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Practical Emergency Ophthalmology Handbook: An Algorithm Based Approach to Ophthalmic Emergencies

This book is extremely helpful for a new starter / clinician in ophthalmology emergency services. However, to understand the algorithms and the explanations, the clinician would need a good knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology of the eye and...

Will COVID-19 impact the selection of ophthalmology as a career choice by medical students?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had profound effects on medical education and has called for large shifts in the medical curriculum. Clinical attachments were suspended at the height of the pandemic and examinations were cancelled or were moved to an online...

Basic and Clinical Science Course: Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology 2019-2020 (updated textbooks)

The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) has updated a few more books for the 2019-2020 version of their textbooks. They come with the same clean matt finish, but the colour scheme is a bright sunshine yellow instead of green. Although...

World Clinics in Ophthalmology Series: Innovations in Primary Open Angle Glaucoma

This two volume publication about current innovations in primary open angle glaucoma has persevered to come out with a comprehensive review of the latest publications in the world of glaucoma. The list of contributors includes clinicians from the field of...

How accurate is the supplement content in both generic and branded ophthalmology supplements?

This prospective cross-section study compared the concentrations of Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Copper in five dietary supplements including both national and regional brands used for macular degeneration in the United States. They performed a comparative analysis using gas...

A trainee’s guide on how to prepare for the digital age of ophthalmology

As the pandemic rolls on, the past year has left many ophthalmic departments in disarray with ever-lengthening patient waiting-lists and increasing challenges in service delivery. Areas such as virtual clinics, telephone / video consultations have had to mature rapidly to...

From the seas to OCTs, a journey from working in TV to creating teaching in ophthalmology

To relaunch our Allied Professionals section, Paul Dimmock from Gloucestershire discusses his unique role with the Gloucestershire Retinal Education Group. In Gloucestershire we have a collection of ophthalmic-targeted departments led by Professor Peter Scanlon, Clinical Director of the NHS Diabetic...

From novice to overnight on-calls: developing an ophthalmology bootcamp to ease the learning curve for new trainees

Introduction My first ophthalmology on-call was nine years ago and it was a fairly traumatic experience. I was an FY2 in a Welsh district general hospital and I was on my own – at least, that’s how it felt to...

‘Getting a head start’: ways medical students can boost their chances of entering ophthalmology training

Ophthalmology is one of the most competitive medical specialities in the UK, with 3.74 applicants per place in 2018 [1]. Given the competitive nature of this highly specialised field, medical students who are interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology...

ChatGPT cannot pass FRCOphth examinations: implications for ophthalmology and large language model artificial intelligence

Large language models are generating a lot of hype for artificial intelligence, but can they assist patients and practitioners in ophthalmology? Introduction Deep learning (DL) has emerged in ophthalmology as an exciting form of artificial intelligence (AI) most commonly applied...

Hot debates in medical retina and imaging: Perspectives from the Controversies in Ophthalmology 2020 virtual conference

Controversies in medical retina and imaging were debated during the Controversies in Ophthalmology 2020 virtual conference held during two mid-day scientific sessions on 27 and 28 March 2020. The author recounts key perspectives and presents viewpoint recommendations from the Vision...

Are illness perception or personality factors associated with follow-up appointment attendance in neuro-ophthalmology?

This was a prospective study which surveyed adults with appointments in either neuro-ophthalmology or the glaucoma service at a tertiary clinic. The aim of the study was to identify factors linked to attendance of follow-up appointments. Recruitment occurred over a...