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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: C. Denise Pensyl, OD, MS (University of Alabama at Birmingham)
Description: This book is part of a series designed to provide optometrists with a guide to clinical procedures. This issue concentrates on techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of eyelid and nasolacrimal system disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as an instructional text on procedures and treatment for dry eye, epiphora, eyelash disorders and benign, infectious, and inflammatory lid lesions. This is important and timely material as the role of optometrists in ocular disease management continues to expand.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians and is most suitable for those already somewhat familiar with basic surgical and injection techniques. An abbreviated review of structure anatomy and pathology is provided, diagnostic techniques are discussed, treatment options are detailed, and appropriate billing procedures are presented.
Features: Diagrams throughout the book are helpful in illustrating techniques. A limited number of color plates demonstrate the presentation of several discussed anomalies. A nice addition to the dry eye chapter would be the current NEI classification of this condition. Several references could also be updated so current editions of texts are cited.
Assessment: This book provides basic instruction for a variety of lid and nasolacrimal system diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that are becoming more common in optometric practices. The author makes an excellent suggestion to use the book in conjunction with observation of an experienced clinician before performing some techniques solo. Familiarity with basic surgical equipment, including disinfection methods, and injection techniques also will increase the usefulness of the material to clinicians.