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Eye Care Websites

16_eyecareassistantlg.jpg ANYONE can put information on the Internet. As a health care provider, you must carefully select and evaluate health information before using it to treat patients or letting it influence how you perform your duties. Use the evaluating sources section to help you determine the credibility of Web sites. A great test is to ask yourself, "Would I want myself or someone that I care deeply about to be treated based on this information?" If the answer is "no," don't include the information in your academic projects either!

Associations & Organizations

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public

Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO)
ATPO's Mission is to provide, expand, and support scientific and educational opportunities for allied health personnel in ophthalmology, and to act as an advocate for its members and the profession

Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO)
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) was established as a not-for-profit organization in 1969 to offer certification and continuing education opportunities to ophthalmic allied health personnel

Abbreviations, Atlases, Dictionaries and Handbooks

Medical Abbreviations
A-Z list from Taber's Medical Dictionary

MedTerms Medical Dictionary
Includes abbreviations

Merriam-Webster Online
Includes medical dictionary, thesaurus, Spanish-English, unabridged, visual, and ESL

Merck Manual Consumer version

Merck Manual Professional Edition (Index)

Career & Resume Resources

COD's Career & College Information Collection (CCIC)
Located on the second floor of the Library (3rd floor of the SRC building), CCIC provides online and print information on educational opportunities, occupational choices and job-seeking skills. This multimedia collection can assist you in planning for your educational, career and employment goals. Resources cover writing resumes & cover letters, preparing for certification exams, preparing for job interviews, and occupational information (salaries/wages and job outlook)

Diagnostic Medical Test Resources

small yellow star.jpgLab Tests Online
Designed to help the patient or caregiver better understand that many clinical lab tests are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of conditions and diseases. The site is a collaboration of professional societies representing the lab community

Laboratory Testing
Produced by pathologists, this site offers access to interpretations of laboratory tests and surgical pathology reports. A wealth of information about diseases, tests, and laboratory procedures

Merck Manual: Common Medical Tests
Provides the normal test result ranges for blood tests as well as a chart of diagnostic procedures, body area tested and descriptions

Electronic Drug & Pharmacy Resources

Micromedex Health Care Series 
MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations, drug dosages and interactions, drug product identification, reproductive risks, toxicity management, alternative medicine/herbal preparations information, acute/emergency care guidelines, drug, disease and condition information for patients, laboratory test information, dosage calculators, nomograms, and references

CenterWatch Clinical Trials Listing Service
Includes information on new drug therapies in research and those recently approved by the FDA

Maintained by the National Library of Medicine, this site provides high quality drug information including FDA approved labels (package inserts). It is designed to supply health information providers and the public with a standard, comprehensive, up-to-date, look-up and download resource of medication content and labeling as found in medication package inserts
A drug information database for consumers and medical professionals, providing information about prescription and over-the-counter medications, treatment notes for specific diseases and conditions, and topical articles and news related to pharmaceuticals

MEDLINEplus National Library of Medicine
Information on thousands of prescription and over-the-counter medications provided through two drug resources -- MedMaster, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), and the USP DI Advice for the Patient, a product of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP)

RxList - The Internet Drug Index
Contains a database of approximately 5,000 product names that is updated regularly including professional monographs derived from FDA approved labeling and patient-oriented monographs
Easy-to-read information on more than 800 drugs sponsored by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)

Eye Images

Atlas of Ophthalmology
A public online database, free of charge, edited by specialists in the field

General Medical Information Websites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides users with credible, reliable health information on topics such as: data and statistics; diseases and conditions; emergencies and disasters; environmental health; healthy living; injury, violence and safety; life stages and populations; travelers' health; workplace safety and health; and much more. This site contains information appropriate for adults, teens and kids

small yellow star.jpgMEDLINEplus
Provides access to 900+ health topics, medical encyclopedias and dictionaries, and links to self-help groups, clinical trials, preformulated PubMed searches, lists of hospitals and physicians, health and information in Spanish and other languages. Includes listings of diseases & conditions by body system.

small yellow star.jpgMedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support clinical decision making. Content is designed for practicing medical professionals and includes diagnostic medical images. Free Registration to MedScape is required. To go straight to an entry in this resource, try Googling the word emedicine and your disease/condition (i.e. emedicine pertussis).

Useful Eye Care Assistant Websites

The following websites have been recommended by faculty and the health science librarian as useful for student assignments and professional practice.

American Academy of Ophthalmology: EyeSmart (Information for Patients and the Public)
EyeSmart educates the public about the importance of eye health and empowers them to preserve healthy vision. Through EyeSmart, AAO provides the most trusted and medically accurate information about eye diseases, conditions and injuries. AAO urges everyone to know their risk factors for these health concerns and to understand how ophthalmologists protect sight and empower lives

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
The organization's goals are to advance the quality of children's eye care, support the training of pediatric ophthalmologists, support research activities in pediatric ophthalmology, and advance the care of adults with strabismus

CDC: Common Eye Disorders
The leading causes of blindness and low vision in the United States are explored

C.R.I.S. Community Resource Information System [DuPage County]
A fast and easy way to obtain basic information on social service programs throughout DuPage County [Mozilla Firefox browser is recommended, Internet Explorer may not display correctly]

DuPage County Health Department
Promotes physical and emotional health; prevents illness and disability; protects health from environmental risk factors; and strives to assure the provision of accessible, quality services. Web site topics include: asthma, depression, bioterrorism, consumer services, dental services, DuPage safe food site, environmental health services, mental health services and men's and women's health sites

Eye Resources on the Internet
This site containing an extensive list of Internet eye sites was compiled on behalf of the Association of Vision Science Librarians and is maintained by Trish Duffel at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO)
An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

MedlinePlus: Health Topics: Eyes and Vision
An extensive list of eye and vision related health topics compiled by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

National Eye Institute (NEI)
Dedicated to vision research that saves sight & reduces visual impairment & blindness

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
OSHA creates and enforces workplace safety standards.

Spectrios Institute for Low Vision
Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, formerly Deicke Center for Visual Rehabilitation, helps individuals *regardless of income* with vision loss (from macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other conditions) lead full and productive lives via vision aiding devices and the latest technologies designed to maximize vision

Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) -- Illinois State Library
The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) provides audio and braille library service via mail or digital download to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability. As the Regional Library, TBBS acts as the liaison to the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) and circulates books to all residents enrolled in the Talking Book and Braille Service.

United States Department of Health & Human Services
The United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

Wheaton Lions Club
The Wheaton Lions Club helps the visual and hearing impaired in a variety of ways.