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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Prithvi S. Sankar, MD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Description: This book describes the principles and management of the medical treatment of glaucoma, detailing each class of glaucoma drugs, their mechanisms, side effects, and limitations.
Purpose: The purpose, to provide information about glaucoma medical therapy for practicing ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists in training, is a worthy one, since glaucoma is still managed principally through medical therapy. Fortunately, the book delivers accurate and complete information about medications used to treat glaucoma.
Audience: By including numerous scientific references and by having various leaders in glaucoma author each section, the book provides ample information to educate practicing ophthalmologists and ophthalmologists in training.
Features: The main focus of the book is on the classes of glaucoma medications, but it also covers ocular pharmacology, combination medications, systemic drugs and intraocular pressure, along with special areas such as medications during pregnancy and in pediatrics. The authors do not limit themselves to drugs approved for use in the United States; they also cover medications available worldwide. Although the book does not break any new ground, it does provide a complete and thorough description of the current thinking on the medical management of glaucoma.
Assessment: The medical management of glaucoma is continually changing. The advent of newer medications over the last few years has made the treatment of glaucoma more efficacious and better tolerated, resulting in fewer side effects. Because of the changing landscape of glaucoma therapy, this book is valuable as a complete reference to help ophthalmologists and those in training keep up with this rapidly changing field.