Special Skills and Techniques by Gretchen Beal Van BoemelSpecial Skills and Techniques by Gretchen Beal Van Boemel

Special Skills and Techniques

byGretchen Beal Van BoemelEditorGretchen Beal Van Boemel

Paperback | June 1, 1999

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The Basic Bookshelf for Eyecare Professionals is a series that provides fundamental and advanced material with a clinical approach to clinicians and students. A special effort was made to include information needed for the certification exams in ophthalmic and optometric assisting, as well as for surgical assistants, opticians, plus low vision, and contact lens examiners.

This book moves beyond basic exam skills into the arena of more advanced diagnostic testing. Topics include biometry and echography, electrophysiology, psychophysical testing, and microbiology. Special tests such as exophthalmometry, pachymetry, and ophthalmoscopy are also covered. This is the ultimate how-to book for those performing detailed patient exams.

Gretchen Beal Van Boemel, PhD, COMT, has worked in the field of ophthalmology since 1982. She received her undergraduate defree from California State University, Long Beach in the field of research psychology. After 1 year of working as a research assistant in the Department of Cardiology at the University of Southern California, Gretc...
Title:Special Skills and TechniquesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:249 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.5 inPublished:June 1, 1999Publisher:Slack IncorporatedLanguage:English

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Table of Contents


About the Author
The Study Icons

Part I. Advanced Tests and Techniques
Chapter 1. Diagnostic Testing
The Photokeratoscope
Corneal Topography
Chapter 2. Psychophysical Testing
Overview of Psychophysical Testing
Advanced Color Vision Testing
Dark Adaptometry Testing
The Macular Photostress Test
The Potential Acuity Meter
The Glare Test and the Brightness Acuity Test
Contrast Sensitivity
Chapter 3. Microbiology
Ocular Microbiology
Identification of the Infectious Antigen
The Immune System
Part II. Biometry and Echography
Chapter 4. Axial Eye Length A-Scans and Intraocular Lens Calculations
Axial Eye Length
Techniques of Axial Eye Length A-Scans
Brief Review
Probe Placement
Calculating Axial Eye Lengths with the A-scan Echo Patterns
Conducting an Axial Eye Length Examination
IOL Power Calculations
Chapter 5. Diagnostic A- and B- Scan Ultrasonography
Basic Principles
Standardized Echography Examination Techniques
B-Scan Examination
A- and B- Scan Used Together
Part III. Electrophysiology Testing
Chapter 6. Electroretinography
Introduction to the Electroretinogram
The Full-Field ERG
Materials Needed for Recording the ERG
Recording a Full-Field ERG According to International Standards
Recording a Dark-Adapted ERG
Recording a Light-Adapted ERG
Concluding the ERG Testing Session
Results of ERG Testing
The Clinical Usefulness of the ERG
Case Histories - Basic Waveform Abnormalities
Case Histories - Disorders Suggesting Cone Photoreceptor Cell Abnormality
Case Histories - Disorders Suggesting Rod Photoreceptor Cell Abnormality
Case Histories - The ERG in Unexplained Vision Loss
Chapter 7. Electro-Oculography
Introduction to the Electro-Oculogram
Preparing the Patient for an EOG
Recording the EOG
Evaluating the EOG
Clinical Usefulness of the EOG
Case Histories
Chapter 8. Visual Evoked Response
Introduction to the Visual Evoked Response
VER Testing
Evaluating Test Results
The Clinical Usefulness of Flash and Pattern VER Testing
Case Histories

Appendix A. Disability Determination: Who Qualifies and Who Doesn&#8217t
Impairment and Disability
Definitions of Vision Loss
Importance of Determining Level of Impairment and Disability
Assessing and Documenting Vision Loss
Other Visual System Abnormalities Affecting Disability Determination
Appendix B. Universal Precautions
Protecting Patients from Exposure
Protecting Staff and Physicians from Exposure