For me, learning clinical optics systematically is pretty challenging - it's something that we as ophthalmologists use every day but probably don't spend a lot of time thinking about how we apply it that often. There are also a lot of disparate concepts that have to somehow be organized in a meaningful manner in my head.
I confess, I'm a huge nerd when it comes to getting new books, especially textbooks. Though I own a print copy of the 7th Edition, I decided to go ahead and buy the 8th Edition of Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach.
The 8th Edition does not list Dr. Jack Kanski as one of the primary editors/authors; instead, the task of updating this work has fallen to one of his colleagues, Dr. Brad Bowling, who did a superb job of maintaining Dr. Kanski's original vision while inserting his own style to present up-to-date evidence-based information about the essential topics of ophthalmology. Having personally relied heavily on the 7th edition during residency and through board review, I've been very eager to review this new text, which was released earlier this year.
If you polled various ophthalmologists, I think that you would find very different opinions about what is considered “essential reading.” For this reason, I am very open to suggestions on what should be added (or subtracted) from this list. For now, this is a list of the textbooks I found most helpful as I began my studies.
Whether you’re learning ophthalmology for the first time or reviewing some topic for the umpteenth time, it’s helpful to have as many tools readily available. While Google makes it easy to search for specific topics, sometimes it’s also nice to have a list on hand. Here are some websites that I’ve found extremely helpful for reviewing ophthalmology topics.