The Basic Bookshelf for Eyecare Professionals is a series that provides fundamental and advanced material with a clinical approach to clinicians and students. A special effort was made to include information needed for the certification exams in ophthalmic and optometric assisting, as well as for surgical assistants, opticians, plus low vision, and contact lens examiners.
This book contains basic guidelines and typical scenarios that the ophthalmic surgical assistant needs to know. The text begins with the operative patient, including preoperative testing and consents, and travels through the operating room experience. Topics include gowning and gloving, preparing trays and tables, and sterilization techniques. Detailed descriptions of common operative procedures such as plastics, cataract, corneal, and retinal procedures are also included. Operative notes are written on a minute-by-minute basis so the reader can become familiar with the instruments and other implements, and the order in which they are used. This text will help prepare the ophthalmic assistant for any setting, whether it be hospital or office based.
About the Authors
The Study Icons
Chapter 1. Preoperative Counseling and Informed Consent
Chapter 2. Ophthalmic Diagnostic Testing: An Overview
Chapter 3. Anesthesia and Pharmacology
Chapter 4. Disinfection and Sterilization Techniques
Chapter 5. Preoperative Scrubbing, Gowning, and Gloving Procedures
Chapter 6. Operative Setup, Ophthalmic Draping, and Sterile Technique
Chapter 7. Handle with Care: Microsurgical Instrument Preparation
Chapter 8. Oculoplastics: Lids, Lacrimal System, and Removal of the Eye
Chapter 9. Extraocular Muscles
Chapter 10. Cornea
Chapter 11. Refractive Surgery
Chapter 12. Glaucoma
Chapter 13. Cataract
Chapter 14. Retina and Vitreous
About the Editors
Regina Boess-Lott, RN, CRNO received her associates degree in nursing science in 1986 from Bucks County Community College in Newtown, PA. In 1991, she achieved the status of a Certified Registered Nurse in Ophthalmology (CRNO). Regina is a member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN) and is the current Administrative Director of Clinical and Laser Services for Total Eye Care Centers, based in Levittown, PA. She has over 16 years experience in the field of ophthalmology, including comprehensive operating room and clinical care.
Sharon Steick, also a graduate of Bucks County Community College, has been in the field of ophthalmology since 1976. Since 1990, she has held her current position as Practice Administrator at Total Eye Care Centers. A 1983 graduate of the Ophthalmic Technician’s Program at the Eye Institute of New Jersey, University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ, Sharon has had the opportunity to work in both clinical and surgical care. She is an active member of the American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators.