The third edition of Optical Coherence Tomography of Ocular Diseases may join the ranks of critical desk references for clinicians using optical coherence tomography (OCT) to diagnose and manage ocular disease. Its quick reference design allows for any user to efficiently find most diseases that could be examined using this rapidly maturing technology. The coverage of a broad range of diseases is invaluable for all clinicians, from rare user to frequent OCT user. The editors of this book are among the pioneers in ophthalmic OCT from instrument development to the delivery of clinical care.
Most of the book is divided into case subchapters that illustrate various diseases and disorders. This is the real strength of the book—as a desk reference with its quick reference to virtually any application in the eye. For example, the chapter dedicated to diabetes illustrates all the associated stages of retinopathy. Other major diseases of the eye are treated similarly, including macular degeneration and glaucoma. Lower-incidence diseases are grouped within chapters. Whereas the disease chapters are the strength for most clinicians, the book also provides introductory chapters to explain the basic science behind OCT. Significant detail is presented about potential system errors that are useful to the clinician when interpreting images.
The major criticism is the use of time-domain OCT images to give examples of various diseases and disorders of the eye for some images. This may be caused by the relatively brief time that spectral domain systems have been available along with the relatively rare incidence of some diseases, but it does reduce the image quality from that expected from spectral domain systems. However, this critique really applies mostly to low-incidence disorders like myelinated nerve fibers. That said, there really is no other current book that has more spectral domain OCT images; the book succinctly covers a broad range of ocular disease.
Christopher A. Clark