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From The CriticsReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This is the second edition of an introduction to the field of ophthalmology. The first edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: This is as an easy-to-read introduction to eye care for the nonphysician. It would make an ideal guide for nontechnical office personnel in an eye care practice or for any nonmedical professional desiring to learn more about the eye and eye care.
Audience: Anyone interested in learning more about the eye, refractive conditions, or the equipment used to diagnose and manage refractive conditions will benefit from this short book. In particular, eye care receptionists and pharmaceutical or frame sales people will find it most useful. It is far too basic for technicians or those who work directly with patients on a day-to-day basis.
Features: Written in layman's terminology, this book is remarkably comprehensive for being so small and compact. It begins with basic anatomy and an introduction to how the eye works both medically and optically. Most of the book is dedicated to describing the various conditions that can affect the eye, from diseases and infections to hereditary and systemic applications. Various diagrams and tables help readers to visualize and quickly understand the concepts. The photos are appropriate, but in black and white, which occasionally makes it difficult to completely visualize some conditions of the eye. New to the second edition is a helpful section on glasses and contact lenses.
Assessment: This book is a joy to read. The author makes learning about the eye fun with humor and a relaxed approach to learning. The book is easy to carry and would be great for office personnel or for those in related fields needing a working knowledge of the eye and eye care.