How to act when time is of the essence
Ocular trauma can dramatically change the patient’s life in an instant, and the ophthalmologist’s role is to limit the ocular, aesthetic and psychological damage as much as possible. In contrast to other pathologies, time is nearly always of the essence, and one must always be prepared ahead of time to make rapid decisions when the time comes.
The “Atlas of Ocular Trauma” (Springer), edited by Hua Yan, aims to prepare the surgeon for exactly this. Starting with an introduction to trauma, it is further organised by the injured structure, from conjunctiva and cornea all the way through to a ruptured globe.
This 190-page atlas is full of good clinical photographs and is a useful addition for anyone asked to manage ocular trauma.