Last-Minute Optics: A Concise Review of Optics, Refraction, and Contact Lenses, Second Edition

David G. Hunter, PhD, MD; Constance E. West, MD
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The popular optics review manual, Last-Minute Optics: A Concise Review of Optics, Refraction, and Contact Lenses, has been revised and updated into a Second Edition. This unique resource boils down the overwhelming subject matter of clinical optics and refraction, helping the ophthalmologist cover the essentials in a single review manual. The content is based upon the practical experience of two clinically active experts who lecture on ophthalmic optics around the world.

This updated Second Edition by Drs. David G. Hunter and Constance E. West includes new questions added to selected chapters and a new chapter covering refractive surgery, as well as a key chapter that helps you evaluate patients with symptoms related directly to optical or refractive concerns. The complex concepts of optics are revealed in easy-to-understand explanations enhanced by simple illustrations.

Last-Minute Optics, Second Edition allows you to test your knowledge while increasing your understanding of optics. Designed in a clear, concise, question-and-answer format, this book allows for self-assessment and a chance to test your understanding before you read the answer.

Features of the Second Edition:

• Written in a light and approachable style to make optics accessible and understandable
• Unique question-and-answer format allows for self-assessment while studying to identify areas where more work is needed
• Perfect for limited study time
• Includes real-life examples that are clinically relevant
• Numerous practical tips to help enhance clinical practice
• Includes 223 questions and answers

Whether you’re an ophthalmologist, ophthalmic technician, resident or student, reviewing the optics facts and concepts is easier with Last-Minute Optics: A Concise Review of Optics, Refraction, and Contact Lenses, Second Edition.

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Figure List

Table List


About the Authors

Introduction to the First Edition

Introduction to the Second Edition


Section 1.        Basic Principles

Section 2.        Vergence, Lenses, Objects, and Images

Section 3.        The Model Eye

Section 4.        Visual Acuity Testing

Section 5.        Refraction and Optical Dispensing

Section 6.        Lens Effectivity and Vertex Distance

Section 7.        Accommodation, Presbyopia, and Bifocals

Section 8.        Astigmatism

Section 9.        Aberrations, Distortions, and Irregularities

Section 10.     Contact Lenses

Section 11.     Intraocular Lenses

Section 12.     Refractive Surgery

Section 13.     Magnification and Telescopes

Section 14.     Low Vision

Section 15.     Mirrors

Section 16.     Prisms and Diplopia

Section 17.     Instruments

Section 18.     Good People, Bad Optics: The Dissatisfied Patient

Section 19.     Important Formulas



About the Editors

David G. Hunter, MD, PhD is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and the Richard M. Robb Chair of Ophthalmology at Children's Hospital Boston. He is also the Vice Chair and Associate Professor of the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Hunter obtained a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Rice University and a PhD (in Cell Biology) and MD from Baylor College of Medicine. After he completed an ophthalmology residency at Harvard's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he received fellowship training in pediatric ophthalmology with Drs. David Guyton and Michael Repka at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute, Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Hunter lectures on optics and refraction for ophthalmologists-in-training around the world. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (2006-2012) and Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2010). His clinical and research interests focus on strabismus and amblyopia.   

Constance E. West, MD
 graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in chemical engineering. Dr. West then received her MD from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She completed a residency in ophthalmology at Washington University and a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute. She is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the Division of Ophthalmology and the Abrahamson Pediatric Eye Institute at the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her clinical practice is devoted to pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus.