Dr. Frank Price Jr., joined by associate editors Dr. Marianne Price and Dr. Erik Letko, have designed this unique reference in which cornea and external disease specialists offer expert advice, preferences, and opinions on tough clinical questions commonly encountered by ophthalmologists, residents, and other health care professionals. The unique Q&A format provides quick access to current information related to cornea and external diseases with the simplicity of a conversation between two colleagues. Images, diagrams, and references are included to enhance the text and to illustrate clinical diagnoses and treatment plans.
Curbside Consultation in Cornea and External Disease: 49 Clinical Questions provides information basic enough for residents while also incorporating expert pearls that even high-volume ophthalmologists will appreciate. Refractive surgeons, general ophthalmologists, and residents alike will enjoy the user-friendly and casual format.
Some of the questions that are answered:
• A patient presents with corneal ulcer. What work-up and treatment would you recommend?
o As answered by three different specialists in the USA, Europe, and India.
• What should I do for a patient who presents with 6-D astigmatism after undergoing penetrating keratoplasty 4 months ago?
• A 63-year-old male complaining of blurry vision has 360-degree peripheral corneal stromal thinning and conjunctivalization and moderate cataract in both eyes. Does he need surgery?
• A piece of glass flew into my patient’s eye. The exam shows central corneal perforation <1 mm in diameter. The anterior chamber is shallow, but formed. How should I close this wound?
• A 67-year-old female complains of constant eye irritation. The exam shows conjunctivochalasis of the lower bulbar conjunctiva. Should I excise the redundant conjunctiva?
• I have a general ophthalmology practice in a remote area. When should I consider doing corneal cultures?"
Marianne Price, PhD is executive director of the Cornea Research Foundation of America in Indianapolis, IN. She holds a PhD in Medical and Molecular Genetics from Indiana University School of Medicine. A respected scientist and author, Dr. Price has made presentations to vision care audiences around the world. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and serves on the Board of Prevent Blindness Indiana, the Indiana University Kelley School of Business—Women MBA’s Alumni Advisory Board, and the Scientific Programs and Research Committees of the Eye Bank Association of America. She and Dr. Francis Price are recipients of Melvin Jones Fellow Awards from the Lions International Foundation and Vision Awards from the Corneal Dystrophy Foundation.
Erik Letko, MD dedicates his career to the improvement of treatment and surgical techniques for a spectrum of corneal conditions. He graduated from Charles University 1st School of Medicine in Prague, Czech Republic, where he also completed his ophthalmology residency and cornea fellowship. He received extensive training as a fellow in Cornea, External Eye Diseases, and Ocular Immunology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. He completed a second residency in ophthalmology at Casey Eye Institute in Portland, OR. Dr. Letko participated in over 30 clinical studies and authored or co-authored over 25 peer reviewed articles and 10 book chapters. He serves as a reviewer for ophthalmology journals and lectures in the United States and abroad.