In 2010, Dr. Lawrence A. Yannuzzi published The Retinal Atlas, the magnum opus pictorial review of retinal disease. Multiple copies populate every library serving ophthalmology and optometry alike, and The Retinal Atlas remains the go-to source for clinical diagnosis of retinal disease. Dr. Yannuzzi’s name is synonymous with his standard-of-care masterwork, which undoubtedly led to accurate diagnosis, management, and treatment of inestimable cases of vision-threatening disease.
In 2017, Drs. Freund, Sarraf, and Mieler, their mentor Dr. Yannuzzi, and numerous additional contributors published the second edition of The Retinal Atlas in response to proliferative advances in medical and surgical treatment of retinal disease coupled with substantive improvements in diagnostic imaging. The revised text successfully achieves its goal of providing a timely, consummate atlas of retinal disease, which, like the first edition, will ensure precise diagnoses, timely treatment, and retention of vision.
The second edition astutely includes Dr. Yannuzzi’s preface to the first edition, which provides an invaluable historical and contemporary review of imaging techniques. A one-page color-coded guide on How to Use This Book was added depicting the myriad of imaging techniques used throughout the text. In addition to retinal histology, normal and red-free photography, fundus auto-fluorescence, and fluorescein angiography and indocyanine green angiography, the second edition has widely expanded use of spectral domain optical coherence tomography and adds optical coherence tomography angiography, near infrared reflectance, multicolored imaging, and ultra-wide-field imaging of photography, fluorescein angiography, fundus auto-fluorescence, and indocyanine green angiography.
Like its predecessor, the second edition includes 15 chapters covering a plethora of conditions spanning congenital, hereditary, vascular, infectious, and degenerative disease. Many of the chapters now begin with topics divided into subdivisions based on structure and function, such as the widely expanded chapter 15 on congenital and developmental optic nerve anomalies. A more comprehensive section on retinitis pigmentosa includes macular effects, whereas superb fundus auto-fluorescence and multifocal electroretinography highlight the timely section on Plaquenil toxicity. Numerical grading scales were added for retinoblastoma, and sections on vitreous and macular degeneration are vastly expanded with remarkable optical coherence tomography, imagery. Multiple additions of optical coherence tomography, fundus auto-fluorescence, and ultra-wide-field imagery elevate The Retinal Atlas to unparalleled status. Cancer and melanoma-associated retinopathy apparently were not included, a minor suggestion for the next edition.
The Retinal Atlas, second edition, is the principal source for accurate diagnosis of retinal disease. No other text combines histology, photography, and advanced imaging in such an illustrative manner with concise explanations. It is an essential text for eye care professionals ensuring timely diagnosis of retinal disease. Purchase of the text includes a readily accessible eBook version for computer, tablet, or smartphone, making Dr. Yannuzzi’s work of genius directly available in clinic.
Jeff C. Rabin, OD, PhD, FAAO
San Antonio, TX