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  • Writer's pictureAtanas Bogoev M.D. and Maria Cholakova

Ophthalmology Resources for Medical Students

For medical students navigating the world of eye care, accessing reliable materials can be a game-changer. Resources can shape the career future of any aspiring ophthalmologist looking for their initial push. If you recognize yourself in this description, here you will find a list of invaluable ophthalmology resources for medical students.

With a diverse range of learning materials, from textbooks to online platforms, you get one step ahead of your peers when preparing, applying, and going into residency.

Top Ophthalmology Resources for Medical Students

1. Summer School of Practical Ophthalmology

ophthalmology camp

The Summer School of Practical Ophthalmology in Prague is a unique opportunity for medical students interested in ophthalmology. The project is a collaborative effort between prestigious universities such as Sorbonne, Heidelberg, Warsaw, Milano, Geneva, and Copenhagen.

Benefits for medical students include:

  • Free of charge summer school

  • Practical experience

  • Innovative learning

  • Networking

Ophthalmology Camp is a platform for aspiring eye doctors to learn from a diverse group of clinicians and surgeons, and expand their theoretical foundations and practical skills. Students can interact with both local experts and visiting faculty, and build valuable connections in the field. The curriculum is accessible, relevant, and engaging. It includes workshops, lectures, and clinical seminars.

Ophthalmology Camp aims to equip the next generation of medical professionals with the knowledge and expertise to address the growing challenges in eye care.

The eligible participants are medical students from 4EU+ Universities in their 5th or 6th year. Even though the summer school is free to attend, expenses for travel and accommodation are not covered.

2. AAO Medical Students Resources


The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) provides free educational resources to medical students, studying in the US. If you are eligible, feel free to register and utilize all the ophthalmology resources for medical students on their website.

The AAO resources include:

  • Interactive cases

  • Interactive Figures

  • "Case of the week"

  • Medical knowledge videos

  • Medical student webinars

  • Guides to exams and more.

3. EyeRounds

eye rounds

EyeRounds is a service by the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. It stands as a dynamic ophthalmology resource for medical students, residents, physicians, and patients.

Medical students can access case reports, tutorials, and multimedia libraries. They can also get real-world examples of ophthalmic diseases from morning rounds. There is also a searchable collection of images and videos that aids visual learners in understanding eye conditions.

4. Tim Root - Virtual Eye Professor

timroot is a website created by Dr. Timothy Root, a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon. The website's goal is to help individuals learn about ophthalmology and optometry in an easy and accessible way.

The resources medical students can find are books, video lectures, flashcards, and audio podcasts.

The video lectures cover different topics related to eye anatomy and eye diseases. The extra learning materials include flashcards, podcasts, and software. Some of the books are free and written at a beginner level. One of the popular books is OphthoBook, which is a bestselling textbook for beginning eye students and can be read online for free.

The website is praised for its beginner-level overview of ophthalmology exam techniques and common diagnoses. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to expand their knowledge.

5. EyeWiki


EyeWiki is a valuable resource for medical students with an interest in ophthalmology. Here’s how it can be helpful:

  • Comprehensive content

  • Interactive learning

  • Ophthalmoscopy guide

  • Authoring opportunity

  • Additional resources

EyeWiki covers a vast spectrum of eye diseases, diagnoses, and treatments. It provides interactive ophthalmic figures for medical student education, illustrating concepts in eye anatomy and functions in an engaging format.

EyeWiki also has a detailed guide on ophthalmoscopy for medical students and primary care physicians. This guide provides tips for teaching the ophthalmoscope exam, which is invaluable for viewing the retina, retinal blood vessels, and optic nerve.

Medical students and eye care professionals can create an EyeWiki author account and contribute content under the supervision of a sponsoring ophthalmologist. EyeWiki also shares videos for medical students based on the Academy’s Basic Ophthalmology textbook, complementing the medical student curriculum in the USA.

6. OCT Practicing Cases


OCTcases offers a platform for honing OCT interpretation skills. This is particularly helpful to aspiring ophthalmologists and medical students. With dozens of practice cases covering macula, RNFL/GCL, and anterior segment OCT, users can delve into real clinical scenarios.

From common pathologies to complex conditions, OCTcases provide a diverse learning experience. This resource is invaluable for learners at all levels, providing high-yield guides and practical insights to boost confidence in OCT interpretation.

7. Flashcards by EyeGuru

flashcards eyeguru provides Anki flashcards based on the Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The flashcards can help aspiring eye doctors learn and revise ophthalmology concepts.

The website has recently released an updated version of the flashcard deck with thousands of new cards and updated content. This resource is extensively beneficial for medical students interested in ophthalmology as it's an interactive way to study and reinforce their knowledge.

8. Youtube Channels


If you are a medical student and a visual learner, there are some ophthalmology YouTube channels you cannot miss:

9. Podcast for Beginning Ophthalmology Residents

ophthalmology podcasts

The hosts of the Eyes for Ears podcast are Dr. Ben Young and Dr. Andrew Pouw. The podcast features “Buddy Call” episodes for clinical skills introductions for junior residents. And “Beyond the Scope” interview episodes highlighting issues relevant to young ophthalmologists. It’s a top-notch resource for anyone preparing for exams or wanting to expand their knowledge.

The Straight from the Cutter's Mouth podcast is an insightful commentary with interviews and perspectives from leaders in vitreoretinal surgery as well as the next generation of retinal specialists. It’s a valuable resource for those who want to gain insights into the field of retina surgery.

10. Ophthalmology Books for Medical Students

open ophthalmology book

More Online Learning Resources

If you want to dig even deeper than the regular ophthalmology resources for medical students, check out our extensive list of online materials for residents and professionals here:

These invaluable tools enrich the learning experience and prepare medical students for the complexities of clinical practice. Explore the resources, broaden your knowledge, and excel in the field of ophthalmology! Good luck.

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If you have questions or simply want to get some specific guidance, feel free to reach out via e-mail or at @atanasbogoev.

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