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Pediatric Ophthalmology

Am J Dis Child. 1984;138(10):922. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1984.02140480024008.
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This relatively brief monograph on pediatric ophthalmology is a survey by a single author who is a pediatric ophthalmologist. Such short treatises cannot hope to cover an entire specialty, but Dr Nelson has managed to produce a remarkably comprehensive yet extremely readable overview of this field. In particular, I liked the extremely well-referenced tables that allow the reader to research areas of interest in greater depth. I also liked the chapter on the visually handicapped child, which includes special education and public agency resources in various states.

My impression is that the book provides background information on how pediatric ophthalmologists would examine a patient, rather than functioning as a practical manual on how the pediatrician might evaluate pediatric eye problems. While there are areas explaining the evaluation of visual acuity in the preverbal and verbal child, cover tests for strabismus, the evaluation of amblyopia, etc, I believe that the average


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