Here are some additional eye resources you might enjoy:

Eye Basics 101Eye Basics Audio Course

A short podcast I began to review the basics of ophthalmology … there are only two episodes so far, but they are each an hour long and pretty darn awesome. Stream or download them and listen while you commute!

Episode 1: The Basic Eye Exam
Episode 2: Eye Anatomy

Picture of a stack of flashcardsOphthalmology Flashcards

Over 120 short questions, drawn from OphthoBook, broken down by subject and readable online! Here is the entire flashcard collection, or view them by category:

PIcture of J. Lawton Smiths audio courseJ. Lawton Smith’s Audio Course

The greatest resource for residents learning about neuroophthalmology. Doctor Smith is an ophthalmologist who recorded an entire audio course about neurologic eye disease.  The series is fantastic, but only recommended for advanced residents (this is too complicated for a new student).

You can download the lectures as MP3s directly from the NOVEL project website.

The download page is hard to find: after following the above link, click “enter the collection”, then click “Dr. Smith’s original outline.” You’ll find a list of lectures … you can download them by right-mouse clicking the links and choosing “Save Target As …”

There are a ton of abbreviations used in ophthalmology. Here is an exhaustive list we’ve compiled to decode your eye-notes.


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  6. This`is`great for ophthalmic assistants who are beginners! I’ve been in this field for eight years and I learned alot from this site. Thanks Doctor!

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  8. This book is ideal for an iPod Touch or iPhone application. I’d pay up to $10 for this. With time, drawings could be accompanied with photographs of real cases thus making it more valuable.

  9. An absolutely excellent resource for medical students. Simply delivered, yet comprehensive and with humour thrown in to make it all the more enjoyable. It’s just a shame such resources aren’t available for other disciplines.

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  11. Hello from your neighbor to the north. THIS WEBSITE ROCKS. I’m taking my ophthalmic assistant exam and the textbook provided leaves me asking a lot of questions. Your website has been an essential resource in my studies and I thank you so much that it’s available to everyone. AMERICANS ROCK!!!!

  12. Hey from Sultanate of Oman..

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  13. Thank you for putting together this website! What a great way to learn. I have used your videos to help me impress my boss 😉

  14. I am so thankful for you and this sight 🙂 you have helped me so much during our ophtha rotation 🙂 I even recommended this sight to my fellow junior interns 🙂 God bless!

  15. Where are the board review questions? Also, not sure if you still manage the site, but organizing the flashcards either in a printable format or using an electronic format where you can skip to the next card would be better than continuously pressing the back button.

  16. I’m planning on going into Ophthalmology after I receive my Associates and I think it’s best to get a head start learning about the field. I found your website yesterday after watching some videos on Youtube and I already feel like I’ve learned so much. Thanks for your dedication and God bless!

  17. I’m a medical student from the Caribbean (Trinidad & Tobago)..the book and the videos made ophthalmology so much easier to understand and grasp. Thanks a million.

  18. I’m studying for my skill test to become a COT and this materials are awesome!!!! You explain everything so easy!!!!


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