CRUSH IT in Optometry School – Best Books for Optometry

so are you thinking about becoming an
eye doctor? if so you’re gonna love this video. I’m dr. Joseph Allen and I’m gonna
share with you the best books in Ophthalmology and optometry. the books
that help me stay the top of my class while in school and still help me in
clinic today let’s take a look. everyone welcome I’m
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books that I’m gonna be mentioning that are gonna help you out a lot otherwise
this kind of a special video I actually have several viewers that have reached
out to me whether you’re on YouTube or an Instagram that they’re interested in
becoming an eye doctor and they have a lot of questions so I’m gonna be making
a complete series answering some of these questions so if you’re one of
those people then make sure you check out the complete playlist now today’s
video is about the best books in eye care these are books that I either had
to get in school some of them I didn’t have to get I just got them on my own
that I read on my free time that pushed me to the top of my class including
books that I still use today for writing publications and you know basically just
being the best doctor I can be so book number one at the top of the list that I
would ever say is probably ophthalmology by Yanoff and Duker this book is giant
it is huge it’s very heavy now there are digital versions of this book I
personally like the hard copy because I like to take notes and highlight in the
margins but one of the main reasons I like this book the most is because it
covers just about everything in I care it covers just the basic science down to
more advanced surgical techniques there’s even a whole like digital’s
course that it comes with that shows you how the surgical techniques are done and
actually shows you real cases a lot of these chapters are written by some of
the best minds and all of I care and it covers just a wide range of disease
things from just simple infections like pinkeye to the surface of the eye to
really advanced retinal diseases there’s actually so much in this book that I bet
if you read through the entire thing before you went to school you might even
know a couple of things that your own professors have no idea about one of the
other things I like about books like this and this is comes with most
textbooks nowadays is that inside the front cover there’s actually
an access code that lets you go on to their website and you can pretty much
access the entire book remotely which is fantastic because they have a search bar
so if you’re doing any sort of a publication if you’re doing a research
paper or if you’re just like gosh I remember this one thing from a class but
I don’t remember exactly what it said type it in boom there you go you have
every page that disease or word was ever mentioned on now number two on my list
is a little bit more of my personal favorite its cornea by ma what’s who’s
it by again Mannis and Holland. cornea actually comes in two sets this is one
of two books it’s one of the reasons I got this is because I spent a lot of my
time looking at the front surface of the eye I absolutely love cornea and
anterior surface disease so if somebody has a bad infection if someone’s got a
uveitis or just some sort of complication that’s going on the front
surface of the eye including surgeries like LASIK or DESEK or they’re having
some other disease that needs to be treated this book covers just about all
of that but more in-depth even more so than the ophthalmology textbook goes
this is actually a book that I guarantee you any sort of cornea specialist
whether they’re a doctor of Optometry whether they are a LASIK surgeon I
guarantee you they probably have a copy of this textbook but just like the
ophthalmology book this one is a newer version and again it has an access code
online so that you can you know use the search tool and find all the answers you
need number three is actually kind of special
for me because I didn’t have to get this book I actually got it my first year
just because it was kind of highly recommended it honestly made me a way
better clinician especially when actually got into seeing patients and
that book is the Wills Eye manual now there’s many different versions of this
book I always recommend getting the most updated version because yeah science and
medicine changes and you want to be taking care of people the most modern
and best ways instead of doing some sort of older technique that’s you know
out-of-date and could potentially hurt somebody now wills I manual is kind of
like the cheat sheet version of yonathan Duke ER ophthalmology do you member
those sparknotes or abridged version it’s kind of like that it’s something
that’s small enough that you can keep in your book bag or let’s say going from
clinic to clinic or you know it’s just something handy to have in case you know
oh geez that is a that I remember studying in the book or
studying in school but have never actually seen it and so if you need to
you can get out of the office and actually go quick flip open to this book
and read the quick section and be like oh yeah that’s that weird medication
that I need to prescribe or I need to you know do some sort of a lab work and
I just don’t remember what it is this is kind of that cookbook that’ll
tell you that answer now why this book actually helped me a lot in school is
because when I got it my first year I actually just started reading it on my
own even when I didn’t fully understand what some things were like medications I
hadn’t taken pharmacology yeah every night before bed I would just say okay
I’m laying down before bed I’m just gonna pick one thing to study I’d flip
open the book to one of the chapters and you know some of these aren’t even that
long but it was enough that I could read hey what is this disease what does it
look like what are the causes of this disease what are some of the
differentials or other diseases that look similar to it and then go with kind
of think to myself okay if I saw this in the clinic what tests would I order kind
of systemic things do I have to think about what kind of treatment is needed
so it really was a good way through school again even before I started
seeing patients to start categorizing where disease was and how to treat it
and again I think it’s easily digestible and again if you’re going to school you
know ophthalmology the yonathan Duker text has all of the information and more
this is kind of the abridged version at the very least I would say everybody get
this book if you’re going into I care now book number four is actually
neuro-ophthalmology and this one’s by Klein and firuzan no this book again I
got actually got this one in school this one was again highly recommended when I
took my neuro course is similar to wills eye in that it has bullet points and
it’s kind of like the cheat abridged version for neuro any sort of neuro case
that comes into the clinic if someone’s got a nerve palsy if you’re suspecting
someone’s got a stroke or if someone has a tumor or something going on
neurological this is kind of that book that’s gonna walk you through what are
the differentials what are the most important things you need to worry about
what kind of tests you need to order you need to order an MRI do you need to
order a CT reasons why I liked this book again because it was light it was kind
of similar to wills eye that it was kind of like a cookbook style the neural
cases are some of the more tougher cases in eye care and it’s good to have
something that’ll kind of hold your and through it coming in number five is
the clinical management of binocular vision now this book is this is actually
the third edition by Schermin and wick but this book is really if you’re
somebody who loves pediatrics if you think envision therapy if you’re
thinking that you know maybe traumatic brain injury rehabilitation something
along those lines this book will teach you everything got this book because I
was in school and I was taking the vision therapy course and that course
was actually more difficult than you would imagine
came in handy not just in general clinic and in school but then actually in my
residency as well because I had a lot of patients at the VA who either having
problems with double vision or you know part of my residency was actually in
traumatic brain injury rehabilitation so it really helped me out there but this
book again covers a lot of different things especially about just eye muscle
movement disorders as well as kind of like different processing in our brain
of how we see images and how our brain kind of overlaps those images so that
you can actually see but it’s all done from kind of a clinical perspective so
it’s not just textbook didactic information it’s actually stuff that you
can use and even has case examples so that you can work through things and
really teach yourself how this all works now I’m just going to include a few
bonus items because these are books that I had in school and helped me a lot
there but it’s something I really don’t open up anymore now that I’ve graduated
the first one here is the clinical Anatomy by Lee Ann Remington it actually
teaches you the basic fundamentals the foundation that you need for
understanding how the eyes work the anatomy what part of the eye does why
but it actually has clinical insights like hey if this person is having a
certain part of their eyes damaged and it’ll say oh yeah because of that damage
you will see this in the clinic this actually affects how what you will see
when you actually have a real patient in front of you and a lot of these sort of
questions are things that are mirrored on board exams so yeah good book not the
book that you can consider it’s visual perception a clinical orientation now
again in this book I got used more for our vision science courses it actually
has a lot of cool information just kind of understanding about light and how
light interacts with our eyes and how different parts of our brain process
vision you know it explains more of like Nicolle illusions and just kind of weird
phenomenons that we see with eyes and vision it goes really in-depth into
color vision and color vision deficiencies so again this is a very
good book and written by just a famous author Stephen H Schwartz so yeah good
book and the last book on my list is actually boorish –is clinical
refraction now this is actually a book that again I did have to get in school
and it is at the bottom of the list here because it is very difficult to read I
find the writing is very dry it’s kind of tough to follow sometimes if you are
someone who knows you’re gonna go more into you know being a doctor of
Optometry if you’re someone who maybe is just maybe your technician in an
ophthalmology clinic and you do a lot of the refractions if you want to be a
master of really doing refraction that’s the part room clinic when they’re asking
better one better – this book tells you not just how to do that but all the more
advanced tips and tricks that’ll really break things down this book will teach
you ridiculous amounts of information but again it’s a little dry a little bit
tough to get through you can see how much it’s gotten use because of you know
I have all this duct tape and those pages falling out but again overall
another book you can consider the wild question of the day did you find this
review of different books helpful at all and you have any other questions
regarding Ophthalmology and optometry go ahead and comment in the section below
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