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Fast Facts: Ophthalmology, 2nd edn

By Peter Simcock and
Andre Burger

Published 2015

112 pages, 68 illustrations

ISBN 978-1-908541-72-7



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This fully updated new edition has been designed for ease and speed of use in clinical practice. It will empower you with the knowledge to triage your patients into three main groups: emergencies requiring immediate referral; non-emergencies requiring routine referral; or those with treatable conditions.

Primarily intended for doctors, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and other health professionals involved with eye care within the community, this refreshingly readable handbook discusses the major ophthalmological symptoms in the context of daily clinical practice.


  • Basic eye assessment: history and examination
  • Red eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Other important symptoms
  • Gritty, itchy or watery eyes
  • Abnormal eye appearance and/or eye examination
  • Diabetes, hypertension and systemic medications
  • Eyelid disease
  • Children’s eye problems
  • Eye trauma
  • Useful resources


“This would be a great companion for doctors and nurses in a primary care setting. It would help them to quickly check what they need to assess if a patient presents with an ocular issue, and also which presentations they should be referring to an ophthalmologist. Medical students would find it useful as well. It is well presented and easy to follow.”
Mrs Rupal Lovell-Patel, Course Leader for Optometry & University Teaching Fellow, Anglia Ruskin University

“An excellent book providing well-summarized and easily accessible information. The key points and sections on referral urgency are particularly useful. An invaluable guide for students and practitioners alike.”
Alice Gravett, Optometry student, Aston University

“This very well-set-out handbook is ideal for those involved in triaging eye problems, enabling them to decide what to refer to an optometrist or ophthalmologist, and how urgently.”
The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians

“A great practical book for working in the field. I particularly liked the opportunity to self test online”
Pam Armstrong, President, Australian Ophthalmic Nurses’ Association Victoria

“a fantastic companion for all clinicians involved in primary eye care. The authors accurately describe a variety of common ophthalmological conditions, which are carefully organized in order of their associated symptoms, allowing the reader to quickly identify the problem, thereby facilitating appropriate referral or management.”
Dr Amit N. Jinabhai, Lecturer in Optometry, The University of Manchester

"This book should prove a useful companion for any doctor, optometrist, ophthalmic nurse, or other health professional working in primary care. Chapter one gives a practical technique for the history and examination at the primary level. The subsequent chapters provide succinct overviews of the common eye problems that are likely to be encountered, with key points summarized at the end of each chapter. Dr Simcock and Dr Burger are to be commended for giving us such a useful and practical aid for primary eye care."
Professor Colin Cook MBChB DO MPH FRCOphth FCS(Ophth)SA, Mauerberger Chair of Ophthalmology, University of Cape Town; Head, Division of Ophthalmology, Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital

“a very concise and succinct handbook."
Jorune Suipyte, Medical Science Director, European Medical Students’ Association

Recommended information for patients: - Ophthalmology



The authors

Peter Simcock

MB ChB MRCP FRCS FRCOphth DO, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, West of England Eye Unit, Exeter, Devon, UK

Andre Burger

MB ChB DipEC DipOphth FRCOphth(SA) CESR(UK), Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Mediclinic, Greys/Edendale Hospital Complex, Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa


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