Essentials of OCT in Ocular Disease is a book edited by Drs. Agarwal and Kumar, and has contributions from clinicians and scientists from around the world. These authors take on the challenge of presenting the current uses of optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the eye from anterior to posterior segment. This 256-page book is available as a hardcopy (11.2 × 8.7 × 0.7″) or as an electronic book, with access to 10 online videos. It is divided into 5 distinct parts and has a total of 28 chapters. Each chapter is succinct, has high quality images, and nicely separates the concepts being discussed.
In contrast to the majority of OCT publications, this book places an emphasis on the use of OCT technology on the anterior segment rather than that of the posterior segment. This is not surprising as the editors have vast expertise in this area. For example, the chapters following the history and future of OCT technology discuss the use of anterior segment OCT in corneal edema for the screening of ectasia, LASIK flap management, and in the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care of patients undergoing keratoplasty. In addition, not only do the authors illustrate the use of OCT for guiding cataract and corneal surgery but they also demonstrate how the technology can be used to determine the correct positioning of an intraocular lens (IOL).
Although the book focuses largely on anterior segment OCT, the chapters on posterior segment imaging are also well written and nicely illustrated with helpful tips on differential diagnosis and patient management. The authors make excellent use of tables and images to distinguish different anatomical states of the posterior segment. If there is one thing I would have liked to see a little more of in this book, it would have been the use of OCT for the diagnosis and management of glaucoma and neuro-ophthalmic disease.
Overall, this text would be most useful for the clinician who is looking to expand the use of OCT technology in their clinical practice, especially in the area of anterior segment pathology.