- Series: A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (April 3, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 080185847X
- ISBN-13: 978-0801858475
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Eye Book: A Complete Guide to Eye Disorders and Health (A Johns Hopkins Press Health Book) 1st Edition
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Fear of reduced vision and blindness regularly tops surveys of consumers' concerns about their health. Therefore, comprehensive, current information on this small but vital area of the human body is a high priority for libraries answering consumer health queries. The authors are associated with the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, consistently rated one of the top ophthalmology departments in the United States. Their guide covers routine eye care and the more common eye diseases, providing up-to-date facts on refractive surgery, treatment for optical neuritis, and possible nutritional therapies for cataracts and macular degeneration. Information on systemic and general health conditions affecting the eye is provided, as is a good introduction to the problem of "low vision," vision that cannot be corrected by spectacles, contact lenses, or introcular lens implants. The coverage of the newest refractive surgical techniques, clinical trials, and medications makes this an important acquisition for libraries with similar titles; highly recommended for public, school, and hospital libraries.?Pamela C. Sieving, W.K. Kellogg Eye Ctr., Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
In a thorough, lucid, usefully illustrated text, Cassel and colleagues cover eye basics, the prevention of eye problems, the warning signals of those problems, and diagnosis and treatment of them, and they advise how to proceed sensibly. Cross-references in the text enable readers to pursue a topic and find out all they need to know without having to go down confusing byways. The overview given of eye anatomy is not encumbered for lay readers with unnecessary details, and discussions of weighty topics are lightened by touches of humor (the chapter on eyeglasses, in particular, instances both these practices); also, many myths are disproven. Characterizing cataracts as the most misunderstood disorder of the eye, the authors stress the need for a second opinion before proceeding with surgery. They also discuss the eye as an index of general health. Packed with understandable information, the book deserves to be in most public libraries. William Beatty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I've read this book twice: the first time was over 12 months ago when I was looking for very specific information about a relatively rare eye issue. This book did not contain exactly what I was looking for then (but neither did any other book I could locate). However, I did remember that this book contained quite a lot of information about glaucoma and cataracts and it is for that reason that I am referring back to it.
I like the presentation of this book: it starts with the anatomy of the eye, discusses how we see, different eye examinations, and a range of different eye and related problems. The book also contains some great diagrams of the structures of the eye, of the various pieces of equipment used in eye examinations as well as good diagrammatic presentations of focus.
Yes, it is true that this book does not contain an exhaustive reference to all eye conditions. I doubt that any book accessible to a generalist reader could do that effectively. But the strength of this book, for me, is that it enables me to refer back to information that I do not always retain during consultations but need to make sense of in order to understand proposed treatment.
I recommend this book to those who want to know more about the structures of the eye and how they work as well as to those who are looking for comparatively detailed information about cataracts and glaucoma. There is no substitute for professional care and advice, but this book can be a useful aid for those of us who are print-oriented and need to read in order to retain information.
I should acknowledge, too, that treatments can change and surgical techniques undergo continual refinement. However, the underlying anatomy of the eye and the basic methods of examination are generally constant.