Week 30 Reading Assignment and Statistics
|Reading Plan||Book/Chapters||Topics||Pages||Total Pages||Pages/Day|
|AAO*||Optics 3-7||Bifocals, low vision aids, principles of refraction, contact lenses, intraocular lenses, refractive surgery principles, optics of ophthalmic instruments, surgical microscope||129-251||122||18|
|Ophthalmology Review**||Pathology 7-15||Anterior chamber, trabecular meshwork, sclera, lens, vitreous, retina, RPE, uvea, eyelids, orbit, optic nerve||101-260||160||23|
*The AAO reading schedule is based off the 2015-2016 BCSC series, available starting June 15, 2015.
**My reading schedule is based off the 2012-2013 BCSC series, as I do not own the new editions.
Note: I rearranged the pathology review calendar to condense pathology into 3 weeks. In the original reading plan, less reading was assigned to allow for more time for review of other sections.
Week 30 Overview
In this week, you’ll be continuing Clinical Optics if you’re following the AAO’s plan, and you’ll be continuing Ophthalmic Pathology if you’re following ours.
The AAO Plan:
Hopefully by this point in the year you’ll have gotten at least a rudimentary understanding and comfort in refraction. There always seems to be some test questions involving contact lenses (not always true), but understanding some basic principles of contacts will help you not only test-wise, but also in case you or a family member has questions or issues about their contacts. From a practical standpoint, I don’t know many ophthalmologists who enjoy doing their own contact lens fitting and prescribing (I think they typically defer this to optometrists or opticians). But, because contact lenses are a very helpful tool in the arsenal of the ophthalmologist, it’s still important to know how to calculate or arrive at the correct contact lens fit and prescription.
Again, the BCSC may go into too much detail about the principles and applications of clinical optics, but because it’s a section that comprises a decent portion of both the OKAP exam and board exams (both written and oral), it’s important to do some sort of optic review, especially right before the test.
Ophthalmology Review’s Plan:
This is a pretty hefty reading section, but reason I crammed so many pages into this week’s reading is because it should mostly be review (you should have read through most of the diseases already), the reading is well-organized and highly image-focused (so less reading and more looking at pictures), and we can get through all of the material with enough time to leave for review.
Pathology is a highly visual section, and many of the pathology questions on all of the tests will be in the form of images. If there is a condition where you are struggling to understand the images, find other resources like Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology, Yanoff’s Ocular Pathology, or Eagle’s Eye Pathology for texts, or Mission For Vision, the University of Iowa’s EyeRounds, or other online resources.
Week 30 Tips and Helpful Resources
For tips and resources on reading these sections, please check out the following pages (I will be working on developing more content for this section):