One of the things I wish I had available to me when I was starting to learn ophthalmology was a list of resources.  I asked around and polled my fellow residents and attendings to find out what textbooks to buy, what question banks to use, etc.  I also turned to Google and was disappointed to find that there really wasn’t a whole lot of demand for learning ophthalmology (go figure).  I read reviews on Amazon about various books, and then for the books I couldn’t check out from my residency program’s medical library, I basically took a gamble.

Although I don’t feel like I wasted a ton of money on textbooks, etc., I still think it would be nice to have site that lists out all of those resources and helps me make an informed choice about whether or not to make a purchase.

That’s what I hope this section of the website will accomplish.  Whether you’re just beginning your ophthalmology residency or brushing up for the MoC exams or just wanting to get a refresher on ophthalmology, I hope it will be helpful to see lists of websites, textbooks, tools, etc. with detailed commentary on each, so that you can get a better sense of whether to drop $250 on that textbook or spend hours reading that website.  It’ll be slow-going (my first review post took about 5-6 hours to put together), but I have high hopes that this will be useful to you all.


As full disclosure, I have not gotten a chance to fully review all of these resources – it’s on my list of things to do, and with many of these textbooks I currently don’t have the capital to purchase all of these books. However, I do want to still aggregate all of these books together so that as you’re trying to decide what books to get, there’s at least a working list of available texts on the subject.


Glaucoma, Second Edition

Shaarawy TM, Sherwood MB, Hitchings RA, Crowston JG. Glaucoma, 2nd ed. London: Saunders Ltd., 2014.

This 2-volume text provides a comprehensive summary of glaucoma, with considerations for management in various clinical situations. I have not gotten a chance to read through the bulk of this book yet, but it appears quite detailed and may be a good reference for those who manage a lot of glaucoma in their clinical practice.

Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology: Glaucoma

Rhee DJ. Color Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology: Wills Eye Institute: Glaucoma (Wills Eye Institute Atlas Series), 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2012.

Basic and Clinical Science Course: Glaucoma

Girkin CA, ed. Basic and Clinical Science Course, Section 10: Glaucoma, 2017-2018 ed. San Francisco: American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2017.



Atlas of Gonioscopy

Alward WLM. Atlas of Gonioscopy. University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum

Alward WLM. Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum. University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.




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