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AN INSIGHT INTO THE BASICS OF OCULOPLASTICS

It is aimed primarily at the Post-graduate trainees in oculoplastic surgery as well as general ophthalmologists who wish to learn the basic oculoplastic procedures. Its purpose is to develop an insight into the common oculoplastic problems presenting in the clinics, to promote a systematic clinical approach and to simplify the choice of surgery.

This is a basic atlas and textbook on common oculoplastic problems and offers practical guidelines for their clinical and surgical management. References are given at the end of each chapter to further improve the knowledge of the reader about the subject.

UNDERSTANDING STRABISMUS

The subject of strabismus is like a vast ocean; standing by its shores one cannot assess its full expanse but only by taking a deep plunge into it does one realize its true depth and dimension. I have been a practicing strabismologist for more than 20 years and have been giving lectures to post-graduate trainees and general ophthalmologists, during which I realized a lack of basic understanding of the pathogenesis of strabismus. This formed the foundation of this book. I wanted to develop an insight into this complex problem and to develop a step-wise approach in the treating ophthalmologist.

Although a strabismus surgeon is mainly concerned with “How” to correct the misalignment, it is important to understand “Why” a particular procedure works. This is discussed in detail in Chapter 9, “Basic Surgical Principals”. There is always a choice of surgical options for correcting a particular ocular misalignment and the procedure which gives an easy solution without compromising any other ocular movement should be opted for.

This book presents a simplistic approach to the clinician regarding management of this complex problem. I have tried to develop an insight into the basic pathogenesis and offer a step-wise clinical and surgical management.

This book is helpful to both the under-graduate trainees as well as the general ophthalmologists trying to improve their understanding of strabismus as well as their clinical and surgical skills.