Slit Lamp Primer / Edition 2

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Overview

Janice Ledford and Valerie Sanders expalin more than just the fundamentals of the slit lamp. Written in a conversational style with supplemental photographs and diagrams, The Slit Lamp Primer delves into issues concerning the normal, postoperative, and problematic eye. Features of the patient histoey, including medications, aare examined in light of the possible slit lamp findings. Detailed notes for proper documentation are included, along with tables, to give guidelines for subjective grading of the findings.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This second edition book is part of a series geared towards providing a wide range of fundamental education in eye care. It instructs the eye care professional on how to properly use the slit lamp. The first edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The slit lamp is an instrument used to examine the eye under high magnifications for various tests and health assessments. This book provides ophthalmic technicians the necessary knowledge for everyday use of the slit lamp and to prepare for board examinations. This primer fills an important need because there are few books currently available on this subject. The authors have done a commendable job of providing education on the many uses and techniques available with the slit lamp.
Audience: The book is written at an appropriate level for all ophthalmic technicians and students. The authors have a great deal of experience in the eye care field and between them, have authored many books.
Features: As with the first edition, this book discusses all the components necessary to use the slit lamp from the proper illumination and magnification settings to interpreting findings. Helpful study icons are placed in sections that are pertinent to the interests of specific eye care personnel. Each chapter begins with key points that summarize the information that will be presented. New to the second edition are chapters related to refractive surgery and examination of patients with ocular side effects from systemic medications. The photographs are still black and white, but are better quality and the book includes an atlas of the normal eye with photos of various commonly encountered pathologies. Color photos would be much appreciated, but those used are very helpful in showing the various settings.
Assessment: "This second edition is a big improvement over the first in both content and presentation of the techniques. It is an excellent learning guide for ancillary personnel involved in providing cursory slit lamp examinations and for preparing for board examinations. It does not replace actual experience using the slit lamp but will facilitate the learning process for both beginning students and seasoned veterans. "
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This second edition book is part of a series geared towards providing a wide range of fundamental education in eye care. It instructs the eye care professional on how to properly use the slit lamp. The first edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The slit lamp is an instrument used to examine the eye under high magnifications for various tests and health assessments. This book provides ophthalmic technicians the necessary knowledge for everyday use of the slit lamp and to prepare for board examinations. This primer fills an important need because there are few books currently available on this subject. The authors have done a commendable job of providing education on the many uses and techniques available with the slit lamp.
Audience: The book is written at an appropriate level for all ophthalmic technicians and students. The authors have a great deal of experience in the eye care field and between them, have authored many books.
Features: As with the first edition, this book discusses all the components necessary to use the slit lamp from the proper illumination and magnification settings to interpreting findings. Helpful study icons are placed in sections that are pertinent to the interests of specific eye care personnel. Each chapter begins with key points that summarize the information that will be presented. New to the second edition are chapters related to refractive surgery and examination of patients with ocular side effects from systemic medications. The photographs are still black and white, but are better quality and the book includes an atlas of the normal eye with photos of various commonly encountered pathologies. Color photos would be much appreciated, but those used are very helpful in showing the various settings.
Assessment: "This second edition is a big improvement over the first in both content and presentation of the techniques. It is an excellent learning guide for ancillary personnel involved in providing cursory slit lamp examinations and for preparing for board examinations. It does not replace actual experience using the slit lamp but will facilitate the learning process for both beginning students and seasoned veterans. "
From The Critics
Reviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This second edition book is part of a series geared towards providing a wide range of fundamental education in eye care. It instructs the eye care professional on how to properly use the slit lamp. The first edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The slit lamp is an instrument used to examine the eye under high magnifications for various tests and health assessments. This book provides ophthalmic technicians the necessary knowledge for everyday use of the slit lamp and to prepare for board examinations. This primer fills an important need because there are few books currently available on this subject. The authors have done a commendable job of providing education on the many uses and techniques available with the slit lamp.
Audience: The book is written at an appropriate level for all ophthalmic technicians and students. The authors have a great deal of experience in the eye care field and between them, have authored many books.
Features: As with the first edition, this book discusses all the components necessary to use the slit lamp from the proper illumination and magnification settings to interpreting findings. Helpful study icons are placed in sections that are pertinent to the interests of specific eye care personnel. Each chapter begins with key points that summarize the information that will be presented. New to the second edition are chapters related to refractive surgery and examination of patients with ocular side effects from systemic medications. The photographs are still black and white, but are better quality and the book includes an atlas of the normal eye with photos of various commonly encountered pathologies. Color photos would be much appreciated, but those used are very helpful in showing the various settings.
Assessment: "This second edition is a big improvement over the first in both content and presentation of the techniques. It is an excellent learning guide for ancillary personnel involved in providing cursory slit lamp examinations and for preparing for board examinations. It does not replace actual experience using the slit lamp but will facilitate the learning process for both beginning students and seasoned veterans. "
Booknews
Intended for optometric and ophthalmic paraprofessionals, this introduction to the slit lamp microscope and examination offers a magnified tour of the normal eye, illumination techniques, slit lamp findings, the problematic examination, the postoperative eye, examining patient history, and contact lens evaluations for non-fitters. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556427473
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: The Basic Bookshelf for Eyecare Professionals
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 497,109
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Those engaged in the happy profession of ophthalmic medical assisting are beginning to know Jan Ledford, COMT, as a premier writer of training material and texts. The Slit Lamp Primer, Second Edition is her fourteenth book for ophthalmic medical personnel (OMP), but she is probably best known for her first two review books: Certified Ophthalmic Assistant Exam Review Manual and Certified Ophthalmic Technician Exam Review Manual. She is also the co-author of The Crystal Clear Guide to Sight For Life, a lay-oriented book on all things ocular for people over 40. In 1995, Jan was selected as the Series Editor of The Basic Bookshelf for Eyecare Professionals. She admits that she has a soft spot in her heart for OMP who are working their way through the ranks. “When I started in the field back in 1982, there was basically one published text for ophthalmic assistants,” she notes. “In The Basic Bookshelf, we have been able to go way beyond anything that’s been done before. The Series is full of grass-roots stuff; things you can use in the exam room and on certification exams. I wish this material had been available when I first started.” Jan makes her home in Franklin, NC with her husband Jim (a Physician’s Assistant, PhD, and medical examiner) and son Collin. They have four cats, which she insists on at least mentioning since pictures are not allowed. Val Sanders started her career in ophthalmology in 1979 as a tech (given 2 weeks’ “training”) for three doctors in Seattle, Wash. She read everything she could find in order to perfect her technical skills. The doctors she worked with believed that her advancement would benefit the practice, so they answered her innumerable questions and encouraged her to take continuing education programs, when available. In 1982, she took and passed the certification exam for ophthalmic technician. Two years later, she relocated to Georgia and joined a solo practice. She was soon promoted to clinical supervisor and played a part in the training of dozens of ophthalmic medical personnel as the practice grew. In 1992, Val completed the certification as a retinal angiographer. Today, Val works as an administrator for a busy ophthalmology practice but still ventures into the lanes to stay in touch with the medical side of things. She assists in preparing presentations for staff, patients, and the ophthalmic community. In her off time, she can be found at home with the kids or working on the house.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Dedications
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
The Study Icons

Chapter 1. The Slit Lamp
Chapter 2. The Basic Slit Lamp Exam
Chapter 3. A Magnified Tour of the Normal Eye
Chapter 4. Illumination Techniques
Chapter 5. Slit Lamp Findings
Chapter 6. The Problematic Examination
Chapter 7. The Postoperative Eye
Chapter 8. History Mystery
Chapter 9. Contact Lens Evaluation for Nonfitters

References
Index

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