As this second edition goes to press, Wills is moving to its fourth home during its 168-year history. Thus, it is an exciting time and perhaps fitting that this second edition is being published as this transition is being made. In the first edition, we pointed out how many artists have focused on the eye as almost a theme in many of their paintings. Eye disorders, as a matter of fact, can be traced to artists such as Monet who developed cataracts. During the development of these cataracts, his portrayal, for example, of the Japanese footbridge at his home in Giverny, changed considerably.
What has not changed, however, is the importance of visual illustrations of eye diseases. Since our first edition, it has now become quite common to store these images on computer disks, which facilitates storage and organization of the material. As these changes take place, Wills medical staff continues to contribute to the literature and to the collection of photographs in our archives. The second edition of this Atlas contains 11 chapters and over 1400 illustrations, which cover ocular conditions from the front of the eye to the back. As before, we have developed a CD-ROM version of the Atlas complete with animation and voice over, which has been expanded from the first edition.
We hope that readers will find this second effort a helpful resource.