Description:This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of lasik and surface ablation refractive surgery for beginning and intermediate refractive surgeons. The first of the book's two sections is a didactic comparative description of the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative management of the refractive surgical patient and the equipment available. The second section is a very comprehensive selection of various case studies, giving readers an opportunity to compare their proposed management with that of an expert in the field.
Purpose:The main objective is to familiarize beginning and intermediate refractive surgeons with the latest available technology and a solid practical approach to performing refractive surgery. The book is outlined in a methodical manner and will be a valuable addition to a practitioner's library.
Audience:It is intended for residents, fellows, and practicing ophthalmologists entering the field of refractive surgery. The authors are well respected and credible authorities in the field.
Features:This book covers, in a very methodical way, the approach to refractive surgery candidates. It starts with a preoperative history and psychosocial evaluation, detailed ophthalmic examination, and surgical plan. It elucidates many surgical pitfalls that the surgeon might encounter and how to avoid them. The book then goes through the surgical process in a very hands-on and practical way, which is reassuring, almost as if someone is standing with you when you are doing your first case. The second half of the book hasnumerous and a very comprehensive series of real time case presentations and how they would be handled by the experts. It is arranged in such a way that readers can prepare their approach, and then compare it to how the author actually managed the problems. The major shortcoming is that it has to compete with so many other books on the subject of refractive surgery, and in 250 pages it certainly cannot cover everything.
Assessment:Although the market is saturated with refractive surgery books, this one is unique in its writing style and simple yet comprehensive presentation, and it offers a quick and reliable resource for beginning and intermediate refractive surgeons on many common and sometimes stressful situations encountered in surgery. The book is well organized, written, illustrated, and referenced, and compares more than favorably with other books in the field.