Preface

Pediatric ophthalmology is a broad field encompassing many diverse topics including embryology, chromosomal abnormalities, neurology, crainio-facial abnormalities, systemic diseases, retina disease, and strabismus. This variety makes pediatric ophthalmology interesting and intellectually stimulating, but at the time somewhat daunting. The handbook series is designed to give the practitioner an easy to understand, succinct yet detailed reference on various subjects related to pediatric ophthalmology.

The Handbook of Pediatric Eye and Systemic Disease is a practical resource on the diagnosis and management of eye disorders associated with pediatric systemic disease. A concise but comprehensive description of ocular manifestations of pediatric systemic disease is presented. These chapters are designed to be reader-friendly. They are organized with clear sub-headings that allow the readers to quickly find their area of interest such as systemic characteristics, ocular findings, or treatment. Excellent color photographs and diagrams illustrate the clinical points and help with disease recognition. Extensive use of tables and information boxes simplify and summarize complex topics. Each chapter is fully referenced to provide evidence-based practice guidelines and further in-depth reading. The last chapter is a compendium of hundreds of systemic diseases and chromosomal abnormalities that affect the eye. In this compendium are thorough lists of both systemic and ocular findings for each disease. This is an excellent aid to diagnosing syndromes based on the characteristics of the eye abnormality.

Another important use of the Handbook of Pediatric Eye and Systemic Disease is patient and family education. Parents are rightfully concerned about the effects of systemic disease on their child's eyes. Information, including diagrams and photographs from the handbook about the eye manifestations of systemic disease, can be shared with the families. This important information is often lacking in general texts on ophthalmology and pediatrics.

I hope you will find the Handbook of Pediatric Eye and Systemic Disease to be an invaluable adjunct to your pediatric practice.

Kenneth W. Wright, MD

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