Book review

Media Type: iPhone application

Synopsis: Technological advances have been integrated into the study and practice of ophthalmology for many years. The Eye Handbook capitalizes on the versatility of the iPhone to provide multiple reference, diagnostic, and testing tools in one application. From a searchable coding database to differential diagnosis and ophthalmology mnemonics, the broad range of information contained in this application can be useful for both those beginning their study of ophthalmology as well as for the seasoned practitioner. The testing section provides a helpful resource for those seeing patients outside the office. Because of the ease of expanding the data in this format, future versions can incorporate new information easily.

Target Audience: All eye care professionals.

Review: Dr. Shah has trained in both India and the United States in multiple disciplines including neuro-ophthalmology and vitreoretinal diseases. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications and serves as one of the editors for the American Academy of Ophthalmology “Eye Wiki” social media project. He and the other editors of the Eye Handbook have used their experience with Smartphone technology to provide a unique interface that can be used by any eye care professional as a reference guide, a testing tool for out-of-office exams, and a visual aid for patient education.

This iPhone application is divided into 15 sections covering a broad range of topics. The coding section has searchable CPT and ICD-9 databases while the eye atlas, patient education, and vision symptoms sections provide easily accessible teaching aids and diagrams to help patients understand their conditions. The testing section has a wide array of tools including near vision card, Amsler grid, color plates, cobalt blue and pen lights, ruler, and OKN drums. The calculators, equipment, and treatment areas are excellent references for topics from vertex distance conversion to the strength of fortified antibiotics, as well as descriptions and pictures of most ophthalmic surgical instruments. Other sections offer a standard consent for video or photography, differential diagnosis and mnemonic lists, and results from major ophthalmological studies. Videos are incorporated in the patient education section and in the movies section to use as fixation devices or to engage children during their exams. The sections are easy to navigate so that information and teaching or testing tools are quickly available.

The main criticisms of this application are that some sections have limited information and that it is only available as an iPhone application but not for other Smartphones at this time. The authors acknowledge the application’s initial limitations on their website and make comments regarding the need for modifications, additions, and corrections. They welcome comments, ideas, and suggestions to improve upon the format and data presented. It is clear that they feel that with input and collaboration from the users of this novel instrument, it can continually be improved and expanded. The application is not as comprehensive as more traditional ophthalmology references that are also available as iPhone apps, but it is free while other reference materials can cost up to eighty dollars.

In summary, this Smartphone application provides an easily accessible, user-friendly resource for eye care professionals to have reference, patient education, and exam material at their fingertips. The fact that it is free makes it a “must have” for all ophthalmologists and optometrists with iPhones.

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Jan 17, 2017 | Posted by in OPHTHALMOLOGY | Comments Off on Book review

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