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April 1969

Orthoptics: Theory and Practice.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1969;81(4):600. doi:10.1001/archopht.1969.00990010602028

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The authors have divided their 258 pages of text into three nearly equal sections: anatomy and physiology of the eye, classification and measurements, and sensory and neuromuscular anomalies. There is a concise appendix which outlines the orthoptic examination, the treatment of heterophoria and heterotropia, plus providing a glossary of terms.

In an effort to be comprehensive, much of the text consists of short definitions which is an asset rather than a deficit. Thus, while the glands of the lid are described in a two-line paragraph and the anatomy of the ocular muscles on a third of a page, the accommodation convergence mechanism is thoroughly discussed as are other subjects more pertinent to orthoptics. The book is profusely illustrated with excellent art work by Sallie Gloeckner, which facilitates understanding.

The English influence of Kathleen Bullock, an orthoptist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, permeates the chapter on instruments where such items

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