Helgi David Björnsson, MD, a YO member of the OSN Europe Edition Board, focuses his blog on online resources for learning and sharing information and ideas in ophthalmology. Each month, one website or other digital resource will be presented and explored in depth.

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BLOG: Case reports from EyeRounds.org

EyeRounds.org is one of the fastest-evolving websites in ophthalmic education, brought to us free of charge from the team at the University of Iowa that also stands behind Gonioscopy.org and the Iowa Glaucoma Curriculum, which I discussed previously.

EyeRounds is a comprehensive website that covers every aspect of ophthalmology. This vast amount of information can also make the page a little hard to navigate, but it has become much better with the recent renovation it received.

I plan to cover more of EyeRounds in later blog posts, but this time I will focus on one of its most prominent features, the case reports. The case reports are published regularly, with three new cases already published this year. If you want to explore even more cases, you can browse the entire catalog with 249 cases divided into specific categories. Each case begins with a thorough presentation of a patient followed by photos from the clinical examination and test results. Following this, there is a summary and discussion in which you can learn about the diagnosis, how the physicians came to that conclusion and what you should look out for.

The cases are very well made and presented, which makes them a great resource for any practicing ophthalmologist. I find it very refreshing to study a random case that may not necessarily lie within the subspecialty I am most comfortable with. I do need about 15 to 30 minutes per case if I want to understand it thoroughly. The easiest way to stay informed about new cases is to like the EyeRounds’ Facebook page, but you can also follow on Twitter or subscribe via email. If you are unsure where to start, you can look at one of my favorite cases about orbital cellulitis in a 9-year-old girl, or you can check out the latest case, which covers a corneal marginal ulcer.

References:

http://eyerounds.org

https://www.facebook.com/eyerounds/

https://twitter.com/EyeRounds

http://gonioscopy.org

http://curriculum.iowaglaucoma.org/

http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/eyeforum/cases/103-Pediatric-Orbital-Cellulitis.htm

http://webeye.ophth.uiowa.edu/eyeforum/cases/249-corneal-marginal-ulcer.htm

Helgi David Björnsson, MD, runs a website with a collection of his favorite finds on Ophtholinks.com. He can be reached at email: .