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From The CriticsReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This is the third edition of a comprehensive manual on prescribing and fitting contact lenses. A companion CD-ROM allows the user to visualize the contact lens fitting process. The last edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to provide cutting edge information on the latest contact lens fitting and clinical techniques using a multimedia approach. This is a very worthwhile approach and allows the user to observe first hand important dynamic fitting concepts.
Audience: This manual is written for optometrists and students. All of the contributors are well known and respected in the area of contact lenses, many with academic affiliations.
Features: This book contains current information on all clinical topics related to the fitting and management of contact lenses. Included are instructions for proper patient selection, fitting concepts of various contact lenses, and helpful problem solving information. Five new chapters in this edition cover new contact lens technologies and concepts. The CD-ROM has been expanded and includes a worthwhile exercise where the viewer can go through the fitting process and see the effect of different lenses on the same eye.
Assessment: What sets this book apart is the interactive CD-ROM. It will never replace actually fitting contact lenses, but the student can visualize the dynamic fitting process in a variety of real-life situations. After going though the different activities of the CD-ROM, the student will be more confident in the clinical setting. Even without the CD-ROM, new additions to this third edition make it a must have book for anyone learning how to fit contact lenses. I only wish this was available when I was a student!