Visual Perception: A Clinical Orientation, Fourth Edition / Edition 4

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The text that bridges the gap between basic visual science and clinical application – now in full color

Includes 3 complete practice exams!

A Doody's Core Title for 2011!

This comprehensive text on visual science is unique in that it highlights the fundamental aspects of monocular visual perception that are necessary to successful clinical practice. Recognized for its engaging, enjoyable style and ability to explain difficult topics in simple, easy-to-understand terms, Visual Perception goes well beyond the basics, including information from anatomy to perception.

Covering a broad range of clinically-relevant topics, including color vision and its defects, spatial vision, temporal aspects of vision, psychophysics, physiology, and development and aging, the Fourth Edition of Visual Perception has been updated to include full-color figures and many new clinical images. Each chapter has been revised to keep up with the latest advances in the basic sciences, and throughout the text the linkage between basic psychophysics and clinical practice has been strengthened.


  • New full-color presentation with 250 illustrations, including color vision tests and fundus photographs
  • 3 practice exams (more than 200 multiple-choice questions)
  • Self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter
  • Current references from leaders in each subfield

Enjoyable to Read AND Comprehensive!

Experimental Approaches,

Introductory Concepts,

The Duplex Retina,


Color Vision,

Anomalies of Color Vision,

Spatial Vision,

Temporal Aspects of Vision,

Motion Perception,

Depth Perception,

Psychophysical Methodology,

Functional Retinal Physiology,

Parallel Processing,

Striate Cortex,

Information Streams and Extrastriate Processing,

Gross Electrical Potentials,

Development and Maturation of Vision,

Practice Exams,

Answers to Self-Assessment Questions,

Answers to Practice Exams,


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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Brian Marshall, O.D.(Marshall Family Eye Care)
Description: This is the fourth edition of the classic book on the science of vision that describes the complex processes involved in how we visualize the world around us. The third edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive account of the major elements of the human visual system by combining basic vision science and clinical applications.
Audience: Although written for optometry students, the book is full of insights for psychology students and even eyecare practitioners. The author is well known and an expert in the field of visual perception.
Features: After a brief primer on ocular anatomy and physiology, the main focus of this book is on the science of vision. Chapters cover the theories and concepts of color vision, spatial and temporal vision aspects, and subsequent clinical ramifications. Variations in light perception both over space and motion are described in great detail. Throughout the book, "Clinical Highlights" tie together vision science concepts with clinical situations that the eyecare professional will encounter. This edition has been thoroughly updated to include new research and advances in the understanding of vision science and, for the first time, all the figures are in color. As in the previous edition, each chapter concludes with a summary followed by a self-assessment question and answer section.
Assessment: There are many books on visual perception, so why is this one the most popular and a permanent fixture in the education of all optometry students? It is simple. This book explains very difficult concepts in an easy to understand manner and it is painstakingly updated to include all of the most recent advances and research. It does a superb job of incorporating basic science with clinical applications. Without exception, all optometry students and practicing eyecare professionals should read this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071604611
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/20/2009
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 369,283
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven H. Schwartz, OD, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Vision Sciences at State University of New York, State College of Optometry, where he is also Director of Institutional Research and Planning. He previously served as Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs.

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Table of Contents

Visual Perception: A Clinical Orientation

1. Experimental Approaches

2. Introductory Concepts

3. The Duplex Retina

4. Photometry

5. Color Vision

6. Anomalies of Color Vision

7. Spatial Vision

8. Temporal Aspects of Vision

9. Motion Perception

10. Depth Perception

11. Psychophysical Methodology

12. Functional Retinal Physiology

13. Parallel Processing

14. Striate Cortex

15. Information Streams and Extrastriate Processing

16. Gross Electrical Potentials

17. Development and Maturation of Vision

Answers to Self-Assessment Questions

Practice Exams 1, 2, 3

Answers to Practice Exams


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