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January 1995

Optics and Refraction: A User-Friendly Guide

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Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1995;113(1):23-24. doi:10.1001/archopht.1995.01100010025014

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It is paradoxical that the very fundamentals of vision (optics) are either forgotten or marginally applied by many practicing ophthalmologists. The subject is embraced and mastered by few. For both ophthalmologists in training and practitioners, optics is something akin to the Krebs cycle in medical school: it is memorized to pass an examination with little or no understanding of its clinical applications or relevance.

Miller has taken a giant leap forward to make optics relevant in volume 1 of the Textbook of Ophthalmology, edited by Podos and Yanoff. Commendably, he has satisfied the editors' goal of integrating basic visual science with clinical information.

The text has been organized into 14 chapters, starting with three on the nature of light, visible light, and physical optics for the clinician. These first few chapters set the tone and style for the volume with richly colored graphics and diagrams that complement the text's conversational

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