace clinical experience, but it does provide a solid foundation for learning. Because the technology involved in this area changes so rapidly, this new edition was badly overdue. This book compares favorably overall with other books in the area mainly because it is current. However, there are other books with better photos and diagrams.