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Eye Care Sourcebook , 2nd Edition
Health Reference Series
Edited by Amy L. Sutton
Omnigraphics: Detroit, MI (2003)
Standard Print; ISBN: 0-7808-0635-2
Genre: Health - Vision

Reviewed by Leo Johnston - August 6, 2003

The Eye Care Sourcebook is a compilation of articles related to eye care. The articles in this reference guide are divided into eight thematic sections:
  1. General Information about Eye Care

    This section covers topics such as the visual system, eye exams, information about children's vision, signs of eye trouble, how to protect you eyes, and general information on what constitutes low vision and blindness and available assistive technologies.

  2. Vision Correction and Refractive Surgery

    The second part of this reference guide is devoted to various methods of vision corrections, ranging from contact lenses to LASIK (Laser-Assisted in Situ Keratomileusis) surgery.

  3. Age-Related Eye Problems

    Articles in this section provide information on cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (ARMD).

  4. Pediatric Eye Problems

    In addition to covering topics such as amblyopia, juvenile macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, and strabismus, this section also includes an article on Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, and Vision.

  5. Disorders with Eye-Related Complications

    This section details physiological problems that can lead to, or which have, eye related complications. Disorders covered include Behcet's Disease, Diabetic Retinopathy, Histoplasmosis, Sjogren's Syndrome, Thyroid Eye Disease, and Usher Syndrome.

  6. Other Eye Disorders and Problems

    The sixth section in this guide is a catch-all covering a diverse range of topics not already covered, including, but not limited to, color blindness, eye allergies, retinoblastoma, retinal detachment, and floaters.

  7. Current Research and Clinical Trials

    This informative section provides a brief overview of some of the promising work being done to prevent or repair vision problems.

  8. Additional Help and Information

    The last section in this guide includes an glossary of Eye-Related Terms, a Directory of Eye Care Organizations and a list of Resources for People with Low Vision or Blindness.

Most of the articles in this handy reference guide are short informational pieces that were written specifically for non-professionals. All the articles in this guide are reprints from other authoritative sources, such as Prevent Blindness America, the American Optometric Association, and the National Eye Institute. Many of the articles are annotated with information that will enable you access information about the authoring agency via the Internet.

This reference guide provides general information about eye health and eye disorders. Consumers and students can use this guide as primer on the issues related to eye health and common eye problems. It will also serve as a starting point for patients with vision problems, and their families, researching their particular disorder. Many of the articles include reference notes, and many provide Internet URL's for various organization for ease of accessing their websites for more information. In addition, the inclusion of a directory of eye-related organizations and resources for the blind and visually impaired will also serve readers as jumping off points when seeking more information about their eye care concerns.

The second edition of the Eye Care Sourcebook is part of the Health Reference Series which provides basic information on a variety of topics ranging from AIDS to workplace safety. This sourcebook will be an appropriate addition to any library, and will be especially suited for placement in locations were eye care patients can have ready access to the guide, such as patient libraries in hospital and other medical settings, and the offices of eye care professionals.

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