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Everyone learns differently, so it’s hard to predict the best approach for your studies. Personally, I prefer small read-though books (like this one) that I can finish in a reasonable time and feel like I “accomplished something.” Others seem to prefer larger reference books and then home-in on specific topics as they encounter them in clinic.

Here’s a collection of books that I’ve read that I think you’ll find useful if you want to continue your ophthalmic studies.

Medical Student Books

The hardest part of your studies is getting a handle on this material. Ophthalmology is completely different than the rest of medicine, so you don’t have any scaffolding to build from. All of this is new, so you should probably start with a short book that you can read front-to-back, then expand with more in-depth material.

book-ridsimple.jpgOphthalmology Made Ridiculously Simple
A favorite book of mine that I carried throughout my medical school rotations. I especially liked the short length and inexpensive price. The book is well written but with different emphasis than the book you’re holding. The author wrote the neurology rid-simple book as well, so that portion is great. The latest edition has a CD-ROM with a small photo-atlas and short surgery videos. Overall, a good booklet for your collection.

book-bcsc.jpgBCSC Ophthalmology
This book is written by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is geared toward medical students. As residents, we read a larger 13-book set by the same authors. This might make a good second book to peruse, but I don’t really like it as a primary text as the entire series reads like an encylopedia. It is more useful for the beginning resident who can use this intro book to branch into the other 13 books of the series.

Resident books

The emphasis for a new ophtho resident is a little different … not only must you get up to speed quickly, you also need to do well on your OKAP in-service exam. Here are my suggestions for necessary reading:

book-secrets.jpgOphthalmology Secrets
Probably the greatest ophthalmology book ever written for residents: high yield, easy-to-read question format, and comprehensive. Makes the perfect preparation for the OKAPs. Not great to read during the first 4 months of residency – I read the book the first month and very little of the info “stuck” that early in my training. Now the book is golden!

book-bcscc.jpgThe BSCS Series
An enormously long and dry series written by the authors of the OKAPS. The books have great photos and diagrams but the text is mind-numbingly dry. Like a dictionary, this text is all-inclusive, but not quite deep enough to be interesting. The books do end with board-style questions that are quite useful to review prior to the OKAPS.

book-chern.jpgChern’s Review Questions
The easiest of the question books, and well written. Read this one first, then consider delving into more challenging review books like PreTest and the Mass Eye and Ear series.


Another great book is the pocket sized, softcover Pocket Atlas of Ophthalmology published by Thieme out of Germany, full of excellent pictures, diagrams, and a very concise text:

T. Schlote, J. Rohrbach, M. Grueb, J. Mielke, Pocket Atlas of Ophthalmology | | 2007.
http://www.thieme.com/ebooklibrary/flexibook/pubid-1982025126/index.html – 32k -

Comment by Future Ophtho Resident — January 29, 2009

Thanks a lot this is really helpful. I have Ophthalmo MRS but too bad it is not enough for what we are expected to know at our school. I think ill buy the second one on the list.

Comment by prep4md — April 29, 2009

hello..i m doing mbbs….i jst enterd into prefinal…i have to read opthomology subject this year…can u tell me which is d best book for undergraduates….

wating eagerly!!!!1

Comment by priya — June 23, 2009

These are the people he feels at ease with, whose working methods he respects. ,

Comment by Daddy44 — October 10, 2009

“The Ophthalmology
Examinations Review” have you had this book?

Comment by Dr. Bayasgalan — August 29, 2010

i need a book that thought especialy about how to manufest a patient with the use of foropter(tial lens set).i’m doing my pratical on optics and i want to know that very well.i need pratical book on optics.how prescribe lens after manufesting a patient eyes.thanks!

Comment by patrick chris — July 5, 2011

I am looking for good study material to review for my COA exam. I love your no nonsense approach packed full of information presented with just the right amount of humor to keep your mind from going numb. This approach is a fresh breath to my studies. I wondered if you or any of your readers could recommend a good study guide for the Certified Ophthalmic Assistant exam. I see your recommendations above but they seem directed most towards the physician, are they a good purchase for study as an assistant taking the exam?

Comment by Lynn Heidelberg — July 9, 2011

Plz can u suggest me a appropriate book for optometry student

Comment by samuel giggs — September 19, 2013

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