Library services & resources for Ophthalmology and Eye Care

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital and gives details of selected content available in
Ophthalmology & Eye Care
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon
Click here to visit our main library website.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources
please email


17/05/2023 New ebook content added
Contact Lens Practice
Low Vision : Principles and Management
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

02/05/2023 New ebook content added
Steinert’s Cataract Surgery
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

18/04/2023 New ebook content added
Training in Ophthalmology
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

31/01/2023 New ebook content added
Introduction to Visual Optics 
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

If you need an search assistance or training on the use of resources please 
contact Discovery Library.

You can also undertake How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning modules – you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access.

AMED (via Ovid)– allied and complementary medicine including palliative care
BNI (via Proquest)– nursing, midwifery and community healthcare
CINAHL (via Ebsco)– nursing and allied health
Embase (via Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
Emcare (via Ovid) – nursing and allied health
HMIC (via Ovid) – healthcare management
Medline (via Ovid or via EBSCO)- biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature
PsycINFO (via Proquest) – psychological, social, behavioral sciences.
Social Policy and Practice (via Ovid)- health and social care

To access the NHS subscribed databases you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search Cochrane Library
    Collection of databases incl:

    -Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    -Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

    Cochrane Clinical Answers

    that can be searched simultaneously and contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

  • Search PubMed
    Free resource which contains more than 33 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    To identify locally held content when searching use the following organisation specific links
  • University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Livewell SW and Plymouth General Practice staff
    (please note the logo currently only mentions Livewell and plymouth general practice but ALL Devon general practice and ICB staff can also use)
  • South Western Ambulance SWAST
  • South Central Ambulance

    These links include an local organisation logo on the right-hand side of each record. Clicking the logo will check article availability or offer a request form.
    To access the content linked you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search NHS Library and Knowledge Hub (Guide)
    Whilst it is advisable to search the databases above for more detailed and systematic searches, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be used for more simple searches to find a couple of papers on a simple topic.

    To access content on the Library and Knowledge Hub you will need an
    NHS OpenAthens account.

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How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

BMJ Best Practice- (Help and training resources)

Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here).

Clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (provided by NICE)-
Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations and regular updates to all topics

DynaMed (Help pages and tutorial)
clinical decision support tool with quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Trip Pro Database
clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.


‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. 

Note you will need a UHP OpenAthens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS OpenAthens account.


For each option you should either be able to

  • Access the fulltext of the article where we have a subscription to journal or
  • Complete a form to request a copy of an article not held
  • The ARTICLE TITLE via the Knowledge and Library Hub (Guide)

    If you have the article title please copy and paste into the main search box of the hub.
    If the title is a short title using common healthcare terms, then you might want to add the Author name and/or Journal title to the search to specify your chosen article.


    A Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.
    It is usually in the format:
    The bit in italics which starts all DOIs can be ignored- please copy and paste the rest of your specific into the search box.

    A PubMed identifier (PMID) is a unique value assigned to each PubMed record usually 8 digits long

The search only includes journals for which organisation has a subscription.
If a journal is embargoed the embargoed article will still be listed but when you click to access content you will receive a article request form rather than the fulltext.

  • BROWSER EXTENSION to check all scholarly pages for local access via Nomad

Please note: On University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell SW networked machines IT have already made Nomad automatically available via Microsoft Edge.
You will need to manually download to any other browsers you use on NHS Personal Device

Selected Ophthalmology and Eye Care journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

JournalCoverage Notes
Acta ophthalmologica2008- 
American Journal of Ophthalmology2007- 
American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports2016- 
Archives of the Spanish Society for Ophthalmology2007- 
BMC Ophthalmology2001- 
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
British Journal of Ophthalmology1917- 
Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology2007- 
Case Reports in Ophthalmology2010 
Clinical and experimental ophthalmology2000- 
Clinical and experimental optometry1997- 
Clinical Ophthalmology2007- 
Clinical Optometry2009- 
Clinical Optometry2009- 
Contact Lens & Anterior Eye2007- 
Current Medical Literature: Ophthalmology2011- 
Digital Journal of Ophthalmology2010- 
Experimental Eye Research2010- 
Eye1987-Print on shelf 74 @ Discovery Library, Derriford
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology1953- 
International Journal of Ophthalmology2008- 
Journal of AAPOS2007- 
Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery2015



Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery Online Case Reports2013- 
Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research 2006- 
Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection2011- 
Journal of Ophthalmology2009- 
Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus1964- 
Journal of Refractive Surgery1985- 
Journal of Vision2001- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Ocular Surface2007- 
Ophthalmic and physiological optics1997- 
Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina 1976- 
Ophthalmology and Eye Diseases2009- 
Ophthalmology Science 2021-
Ophthalmology Times1998- 
Optician, The2003- 
Primary Care Optometry News2008- 
Survey of Ophthalmology2007- 

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SWIMS Library Catalogue

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select
‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’
to limit your search to print books held at Discovery Library, Derriford.
The shelfmark will correspond with shelf in library collection.

If you are unable to visit the library in person please email to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and Devon GP and ICB staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS OpenAthens login to to access ebooks.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request
(Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected ophthalmology ebooks listed below.

Click title to login with your Athens account

TitleYearEditionFirst author
Adler’s Physiology of the Eye201111thLevin
Age-Related Macular Degeneration2022Li
Atlas of Retinal OCT2018 Goldman
Cataract Surgery : Pearls and Techniques2021Liu
Choroidal Disorders2017 Chaablani
Clinical Cases in Uveitis2021Sandhu
Clinical Ophthalmology – see Kanski’s Clinical Ophthalmology   
Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care20215thElliott
Clinical vision science : a concise guide to numbers, laws, and formulas2020 Schmidtmann
Colour Atlas of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery20184thTyers
Contact lens complications20194thEfron
Contact Lens Practice20244thEfron
Diseases and Disorders of the Orbit and Ocular Adnexa2017 Fay
Drug-Induced Ocular Side Effects 20218thFraunfelder
Endoscopic Surgery of the Orbit2021 Sindwani
The Eye20215thForrester, J. V.
Eye emergencies: the practitioner’s guide.20152ndField, Dorothy
Fast Facts :Ophthalmology20152ndSimcock
Fundamentals in Ophthalmic Practice2020 Liu
Gass’ Atlas of Macular Diseases20125th Agarwal
Glaucoma (2 vols)20152ndShaarawy
Handbook of Retinal OCT: Optical Coherence Tomography 20222ndDuker
Introduction to Visual Optics 2024Strong
Kanski’s clinical ophthalmology: a systematic approach20209thSalmon
Kanski’s Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology20224thSalmon
Key Clinical Topics in Ophthalmology2020Azarbod
Lecture Notes: Ophthalmology201712thJames
Liu, Volpe, and Galetta’s neuro-ophthalmology: diagnosis and management20193rdLiu
Low Vision : Principles and Management2024Dickinson
Massachusetts eye and ear infirmary illustrated manual of ophthalmology20215thFriedman
MCQs for FRCOphth Part 12023Rufai
Moorfields Manual of Ophthalmology 20193rdJackson
The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide20182ndPane
Ocular Pathology20208thYanoff
Ocular Pathology Case Reviews2015 Azari
Ocular Telehealth 2022Maa
Operative Techniques in Vitreoretinal Surgery2022Bhavsar
The Ophthalmic Assistant202211thStein
Ophthalmology at a Glance20142ndOlver
Ophthalmology Secrets20225thGault
Orbital Imaging2015 Midyett
Oxford Handbook of Ophthalmology20184thDenniston
Pickwell’s Binocular Vision Anomalies2022Evans
Pocket Tutor: Ophthalmology 20182ndBorooah
Refractive surgery20203rdAzar
The retinal atlas20172ndFreund
Ryan’s retina20187thSadda
Ryan’s Retinal Imaging and Diagnostics2013 Sadda
Sports Vision2022Erickson
Steinert’s Cataract Surgery20234thGarg
Taylor and Hoyt’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus20226thLyons
Techniques in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery20212ndNerad
Training in Ophthalmology2022Sundaram
Video Atlas of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery20162ndKorn
Viva and OSCE Exams in Ophthalmology : A Revision Study Guide2020 Fung
Whitcup and Nussenblatt’s Uveitis 20225thWhitcup

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