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September 1990

ABC of Eyes

Author Affiliations

Boston, Mass

Arch Ophthalmol. 1990;108(9):1222. doi:10.1001/archopht.1990.01070110038014

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In this paperback monograph, Elkington and Khaw have succeeded in providing general practitioners with "guidance on when to refer to a specialist, and how urgently." In addition, the book is concise and well written and provides a practical introduction to ophthalmology for medical students, optometric students, and nurses.

The 12 chapters contain more than 120 color illustrations. The book follows a logical sequence beginning with "history and examination." Subsequent chapters cover the fundamental ophthalmic disorders, including red eye, eyelid disease, ocular injuries, acute visual disturbances, cataracts, refractive errors, the glaucomas, gradual visual loss, and strabismus. The final two chapters on systemic and nervous system disease and the eye are brief, but informative.

"... written for the nonophthalmologist with specific recommendations for referral."

The first five chapters are an excellent introduction to the basic approach to patients requiring acute ophthalmic care. In particular, the chapter on red eye is very well illustrated,

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