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March 1952

A Manual of Orthoptics

AMA Arch Ophthalmol. 1952;47(3):411-412. doi:10.1001/archopht.1952.01700030419014

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This is the soundest and clearest exposition of orthoptics yet to be published and should be read by everyone who treats the child with squint.

The book is divided into two parts, the first of which deals with the philosophy of orthoptics, and the second with the application of orthoptic technique. Miss Lancaster develops in a concise and logical manner the reasons for orthoptic training and the goals to be achieved. She first summarizes the growth and development of binocular vision, treating the latter as subject to the laws which govern the development of conditioned reflexes. She then presents a concise and lucid outline of the learning process. It is interesting to find that she believes the age of readiness for orthoptic training is at about 8 years. From this it would seem that many of us are expecting too much from orthoptics at an early age, since we now

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