Author: David B. Elliott, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO
Publisher: Elsevier Saunders – 318 pages
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani

A solid piece of evidence that the author David B. Elliott really cares for you – the optometry student, practitioner, or reader – understand and learn the material in this book is shown in the Preface itself. It summarizes what is covered in each of the nine chapters of this handy and very informative book, which also makes it very utilitarian.

A sign of his humility is also evident in his request for comments (to improve future editions) by providing his email address:

To further your learning as an optometry student, he even suggests that you ask the clinician, after the patient has left, why he or she chose certain eye examinations (from those available) with respect to their advantages, and the supporting evidence for them. You should also ask for their disadvantages, he advises.

A brief overview of what is contained in this book will inform you of its scope and coverage:

  1. Evidence-based Eye Examinations
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Assessment of Visual Function
  4. Refraction and Prescribing
  5. Contact Lens Assessment
  6. Assessment of Binocular Vision and Accommodation
  7. Ocular Health Assessment
  8. Variations in Appearance of the Normal Eye
  9. Physical Examination Procedures

If you are looking for material on other topics, you can look at the References section at the end of each chapter.

Material is laid out in each chapter with:

  • An outline at the beginning of each chapter  of the main topics to be discussed
  • Discussion of the main topics and its relevant subtopics
  • Presentation of charts throughout the chapter for detailed understanding
  • Presentation of tables throughout the chapter with data and interrelationships
  • Presentation of boxes throughout the chapter itemizing steps to an exam, e.g.
  • References at the end of the chapter listing books and articles for further study

To access the complete contents of this textbook online – which are fully searchable – and to use the other valuable features, simply visit the website indicated below, enter the Activation Code by scratching off the sticker on the inside front cover of this book, and follow the instructions online to activate your access.

If you are already registered, login at, scratch off the Activation Code on the inside front cover of this book, enter it into the Add a Title box, click on Activate Now, and click the title under My Titles.

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An additional resource is available to purchasers of this book on Go to the inside back cover of this text, and you will find that ClinicalKey is designed to serve you well by providing you these important core components:

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This handy and highly useful book is due to the superior efforts of Dr. Elliott and the qualified contributors listed below.

David B. Elliott, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO is Professor of Clinical Vision Science at Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Contributors of print material to the book:

Brandon T. Barrett, DipOptom, Bsc (Psychol), PhD; Catherine Chisholm, PhD, MCOptom; David B. Elliott, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO; John G. Flanagan, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO; Patricia Hrynchak, OD, FAAO, Konrad Pesudovs, BScOptom, PhD, PGDiploAdvClinOptom, MCOptom, FACO, FAAO, FCCISA; C. Lisa Prakopich, OD, MSc; and Craig A. Woods, PhD, PCertOcTher, MCOptom, DipCl, FAAO, FACO, FBCLA.

Contributors to electronic ancillary:

Matthew Cufflin, PhD, MCOptom – Lecturer; Edward Mallen, PhD, MCOptom – Reader in Physiological Optics; Annette Parkinson, PhD, MCOptom – Senior Lecturer; and Graham Mouat, PhD, MCOptom – Senior Lecturer and Clinic Director at Bradford School of Optometry and Vision Science at University of Bradford in Bradford, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.