Each chapter focuses on one specific symptom: visual loss, red eye, and eye trauma for example, and is neatly divided into clear subsections. These include an overview of the problem, clinical features, diagnostic flow charts, referral guidelines, and a summary of crucial points. The book also contains dedicated chapters on examination of the eye (which includes basic anatomy and physiology), basic eye procedures, and screening for eye disease. View Sample chapters
Eye Essentials For Every Doctor is a straightforward quick reference tool and proves easy to navigate. I particularly like its compact size, clear format, and regular emphasis of key information to ensure that critical eye conditions are not missed. The colour photographs are especially useful for identifying eye signs and formulating diagnoses. In addition the diagnostic flow charts are of great clinical value and can be used to assess patients as they sit in front of you. This, I feel, represents the greatest strength of the book.
As someone with a passion for ophthalmology I would welcome more detailed management guidelines such as specific drug therapies and doses, although I appreciate this falls largely outside the scope of the book. In addition, a more comprehensive section on further reading, that includes online resources, might satisfy those with a greater appetite for learning. These minor criticisms do not detract from an otherwise accomplished publication.
Authors – Anthony Pane and Peter Simcock
Dr David Baines – Ophthalmology trainee