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
Take a look – what do you all think?