Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jon P. Gieser, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This new book is primarily a textbook of surgical management of commonly encountered vitreoretinal problems. Both laser and operating room techniques are described.
Purpose: This book is intended to assist ophthalmologists who care for vitreoretinal conditions by providing "a practical primer to approach the most common vitreoretinal diseases and procedures." Within its self-imposed limitations, the book succeeds in arming its readers with valuable techniques.
Audience: The book is ostensibly targeted at ophthalmologists who do not specialize in vitreoretinal diseases, but retina fellows and those early in their careers will benefit the most from this book.
Features: Chapters address different procedures such as scleral buckling, vitrectomy, laser photocoagulation of the retina, drainage of serous choroidal detachment, and pneumatic retinopexy. Various complications of each procedure are adequately discussed. Management of ruptured globes, vitreous loss at cataract surgery, and hyphemas are also covered. Throughout the book, authors give many useful and practical tips that undoubtedly have been gleaned from years of experience. This book is attractive and stylish and has numerous black-and-white illustrations and color photos that add considerably to the text. The references are helpful and pertinent.
Assessment: This book will be a valuable asset to any ophthalmologist involved with surgical treatment of vitreoretinal diseases, but reading this text is no substitute for a well-rounded retina/vitreous fellowship. The book is probably best suited for a beginning surgeon, but it does contain information for all levels of experience.