This monumental and highly recommended work is a tribute to the irrevocable connection between the visual system (eye and brain) and optics. Outstanding benefits in diagnosing, treating and correcting vision improve lives throughout the world. Prime clinical examples include eyeglasses, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, laser refractive surgery, ophthalmic lasers, low-coherence interferometry, optical coherence tomography and adaptive-optics ophthalmoscopes.

In this two-volume set, Artal and his contributors deftly explain the fundaments of geometrical and physical optics, as well as the anatomy, physiological optics, instrumentation and neuroscience related to vision, in a manner that is clear, comprehensive, modern and historically correct in the attribution of credit. The rigorous text is augmented by full-color graphics, clinical images, tables of clinical data, and extensive references. These volumes represent a work in progress and are essential for students in the visual sciences, optometrists, ophthalmologists and developers of medical devices related to the visual system.

Review by Barry R. Masters, Fellow of AAAS, OSA and SPIE. 

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