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August 1990

Contact Lenses: A Textbook for Practitioners and Students

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Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(8):1080. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070100036024

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This single-volume book is a large but manageable third-edition textbook covering the subject of corneal and scleral contact lenses. It contains detailed chapters on contact lens fabrication, use, indications, fitting procedures, disease, and complications. It is a comprehensive, authoritative text for optometrists. Written by 28 contributing authors, the book was edited by both English and Australian optometrists.

There are 24 major chapters covering a wide range of subjects. The book begins with the basics, including the anatomy and physiology of corneal tissue and tear chemistry, and spreads out to subjects that are probably beyond a general ophthalmologist's interest (eg, 75 pages are devoted to scleral lens fabrication). The majority of the material is up-to-date. There is a comprehensive discussion of contact lens materials and an excellent compendium of contact lens care solutions. An "After-Care Glossary" clearly explains all the specialty terminology.

"... written by optometrists for optometrists, but ophthalmologists... will also

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