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Book Chapters (and more)

Here are the individual chapters

Chapter 1: History and Physical
Formats: HTML, PDF, and Video
Exam techniques for the non-Ophthalmologist and how to write a proper ophtho-note.
Chapter 2: Basic Eye Anatomy
Formats: HTML, PDF, and Video
Everything from eyelids, cornea, retina, and musculature
Chapter 3: Glaucoma
Formats: HTML, PDF, and Video
Open versus closed-angle glaucoma and how to treat them.
Chapter 4: Retina and Diabetic Retinopathy
Formats: HTML, PDF, and Video
Learn more about this leading cause of blindness and the lasers we use to treat it.
Chapter 5: Eye Infections
Formats: HTML, PDF, and Video
Common eye infections including pink-eye, herpes, chlamydia, blepharitis, and AIDS retinopathy.
Chapter 6: Neurology
Formats: HTML and PDF
Learn the extra-ocular muscle movements, optic neuritis, and temporal arteritis.
Chapter 7: Pediatrics
Formats: HTML and PDF
Kids are tough to examine! Learn about amblyopia, strabismus, leukocoria, and shaken baby.
Chapter 8: Trauma
Formats: HTML and PDF
The bread-and-butter eye injuries you’ll see on a daily basis and in the emergency room.
Chapter 9: Optics
Formats: HTML and PDF
Learn how we check vision and prescribe optics. Astigmatism, presbyopia … it’s all here!
Chapter 10: Lens and Cataracts
Formats: HTML and PDF
All about the lens and how cataract surgery is performed.

Extra Stuff

Here are some additional resources you may find valuable in your studies.

Review Questions
Multiple choice board questions based upon the book.

Online Flashcards!
Over 120 short questions, drawn from our book, broken down by subject and readable online!

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

Recommended Ophthalmology books
Here are some ophtho-books that I’ve read that I think you’ll find most useful in your studies.

Other Online Resources
These are my favorite online sites for ophthalmology. These include atlas sites full of eye pathology and free mp3 audio lectures.


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Very useful! Puts a lot of things in perspective for Med-students! Just wondering when you get the time for all this when you are a full-time Ophthalmologist.
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A med student from the Netherlands here. We havent had any ophthalmology but were expected to study it ourselves. Now i have my internships in it, and this looks incredibly helpful, in a fun and easy way. Way more accesible and fun than reading some books. (although that is always needed ofcourse).

Thank you very, very much!

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I’m a fan! I enjoy reading and reading, its easy to understand and with a big smile! :-D

But i’d wish to read something or everything about “Dry Eye”. Thanks a lot!

Comment by marni — January 21, 2015

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Comment by Dr.Zahra — March 3, 2015

First of all, I must tell you you are incredible, your courses your videos.. everything is just so helpful and informative. I have been studying for my exams using your online video lectures. I liked the slit lamb one because I was the worst among my classmates and now I am perfect in using it.
I thank you for having your time to spread your knowledge. And I wanna ask where can I get your videos, I want them to have them with me whenever I want.
Thank again, and I will always be thankful for your aid.

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OMG, I can’t thank you enough, you are an absolute genius, thank you SO MUCH … I love ophthalmology because of you, the book was a masterpiece, in love with all the videos you have made … you are an ophthalmology legend Dr.

Comment by Shery — May 15, 2015

Thanks alot for beautiful book and chapters.
Very easy to understand.

Comment by wahidsahak — July 30, 2015

Congratulations! I´ve found it very concise and educational. Thank you for sharing.
Greetings from Cordoba, Argentina

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Thank you so much Dr.Tim
I’m from India and if your book was available here I would have definitely purchased it.

Comment by Advait — November 8, 2015

Finishing my ophthalmology round in a few days. Your book has been a wonderful companion. Thank you!

Much love from Alexandria, Egypt ^^

Comment by Enas Kh. — November 20, 2015

thanks doctor ! totally helping !!!!

Comment by nisa — December 29, 2015

This is the best introduction to ophtalmology, im a resident of internal medicine and it has help me a lot to diagnose and know when to send to an ophtalmologist.

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