Encyclopedia of the Eye, Four-Volume Set

Edited by

  • Joseph Besharse, Dept of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Reza Dana, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA, USA


  • Darlene Dartt, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA, USA

Section Editor:

  • Barbara Battelle
  • David Beebe
  • Peter Bex
  • Paul Bishop
  • Dean Bok, Jules Stein Eye Institute, Devid Geffin School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Patricia D'Amore
  • Henry Edelhauser
  • Linda Mcloon
  • Jerry Niederkorn
  • Thomas Reh, University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A.
  • Ernst Tamm, Professor and Chairman

As the first comprehensive reference for the eye, its support structures, diseases, and treatments, Encyclopedia of the Eye is an important resource for all visual scientists, ophthalmologists, and optometrists, as well as researchers in immunology, infectious disease, cell biology, neurobiology and related disciplines. This four-volume reference is unique in its coverage of information on all tissues important for vision, including the retina, cornea and lens. It also covers the physiological and pathophysiologic processes that affect all eye tissues.

This Encyclopedia is invaluable for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are seeking an introduction to an area of eye research. Each chapter explains the basic concepts and provides references to relevant chapters within the Encyclopedia and more detailed articles across the wider research literature. The Encyclopedia is also particularly useful for visual scientists and practitioners who are researching a new area, seeking deeper understanding of important research articles in fields adjacent to their own, or reviewing a grant outside their immediate area of expertise.

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This encyclopedia is invaluable for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are seeking an introduction to an area of eye research.


Book information

  • Published: April 2010
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374198-1


"The excellent pedagogical quality of the figures is well-integrated with the text. The Eye has fulfilled the Editors' plan to provide a modern reference work that covers the basic science of the eye, and provides the reader with easily understandable articles. With regard to their plan to make the reference work accessible to a wide variety of students, researchers, engineers, optometrists and ophthalmologists, The Eye is a testimony that they succeeded in their quest…The editors and the contributors are to be congratulated for providing the eye community with a useful and recommended reference book."--Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol (2011) 249:1909-1911

Table of Contents

The Encyclopedia contains more than 260 chapters in total across several sections. Sections include:

Aqueous humor dynamics and optic nerve – edited by Ernst Tamm
Comparative eye – edited by Barbara Battelle
Immune Homeostasis of the eye – edited by Jerry Niederkorn
Lens – edited by David Beebe
Ocular Surface – edited by Henry Edelhauser
Orbit – edited by Linda McLoon
Retina – edited by Dean Bok & Joseph Besharse
Retinal development – edited by Thomas Reh
Vascular biology – edited by Patricia D’Amore
Visual optics – edited by Peter Bex
Vitreous – edited by Paul Bishop