Preface to Third Edition

It is a pleasure to welcome two new authors who have contributed to the third edition of "Common Eye Diseases": Peter Galloway and Andrew Browning. Six years have passed since the last edition but even in this relatively short time there have been significant advances in the diagnosis and management of eye disease and an update has become necessary. Each author has taken a block of chapters for revision and, where needed, illustrations have been added or removed. Apart from the four main authors, I am indebted to Mr Roland Ling for his invaluable work on the chapter on the retina and once again to Professor Rubinstein for his help with the chapter on contact lenses.

The original aims of the book have not been changed. It remains as a textbook for medical students and those starting a career in ophthalmology, but also for those in primary care who are likely to deal with eye problems, including nurses, optometrists and general practitioners.

It has been the intention to keep explanations as simple and nontechnical as possible without losing scientific accuracy; more detailed accounts should be sought in the larger textbooks. An updated reference list for further reading is given at the end of the book. An internet version of this edition is being planned and, in order to keep down the retail price, some financial help is needed. For this we are grateful for the interest of Pfizer Ltd, whose policy of educational support has allowed this edition to go forward at its present low price.

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