The Ophthalmic Surgical Assistant

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SLACK Incorporated, 1999 - Medical - 125 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Preoperative Counseling and Informed Consent
1
Ophthalmic Diagnostic Testing An Overview
5
Anesthesia and Pharmacology
11
Disinfection and Sterilization Techniques
17
Preoperative Scrubbing Gowning and Gloving Procedures
25
Operative Setup Ophthalmic Draping and Sterile Technique
33
Handle with Care Microsurgical Instrument Preparation
39
Oculoplastics Lids Lacrimal System and Removal of the Eye
47
Cornea
65
Refractive Surgery
79
Glaucoma
87
Cataract
93
Retina and Vitreous
101
Bibliography
107
Abbreviations and Acronyms
111
Index
121

Extraocular Muscles
57

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About the author (1999)

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.

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