by Donald S. Fong, MD, MPH, and Robin Demi Ross, MD, 278 pp, with black-and-white illus, $30, ISBN 1-56565-875-2, Los Angeles, Calif, Lowell House Publishers, 1998.
The Diabetes Eye Care Sourcebook offers a wealth of medical information translated into clear language for the diabetic patient or interested lay person, about the eye in diabetes, and related potential problems. Well-placed, black-and-white clinical photographs and diagrams illustrate the text, and many highlighted personal clinical vignettes help to illuminate particular topics. The 12 chapters are well organized and easy to read. Those of particular importance to me were the 3 dealing with "Vision Loss," "Coping With Low Vision," and "Depression." The 4 appendexes at the end provide a profusion of source material including the following: state and other agencies supporting visually impaired individuals, low vision aids, and medication assistance programs. This book should be part of every diabetic patient's initial and continuing education. It can, hopefully, generate a more informed and optimally controlled diabetic patient with a healthier life.
Farrell TA. The Diabetes Eye Care Sourcebook. Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(12):1699-1700. doi: