Quick Reference Dictionary of Eyecare Terminology, Fifth Edition

Janice K. Ledford, COMT ; Joseph Hoffman,

  • $56.95
  • ISBN 10 1556428057
  • ISBN 13 978-1556428050
  • 504 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2008
  • Order# 68057

A leading resource for nearly two decades and a daily reference for thousands of eyecare professionals, the Fifth Edition of Quick Reference Dictionary of Eyecare Terminology continues this tradition and provides the latest terms, concepts, conditions, and important resources in an instant.

Janice K. Ledford and Joseph Hoffman have updated and expanded this essential resource to reflect today’s dialect while retaining the core features associated with this user-friendly reference book: accurately defined terms, cross-referencing, acronyms and abbreviations, and a plethora of additional information in the appendices.

Compact, concise, and informative, Quick Reference Dictionary of Eyecare Terminology, Fifth Edition, provides quick access to over 3,700 terms and their definitions, including over 400 new words. This pocket-sized companion also contains 25 appendices. Additionally, pronunciations have been added—an attribute users are sure to appreciate.

With a history of excellence, an easy-to-use format, and the latest information, Quick Reference Dictionary of Eyecare Terminology, Fifth Edition is a must have for anyone working in eyecare or an eyecare-related industry.


  • An atlas of ocular anatomy drawings
  • Updated list of pertinent web sites
  • Updated drug tables
  • A reading guide

Appendices Include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Subjective grading systems
  • Common abbreviations
  • The metric system
  • English-to-Spanish ocular history flow sheet

About the Authors
How to Use This Book

Dictionary of Terms
List of Appendices

Appendix 1: Acronyms and Abbreviations
Appendix 2: Medical Terminology
Appendix 3: Atlas of Ocular Anatomy Drawings
Appendix 4: The Schematic Eye
Appendix 5: The Cranial Nerves
Appendix 6: Classifications of Nystagmus
Appendix 7: Red Eye Differential Diagnosis
Appendix 8: The Subjective Grading System
Appendix 9: Slit Lamp Findings for Systemic Diseases and Conditions
Appendix 10: Systemic Disorders and Their Effects on the Eye
Appendix 11: Ophthalmic Drugs
Appendix 12: Lasers in Ophthalmology
Appendix 13: Ocular and Systemic Effects of Topical Ocular Drugs
Appendix 14: Troubleshooting Glasses Problems
Appendix 15: Normal Values of Common Blood Tests
Appendix 16: The Metric System
Appendix 17: English and Metric Conversion
Appendix 18: Weights and Measures
Appendix 19: Optical Formulas
Appendix 20: Manual Alphabet for Communicating With the Hearing Impaired
Appendix 21: The Braille Alphabet
Appendix 22: English-to-Spanish Ocular History Flowchart
Appendix 23: Certification as Paraoptometric and Ancillary Ophthalmic Personnel
Appendix 24: Web Sites Related to Eyecare
Appendix 25: Suggested Reading

Review from previous edition:

“the authors have put together a great quick referecen book. I would recommend it to any person who works in eye care either with patients or behind the scenes.”

— Nora V. Dorau, CPO, Doody’s Publishing

For over 25 years now, Janice K. Ledford, COMT has been using her skills both in the ophthalmic exam room and on the printed page. While she is probably best known for her certification review books and editorship of The Basic Bookshelf for Eyecare Professionals, she is also a published novelist (search Jan Roadarmel Ledford on the Internet). She is currently employed as a fee-basis technologist with Dr. Charles Kirby as well as the Asheville Veterans Administration Eye Clinic. Jan has two sons, a daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter and grandson. She lives in Franklin, NC with her two cats.

Joseph Hoffman has worked in medical publishing since 1985 and was the editor-in-chief of the Ocular Surgery News publication group from 1996 to 2001. He has won writing awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors and Apex. He is currently the proprietor of Hoffman Health Care Communications.

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