5th Edition

Quick Reference Dictionary of Eyecare Terminology

By Janice K. Ledford, Joseph Hoffman Copyright 2007

    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


    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.