Library services & resources for Ophthalmology and Eye Care

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books   Athens   

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.
Click here to visit our main library website.
If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Optical settings

Royal College of Ophthalmologists
COVID-19 clinical guidelines for ophthalmologists

British and Irish Orthoptic Society
COVID-19: Information and Guidance for Orthoptic professionals

COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


New ebook content added 19/08/2021
Key Clinical Topics in Ophthalmology
Moorfields Manual of Ophthalmology
Whitcup and Nussenblatt’s Uveitis 
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 01/07/2021
Age-Related Macular Degeneration
Clinical Cases in Uveitis
Pickwell’s Binocular Vision Anomalies
Sports Vision
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ejournal content added 01/07/2021

Ophthalmology Science 2021-
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- covers topics for allied health and scientists incl. optometrists and orthoptists
British Nursing Index (BNI)- primarily of use for ophthalmic nurses & support staff
CINAHL- international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- primarily European biomedicine journals incl ophthalmology
EMCARE international nursing and allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most health topics including ophthalmology and eye care
psychology & psychiatry including health psychology & trauma

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See the main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

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

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey – clinical insight search tool which gives access to over 1100 electronic books & 500 journals & other fulltext resources
    Note  You will need an  NHS Athens account to access
  • Cochrane Library– collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • NICE Evidence– access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal, provided by NICE, incl Eye topics.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate ‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions’ in diagnosis and therapeutics. Note  You will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

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- 

Books (guide)

The majority of Opthalmology/Eye care print books held at Discovery Library will be found at classmark WW. Exam books will be found at WW18

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

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 from 2008-  listed below. Click title to login with your Athens accountIf asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens

TitleYearEditionFirst author
Adler’s Physiology of the Eye201111thLevin
Age-Related Macular Degeneration2022Li
Atlas of Retinal OCT2018 Goldman
Cataract Surgery20103rdSteinert
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
Cornea Atlas20143rdKrachmer
Diseases and Disorders of the Orbit and Ocular Adnexa2017 Fay
Drug-Induced Ocular Side Effects
Endoscopic Surgery of the Orbit
2021 Sindwani
The Eye
20215thForrester, 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
Kanski’s clinical ophthalmology: a systematic approach20209thSalmon
Key Clinical Topics in Ophthalmology2020Azarbod
Lecture Notes: Ophthalmology201712thJames
Liu, Volpe, and Galetta’s neuro-ophthalmology: diagnosis and management20193rdLiu
Massachusetts eye and ear infirmary illustrated manual of ophthalmology20215thFriedman
Moorfields Manual of Ophthalmology 20193rdJackson
The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide20182ndPane
Ocular Pathology20208thYanoff
Ocular Pathology Case Reviews2015 Azari
Ocular Surface Disease: Cornea, Conjunctiva and Tear Film2013 Holland
The Ophthalmic Assistant
Ophthalmic Surgery: Principles and Practice20124thSpaeth
Ophthalmic Ultrasonography2012 Singh
Ophthalmology at a Glance20142ndOlver
Ophthalmology Secrets in Color20164thGault
Orbital Imaging2015 Midyett
Pickwell’s Binocular Vision Anomalies2022Evans
Radiology of the Orbit and Visual Pathways2010 Dutton
Refractive surgery20203rdAzar
The retinal atlas20172ndFreund
Ryan’s retina20186thSchachat
Ryan’s Retinal Imaging and Diagnostics2013 Sadda
Sports Vision2022Erickson
Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology20133rdKanski
Taylor and Hoyt’s Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus20175thLambert
Techniques in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
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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