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February 1990

Prevention of Eye Disease

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(2):184. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070040036023

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Prevention of Eye Disease is a somewhat restrictive and misleading title for a heterogeneous book. Though brief, it contains contributions from 31 authors on subjects as broad as public health policy to subjects as specific as preoperative preparation technique. The underlying premise is that the education of physicians is the most effective method of preventing disease or limiting its morbidity.

It is true that the prevention of many significant eye diseases requires persistent effort by physicians to educate large populations and to effect policy and programs through political and governmental means. Khalid Tabbara from Saudi Arabia gives concrete examples of how this might be accomplished in his chapter "Nutritional Blindness: Vitamin A Deficiency." G. Richard O'Connor succinctly discusses ocular diseases caused by parasites, emphasizing that the prevention of morbidity comes not only from preventing the initial infection, but also from the proper selection of treatment to avoid direct toxicity

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