by Sharon Fekrat, MD, FACS, and Jennifer W. Weizer, MD, eds, 199 pp, with illus, $18.95, ISBN 0-8223-3699-5, Durham, NC, Duke University Press, 2006.
Almost everyone will have some kind of eye condition in his or her lifetime. The foreword of All About Your Eyes: A Practical Guide in Plain English From the Physicians at the Duke University Eye Center mentions the vast number of Medicare beneficiaries who will have glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and cataracts. Many of the patients and their families or caregivers will want to understand the course of their disease or condition and prepare for the symptoms and options available to them for possible treatment. Although this book is written to provide such information to them, it also serves as yet another important resource for workers in eye care who need to be able to explain things in a simple and succinct way. Why not require that it be read by all who will have to deal with patients, be they ophthalmic assistants, photographers, ophthalmic nurses, triage nurses, receptionists, schedulers, or residents? For many, this book will simply be a review; for others, it will be a concise, informative introduction. A copy of the book might be available in the waiting areas of the clinics for patients and their families and in the nursing, ophthalmic technician, and scheduling areas for easy reference.
France LW. All About Your Eyes: A Practical Guide in Plain English From the Physicians at the Duke University Eye Center. Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(7):995-996. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.7.995-b