A User's Manual for People with Keratoconus by Michael S Loughnnan, Jim Kokkinakis, Richard Lindsay, Gerard Sutton Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing, 2012 Paperback 100 pp, RRP $19.95
Article first published online: 18 MAR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Clinical and Experimental Optometry © 2013 Optometrists Association Australia
Clinical and Experimental Optometry
Special Keratoconus issue co-ordinated by Richard Lindsay
Volume 96, Issue 2, pages 254–255, March 2013
How to Cite
Carney, L. G. (2013), A User's Manual for People with Keratoconus by Michael S Loughnnan, Jim Kokkinakis, Richard Lindsay, Gerard Sutton Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing, 2012 Paperback 100 pp, RRP $19.95. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 96: 254–255. doi: 10.1111/cxo.12037
- Issue published online: 18 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 18 MAR 2013
As the title makes clear, this book is for people with keratoconus and not those providing care. It is a brief book, just 100 pages and is co-written by four experts in the area, two ophthalmologists and two optometrists. All have considerable experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with keratoconus.
It will be of interest and value to many of those with keratoconus. It contains quite detailed information on some aspects of keratoconus and its management but is not so technical in approach as to make it beyond an interested layperson.
The book is divided into five main sections, dealing first with the nature of keratoconus and its causes, followed by sections on management by contact lenses, surgery and corneal collagen cross-linking and finally, a brief summary of current research.
A definite strength of the book is the level of detail it provides on contact lens management and on surgical techniques and their possible complications. By reviewing the rationale for any specific management approach and its limitations and advantages, it helps patients with keratoconus to better understand the choices they may face.
The book includes a brief glossary and an even briefer list of useful website addresses. There is no index, which perhaps would have been a useful addition.
While the quality of the production overall is quite high, there are quite a number of typographical and grammatical errors and a few inconsistencies in the text; however, there do not seem to be any significant problems with the important clinical facts.
Overall, this brief book provides patients with keratoconus and other interested laypersons a well-written and surprisingly comprehensive introduction to the condition of keratoconus, its diagnosis and the various treatment options. It is not a book for all patients with keratoconus but will be of value to those seeking more detailed information than is provided by the usual patient information brochures.