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Ophthalmology – An eye app review

Posted By Rachel A. Hollar CRA OCT-C, Thursday, September 19, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013
I do not know if you all realize it or not but we hold in our hand/pocket/car coffee holder the compendium of the world's knowledge – anything we need to know, right at the tip of our fingers! On our smart phones!

I refer to the act of rooting for answers on my phone as "consulting the oracle”. Since it is so incredibly easy to become distracted by cute puppies lost (distracted?), developers have clumped together like-topics into apps, so that we all can better focus on what we need to do.

There are so many applications out there for ophthalmology the Eye Handbook is probably the most comprehensive (dense) app I have seen. However, that is not what I will be reviewing here...

The app simply named, Ophthalmology, available for android platforms only, is what I have spent some time looking into. It is a very simple to use program that provides what I would call a cursory overview of some of the more common issues med-students would encounter, either in the clinic setting or on exam. There are three main segments to the program: Ocular Disorders, Ocular Examinations and a Quiz.

There are many sub-menus under ocular disorders and ocular examinations. Each of these sub-menus is broken down further into more specific topics. These sub topics often present? a note-card style delivery of brief facts that allows the reader to quickly familiarize themselves with that particular issue. Some of these notes also include diagrams, links to YouTube videos or even photos, illustrating the concept or issue being discussed.

The quiz is broken down into two sections: MCQs and Slide Shows. The list of multiple choice questions works on a self-grading system. The software presents the question, listing the answers below. The viewer takes the time to choose an answer and can ask the program to reveal the answer, or move onto the next question.

This free app seems like a great start to a useful reference tool. It is nowhere close to complete or comprehensive but the information is well organized and concise – a good foundation.

Take a look – what do you all think?


Tags:  app  blog  cute  education  Ice Breakers  Interactive  Meaningful Use  PDC  Vision app 

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