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October 1996

Fundamentals for Ophthalmic Technical Personnel

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Madison, Wis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1996;114(10):1304. doi:10.1001/archopht.1996.01100140504046

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This text promotes the understanding of basic clinical skills in ophthalmology and is very well written and organized by ophthalmic personnel for ophthalmic personnel. The material incorporates excellent illustrations and photographs to highlight the basic principles in an easy style and format.

The first third of the book reviews the basic sciences in an informal and interesting manner—from the anatomy and physiology of the eye to the neurosciences, and it concludes with optics. The illustrations, photographs, and charts make this material easy and uncomplicated to read and understand.

Reading on, one is able to learn the basic clinical and technical skills—from the importance of correct history taking, to assessing visual acuity, to ocular motility, to contact lenses, to surgical assisting. The chapter entitled "Examination Strategy" was most interesting because it showed why one should have a plan of attack, and should anticipate specific questions and tests for certain examinations, for

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