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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.