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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This clinical book provides a functional understanding of glaucoma for ophthalmic ancillary personnel.
Purpose: The author notes that glaucoma is the third leading cause of blindness in the world and, therefore, it is important to diagnose it quickly and treat it accurately. This book provides an understanding of this disease and its management for nonophthalmologists. This is a worthy goal, especially in light of the fact that few books are written for ancillary personnel.
Audience: All personnel working in the ophthalmic environment will benefit from this book. Optometrists, students, and residents also will find it of interest. It is not intended for practicing ophthalmologists. The author is a well-known authority on glaucoma.
Features: The four major sections in the book address what glaucoma is, how to classify it, how to diagnose it, and finally how to manage it. Each chapter begins with the question "Why should I read this chapter?" followed by a brief answer. This format improves comprehension of the chapter and encourages more thought. A great deal of time is devoted to the careful examination of the ocular structures involved with glaucoma and in particular evaluation of the optic nerve head. The color photographs of the optic nerve along with the corresponding visual field defects help readers visualize where the damage occurred. The section on imaging technology is current and contains useful information for interpreting test results. The sections on perimetry and corneal thickness also are current and informative. Because this book is geared for ancillary personnel, the sections on management are the weakest. A unique chapter on compliance is a worthwhile read.
Assessment: "This book is written in an easy-to-read format and provides readers with a comprehensive insight into the disease of glaucoma. There are few books on glaucoma written especially for ancillary personnel, making this one indispensable and highly recommended. The color photographs and various charts and tables enhance the presentation and promote comprehension. "