The 8th Edition of Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology provides a comprehensive overview of the most common ocular diseases, including dry eye, glaucoma, uveitis, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataract, and vitreous opacities. The text also outlines the treatment of more complex entities, such as ocular tumors, acquired corneal dystrophies, blunt trauma, chemical burns, and binocular vision disorders. The author includes a review of the most frequently documented ocular side effects of systemic medications, which further enhances this text.
The author expertly describes the various complexities of ocular disease management in an efficient and straightforward manner. Each chapter includes lists of key clinical pearls, bulleted management strategies, and detailed clinical images that clearly illustrate pertinent anatomy and disease states.
I was also pleased to see that the treatment options discussed for the various conditions were current. By contrast, I have reviewed a number of other texts that included fairly dated treatment options that were either impractical by contemporary standards or simply were no longer considered standard of care. It is also worth noting that although this book does not offer a thorough, step-by-step approach to surgical intervention, it does provide the reader with an adequate overview of general ophthalmic surgery in areas where it is applicable.
The index is organized pragmatically and is easy to search. While I was in clinic one day, I used the index to locate a number of conditions and terms—no matter which pathology I referenced, the index consistently directed me to the correct section with ease.
The text would benefit from an expanded reference section. Not all subjects covered in the book included a list of citations to current peer-reviewed journal articles or clinical studies. There were several instances in which a specific source could have served as a valuable complement; however, the text provides sufficient information to aid the eye care provider in day-to-day clinical practice.
Overall, this is an excellent textbook that highlights numerous anatomical structures and disease states in a thorough, yet concise, clinically relevant and informative format.
Paul M. Karpecki