By Joseph W. Sowka, OD, FAAO, Dipl., Andrew S. Gurwood, OD, FAAO, Dipl., Alan G. Kabat, OD, FAAO
Optometry has evolved from what was once a purely visual correction and refractive drugless profession to an
integrated member of the health care team. Therapeutic management of ocular disease has been a part of optometry
for many years, but this has not always been so. It was the forward thinking of one of our mentors, Dr. Lou
Catania that pioneered optometry into the therapeutic arena.
As students of his, we have endeavored through the
publication of The Handbook of Ocular Disease Management to continue and advance Dr. Catania’s work by providing
a concise, peer-reviewed, evidence-based compendium designed to give fellow colleagues a quick reference
when practicing therapeutic optometry. We can all thank Dr. Catania for our ability to treat patients therapeutically.
There always exists the need for optometrists to remain current and enhance their knowledge and education.
Optometrists must commit to lifelong learning. Reading high-quality, peer-reviewed publications is necessary.
Attending continuing education conferences that are free of commercial bias allows optometrists to keep current
and interact, both socially and professionally, with colleagues.
We have always felt that the best way to begin this
commitment to lifelong learning is through the completion of an accredited residency. Residency training not only
provides increased clinical experience, it opens doors and initiates the lifelong learning process. To all optometry
students (and practitioners) reading this manuscript, we strongly encourage you to pursue residency training.
We hope that you enjoy the fourteenth edition of The Handbook of Ocular Disease Management.
Joe, Andy and Al