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First textbook on Ocular Prosthetics published

14 August 2015
Clinical Ocular Prosthetics Book published
Dr Brian Sloan, Dr Keith Pine and Associate Professor Rob Jacobs

The School of Optometry and Vision Science is proud to announce the publication of the book “Clinical Ocular Prosthetics”.

This is the first textbook to offer a comprehensive account of ocular prosthetics and the evidence used to underpin and support this field of healthcare.

The genesis of this book started when Keith Pine approached the University of Auckland’s School of Optometry and Vision Science to seek advice about how best to go about writing it. He was introduced to Associate Professor Robert Jacobs who supported the concept of the book but felt that the lack of scientific knowledge in the field was a major drawback and that more formal research should be undertaken into prosthetic eyes before a book should be contemplated. That was 6 years ago. The discussion resulted in Keith Pine enrolling in a Master of Science programme (later upgraded to a PhD) and undertaking a systematic set of individual investigations which has resulted in the publication of eight scientific papers to date.  Associate Professor Robert Jacobs and Dr Brian Sloan supervised the research and were co-authors of the published papers.

This book, then, derives from the research described above and the successful amalgamation of a research team comprising ocular prosthetist (Dr Keith Pine, Research Fellow in the School of Optometry and Vision Science), oculo-plastic surgeon (Dr Brian Sloan, Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Ophthalmology ), and optometrist (Assoc Prof Rob Jacobs, Academic Director of the School of Optometry and Vision Science) .

The book contains a mix of scientific evidence and clinical experience and includes inferences based on material from other disciplines that are applied to the field of ocular prosthetics. The book is written primarily for clinicians and caregivers who have contact with prosthetic eye wearers including ocular, maxillofacial and anaplastology prosthetists, ophthalmologists, ophthalmic nurses, optometrists and students of these disciplines.

The book is also a useful resource for other health workers and family members who care for prosthetic eye patients and for those patients who require a deeper understanding of the issues affecting them and their prosthesis than what is currently available elsewhere.

The book is published by Springer and is available as an e-book in the UoA library system or directly from the Springer.