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The Ophthalmic Assistant

A Text for Allied and Associated Ophthalmic Personnel

Simply written and well illustrated, this New Edition provides all the practical information ophthalmic and optometric assistants and technicians need to complete their day-to-day tasks, including paramedical training, ophthalmic technology, and efficient ophthalmic office management. It also serves as a useful guide for ophthalmic practice, featuring up-to-date coverage of ophthalmic diseases, surgical procedures, the latest medications, and the newest contact lenses. Readers will also find detailed information on the latest equipment used in practice and the skills required to understand the use of each piece in the clinical setting.

Audience
Ophthalmologists and Optometrists (practicing and in training), Eye Care Paramedical and Allied Personnel

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Published: February 2006

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-03330-5

Contents

  • Part 1 BASIC SCIENCES

    1. Anatomy of the eye

    2. Physiology of the eye

    3. Optics

    4. Pharmacology

    5. Microbiology


    Part 2 CLINICAL PRACTICE

    6. Office efficiency and public relations

    7. History taking

    8. Preliminary examination

    9. Understanding ophthalmic equipment

    10. Refractive errors and how to correct them

    11. History of Spectacles

    12. Facts about glassses

    13. Rigid contact lenses: basics

    14. Soft contact lenses

    15. Advanced techniques in soft and rigid contact lens fitting

    16. Managing a contact lens practice

    17. Visual fields

    18. Automated visual field testing

    19. Ocular injuries

    20. The urgent case

    21. Common eye disorders

    22. Common retinal disorders

    23. Glaucoma

    24. Examination of the newborn, infant and small child

    25. Maintenance of ophthalmic equipment and instruments

    26. Diagnostic Ultrasound


    Part 3 SURGICAL TECHNIQUES

    27. Aseptic technique and minor office surgery

    28. The operative patient

    29. Highlights of ocular surgery

    30. Assisting the surgeon

    31. Lasers in ophthalmology

    32. Ambulatory surgery

    33. Computerized Corneal topography

    34. Refractive surgery - part 1 patient selection counseling and examination

    35. Wavefront and Custom Laser


    Part 4 SPECIAL PROCEDURES

    36. Ocular motility and binocular vision

    37. Ophthalmic photography

    38. Visual aids for the partially sighted


    Part 5 COMMUNITY OCULAR PROGRAMS

    39. Blind persons in a modern world

    40. to production

    41. Reading problems in children

    42. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation


    Part 6 EXPANDED ROLES IN EYE CARE DELIVERY

    43. Computers in the ophthalmic practice


    Part 7 THE ROLE OF ASSISTANTS IN EYE CARE

    44. The role of ophthalmic medical personnel in clinical ophthalmology practice

    45. Ethics

    46. Medical Legal Aspects

    47. Testing of Ophthalmic Skills

    48. The Development of ophthalmic assistants in North America

    49. Assisting the international community to prevent blindness


    Appendices

    01 Office supplies in common use

    02 Estimating visual loss

    03 Short forms in clinical use

    04 Vision and driving

    05 Optical constants of the eye

    06 Metric conversion

    07 Diopter to millimeters radius conversion tables

    08 Vertex conversion table

    09 Diopters of corneal refracting power

    10 Compensation for effect of vertex distances (used when plus lens is moved from the eye)

    11 Compensation for effect of vertex distances (used when plus lens is moved toward the eye)

    12 Dioptric curves for extended range of keratometer

    13 Translations of commonly asked questions and commands

    14 Ocular emergencies

    15 Principles of informed consent

    16 Current ophthalmic pharmaceuticals


    Glossary

    Supplemental Readings

    Index

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