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December 1986

Physicians' Desk Reference for Ophthalmology

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Brookline, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1986;104(12):1761. doi:10.1001/archopht.1986.01050240035030

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As noted in the foreword to the 14 edition of this perennial reference text, the Physicians' Desk Reference [PDR] for Ophthalmology is intended to provide the practicing ophthalmologist with basic information concerning ophthalmic instrumentation and equipment, optical devices, and, most important, ophthalmic pharmaceutical agents. The 1986 PDR retains the familiar organization and style of previous editions and begins with a series of indexes listing the instrumentation, lenses, suture materials, books, and pharmaceutical products included in the text. The latter are categorized and cross-referenced according to manufacturer, product name, product category, and active ingredient. The indexes are followed by relatively brief sections describing suture materials; ophthalmic instrumentation; and spectacle, contact, and intraocular lenses. Of great value to the clinician is a ten-page discussion of low vision, including a guide to the evaluation of permanent visual impairment. The heart of the book, however, is an 82-page summary of the indications for and

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