Color Atlas of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, 2nd ed. Tyers AG, Collin, JRO. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 360 pages.
Color Atlas of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery by Tyers and Collin provides an extensive collection of photographic surgical series of oculoplastic procedures. This is an update from the first edition published initially in 1995. Procedures such as transconjunctival lower blepharoplasty, gold weight implantation of the upper lid, and fascia lata lower lid sling have been included. Newer techniques such as in the approach to upper lid retraction and the use of hard palate grafts were also added.
The first chapter is a review of orbital and eyelid anatomy. Chapters on basic oculoplastic techniques, preoperative evaluation, anesthesia, and instruments follow. The majority of the book consists of surgical photographs of the various oculoplastic procedures. Most of the major topics of traditional oculoplastics are included such as entropion, ectropion, eyelash disorders, ptosis, blepharoplasty, eyelid retraction, enucleation, and eyelid reconstruction. However, there is a distinct focus on eyelid as opposed to orbital surgery (with the exception of evisceration, enucleation, exenteration, and anophthalmic socket repair). In each chapter, there is a definition of the disorder, classification, and choice of operation. The choice of operation is well thought out and provides a logical approach in selecting from numerous oculoplastic procedures available for each eyelid disorder. Each procedure section contains two to 16 clinical photographs along with illustrations of the involved surgical anatomy and related text. The photographs are excellent in quality (no bleeding seems to have occurred in any of these procedures) and attest to the surgical skill of the authors. The photographs illustrate pertinent preoperative findings, key elements of the surgery, and immediate and late postoperative results. The illustrations are skillfully drawn and pertinent anatomic structures are labeled to enhance the clinical photographs. The accompanying text is extremely helpful and includes advice, instructions, and a discussion of complications and their management. The authors also list alternative procedures and suggested reading at the end of each chapter.
As the authors state in the preface, this atlas should not replace standard oculoplastic textbooks. This book will accompany any textbook extremely well. Although the book does not include new procedures such as laser resurfacing, endoscopic browlift, and midface (SOOF) lift, which are now performed by many oculoplastic surgeons, it includes almost the entire gamut of traditional oculoplastic surgery and is very comprehensive. Furthermore, the authors have concentrated their efforts on procedures with which they are familiar. I highly recommend this outstanding text to anyone performing oculoplastic surgery.