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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Deepak P. Edward, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This monograph describes in detail the use of the Humphrey field analyzer in a variety of clinical settings. It combines theoretical facts with practical clinical pearls, providing the practicing ophthalmologist with an excellent resource of useful information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with details on organizing the Humphrey perimetry system and guidance on interpreting the vast data that the instrument printouts provide.
Audience: It targets most ophthalmologists wanting to update their knowledge in the area of visual field testing, and also residents and fellows in ophthalmology.
Features: A wide spectrum of visual field printouts and their interpretation from many visual disorders are presented. The size of the illustrations could have been larger. The book contains a reasonable number of references. The concept of statistical analysis of visual fields is particularly well discussed. It includes the more recent developments in static perimetry and discusses the latest innovations that will be made available in the future. The appendixes of visual fields by findings and diagnosis are useful as quick reference guides.
Assessment: In general, this book is a useful step-by-step manual on the usage of the Humphrey field analyzer and the interpretation of the data obtained during visual field testing. It is easy to read and contains many practical tips that are hard to find in previously published manuals on this subject. It will be a valuable resource for the practicing ophthalmologist as well as for residents and fellows in ophthalmology.