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Optical Devices in Ophthalmology and Optometry: Technology, Design Principles, and Clinical Applications, Michael Kaschke, Karl-Heinz Donnerhacke, and Michael Stefan Rill

Rabin, Jeff C.

Optometry and Vision Science: May 2015 - Volume 92 - Issue 5 - p e114
doi: 10.1097/OPX.0000000000000589
Book Review

San Antonio, Texas

Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH; 2014

Weinheim, Germany: Wiley-VCH; 2014

Optical Devices in Ophthalmology and Optometry: Technology, Design Principles, and Clinical Applications successfully bridges a growing hiatus between the technical principles and clinical applications of optics, fostering understanding and collaboration between clinicians, scientists, and engineers. This unique, interdisciplinary text, based on lectures given by the authors during the last 10 years, is a rich compilation of optical principles underlying past, current, and evolving systems for clinical eye care. The text includes three parts, each with multiple chapters that are followed by questions to assess knowledge. Part One reviews ocular anatomy, optics, and eye disease, Part Two discusses ophthalmic diagnosis and imaging, and Part Three focuses on laser-based ocular therapeutics. The preface includes a useful table recommending specific chapters for engineers, vision scientists, and clinicians.

Part One includes three concise chapters on structure, function, and optics of the human eye; refractive conditions; and eye disease. Flawless color illustrations accompany lucid text providing an invaluable introduction or essential review for scientists and clinicians alike. The section on age-related macular degeneration provides diagrams of the pathophysiological stages of age-related macular degeneration followed by fundus photographs and optical coherence tomography images. Classical and recent schematic eye models as well as epidemiology and impact of eye disease are included.

Part Two details ophthalmic diagnosis and imaging in five cohesive chapters beginning with diagnostic challenges and past, present, and evolving solutions. Refractive error measurement spans retinoscopy to aberrometry in illustrative and succinct terms suitable for scientists and clinicians alike. Optics of surgical microscopes, keratometry, corneal topography, and direct, indirect, and scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, as well as fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, and autofluorescence are covered in unsurpassed detail. An engrossing historical and forward-looking chapter on optical coherence tomography spans basic science and clinical domains. Basic and advanced visual field testing and metabolic and blood flow mapping are included.

Part Three describes ongoing and emerging laser-based photo-chemical, thermal, and ablative methods for treatment and correction of refractive conditions and eye disease. The precision of plasma-induced ablation with femtosecond lasers and nanosecond techniques and laser safety are described. The text concludes with numerous invaluable appendices covering optics and laser principles.

Optical Devices in Ophthalmology and Optometry is a timely, highly readable, and beautifully illustrated text that fulfills the need to bridge technical and clinical optics. In whole or part, it is an invaluable reference or basic text for Optometry, Ophthalmology, and Vision Science.

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