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Mayo Clinic Guide to Better Vision (3rd Edition)

Preventing and treating disease to save your eyesight

Published by Mayo Clinic Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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About The Book

Having good eyesight is essential for almost every activity we do, but an estimated 93 million adults in the United States are at high risk for serious vision loss.  Mayo Clinic Guide to Better Vision is a comprehensive guide to understanding common vision problems, preventing age-related eye disorders, and keeping your eyes healthy at every stage of life.

As we age, our eyes become more susceptible to common conditions like age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and cataracts. Even younger adults can suffer from painful eye conditions like dry eyes, infected tear ducts, styes, floaters, pink eye, and eye strain. More than 170 million Americans wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct vision problems, and those number is likely to increase. Fortunately, many of these conditions are preventable, treatable, and even reversible.

In Mayo Clinic Guide to Better Vision, Dr. Sophie Bakri, M.D. walks readers through the diagnoses and treatment options associated with these common eye issues, as well as preventive measures for protecting your eyes from eye diseases, retinal disorders, and permanent vision loss. She also shares the best techniques for correcting common vision problems, and provides tools for those currently living with low vision.

Presented through clear, conversational explanations paired with detailed illustrations, photographs, and tables, this book is a practical resource for making the most of your vision by keeping your eyes healthy and your eyesight sharp at any age. 


Table of Contents:


Chapter 1 A look inside 

Parts of the eye 

Age-related changes 

Age-related eye disorders

At a glance: An eye exam 

External exam 

Visual field test 

Visual acuity test 

Refraction assessment 

Slit-lamp examination 

Retinal examination 

Glaucoma test

Chapter 2 Macular degeneration

Close-up look at the retina 

Signs and symptoms 


Risk factors 

Screening and diagnosis 

Dry vs. wet 



At a glance: Imaging the eye 

Color fundus photography

Fluorescein angiography


Optical coherence tomography 

Diagnosing an eye disease 


Chapter 3 Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetes and your eyes

Types of retinopathy 

Signs and symptoms 

Risk factors 

Screening and diagnosis 



Chapter 4 Retinal detachment and other retinal disorders 

Floaters and flashes 

Macular pucker 

Retinal tear and macular hole 

Retinal detachment 

Retinal blood vessel blockage 

Disorders of the optic nerve 

Chapter 5 Glaucoma 

Cell damage 


Signs and symptoms 

Risk factors 

Screening and diagnosis 



Chapter 6 Cataracts

Types of cataracts 

Signs and symptoms 


Risk factors 

Screening and diagnosis 




At a glance: Common eye conditions 


Scleritis and episcleritis 


Eye scratch 

Subconjunctival bleeding



Twitchy eyelids 


Itchy eyelids 

Entropion and ectropion 



Dry eyes 

Overflowing tears 

Infected tear duct 

Chapter 7 Eye conditions affecting children

Common pediatric eye disorders

Uncommon pediatric eye diseases

Chapter 8 Protecting your vision

Get regular eye exams 

Use protective eyewear 

Wear your sunglasses 

Avoid eyestrain 

Use eyedrops effectively 

Quit smoking 

Eat for eye health 

Take the long view

Chapter 9 Correcting vision 

Common vision problems

Corrective lenses

Refractive surgery 

Chapter 10 Living with low vision

Vision rehabilitation

Orientation and mobility training 

Technology and devices 

Taking action 


About The Author

Dr. Sophie Bakri, M.D. is a consultant in the Department of Ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she specializes in treating age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and complex retinal detachments. As a professor of ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Dr. Bakri leads students in both clinical and translational research aimed at understanding and mitigating drug side effects for patients living with retinal disease. She has authored many peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has received an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and an Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. Bakri is listed as one of Becker’s 135 leading ophthalmologists in the United States and was named one of The Ophthalmologist’s Top 50 Rising Stars.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Mayo Clinic Press (November 9, 2021)
  • Length: 216 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781893005730

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