Week 14 Reading Assignment and Statistics
||Orbits, Eyelids, and Lacrimal System 1-10
||Anatomy, orbital disease and surgery, eyelid disorders
||Neuro 12-14; Retina 1-2
||Pain, nonorganic vision loss, systemic diseases; retinal anatomy and electrophysiology
||293-370 (Neuro); 5-32 (Retina)
*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.
Week 14 Overview
Another week, another new book. This is a pretty long read if you’re following the AAO’s reading plan – 172 pages! There are a lot of orbital and eyelid diseases, so trying to read through most of it in one week can be pretty tough. It might be a good idea to use additional resources, especially atlases, to get a better idea of what each type of lump/bump on the eyelid looks like. There’s a lot of pathology to learn as well, so it can be helpful to crack open the Pathology textbook during this time as well.
As far as finishing up the Neuro book and starting Retina goes, the final chapter of the Neuro book is pretty important – lots of essential information. Since many of those conditions are “stuff that can kill you or blind you” sorts of things, you should know them intimately well.
The AAO Plan:
Managing orbital and eyelid diseases starts with being able to accurately describe the lesion (clinically, radiographically, histopathologically). Since many of these lesions look similar, it’s also important to have a differential diagnosis based on the appearance, location, and behavior of each lesion type. Of course, surgical management and knowing how to approach the lesion is helpful too.
Ophthalmology Review’s Plan:
Many neuro-ophthalmic diseases have systemic involvement; hence, this chapter. It’s one to know really well, as ophthalmologists may end up diagnosing systemic diseases from their visual manifestations. This principle holds throughout the course of studying the material, not just in the Neuro book. The “fundamentals of retina” chapters are also very important, as previously discussed.
Week 14 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):