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Cataract and Glaucoma for Eyecare Paraprofessionals
By Brian S. Duvall, Al Lens, and Elliot B. Werner

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Cataract and Glaucoma for Eyecare Paraprofessionals
By Brian S. Duvall, Al Lens, and Elliot B. Werner
The Basic Bookshelf for Eyecare Processionals
SLACK Incorporated, (1999)
Standard Print ISBN: 1-55642-335-7
Genre: Eye Care, Ophthalmology - Cataracts & Glaucoma

Reviewed by Rochelle Caviness - October 31, 2002

Second only to refractive errors, cataracts and glaucoma are perhaps the most common disorders seen in a normal Eyecare practice. For auxiliary or paraprofessionals in the Eyecare field, a general knowledge of these two disorders can be invaluable. Those looking for a general introduction, or study aid, on this material, will find that the book Cataract and Glaucoma for Eyecare Paraprofessinoals by Brian S. Duvall, Al Lens, and Elliot B. Werner provides a thorough overview of these two common conditions.

This book was written specifically for Eyecare paraprofessionals, and it is written in a non-technical tone. Throughout this book, relevant eye anatomy is reviewed, as are the more common instruments used in diagnosing or treating cataracts or glaucoma, such as the various types of tonometers. This book provides a survey of the causes and symptoms of both cataracts and the various forms of glaucoma, including open-angle, primary angle-closure, secondary, and congenital glaucoma. It also describes the physiological characteristics of each condition, as well as diagnosis techniques and the various treatments commonly in use. Surgical techniques used in the treatment of cataracts are explained in detail.

Each chapter in this book begins with a list of key points, and each includes a list of common patient questions - and when applicable, common patient misconceptions. Also included are practical side bars that highlight information that should be shared with the patient concerning their condition or treatment. Throughout you will find a host of illustrations and charts that serve to expound upon the material under scrutiny.

For those studying for various ophthalmic certification exams, you will find this book a handy reference guide in that study icons have been placed along the margins of the pages to indicate what information is need for specific exams. These study icons related to the certification exams for optometric and ophthalmic assistant and technician exams as well as ophthalmic medical technologist, low vision subspecialty, ophthalmic surgical assisting subspecialty, contact lens registry, opticianry, and retinal angiographer. These 'study icons' are a common feature found in almost all of the books in the Basic Bookshelf for Eyecare Professionals series, of which this book is a member.

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