eye care assistant

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

DailyMed
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

Drugs.com
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

SafeMedication.com
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)
CDC.gov 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.

Eye Care Journals

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Locating Journal Articles

The Library provides access to many online article databases that will help you locate journal, magazine, and newspaper articles. You can search by keyword, subject, author and title.

Databases are organized collections of information that you can search by a variety of fields, like title, author's name, subject or keyword. iTunes is a database and so is Amazon. The Library has databases of articles from newspapers, magazines and journals. We also have databases of streaming videos, music and e-books. The difference between our databases and iTunes or Amazon is that our databases are free for you to use. You can browse the library's databases here: Article Databases by Subject

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access the electronic indexes and databases from off-campus.

Newspaper Databases
Includes Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and more

Databases by Subject
Choose a database according to your subject of interest.

  • Begin your research in the Health and Medicine Databases
    What databases contain the best eye care-related journals?
    • Each database contains different resources (journals, e-books, magazines, newspapers, pamphlets, etc.)--Run your search in several databases. Read the database descriptions to locate databases most relevant to your search.
    • Pay attention to online journal article embargos
    • Some journals are ONLY available in print—the Library has photocopiers and flatbed scanners

    "Best Bet" Health Databases

    Academic Search Complete
    Academic Search Complete contains indexing and full text for 9,100 journals. 7,100 of these journals are peer-reviewed scholarly titles. This collection provides both popular and scholarly journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

    Care Notes
    Care Notes helps medical professionals educate patients and their families about certain conditions. Contains 2500 English and 2500 Spanish documents that address patient condition, treatment, follow-up care, psychosocial issues, continuing health, and the most frequently administered drugs.

    CINAHL
    The online version of Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, CINAHL Complete covers nursing, allied health, biomedical and consumer health journals, publications of the American Nursing Association, and the National League for Nursing. It now includes the CINAHL Thesaurus and full text of over 1,300 important nursing and clinical journals as well as over 130 Evidence-based Care Sheets; nearly 170 Quick Lessons providing Overviews of Disease and Conditions; 170 Continuing Education Modules; and full text for 360 Research Instrument Records.

    Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)
    GVRL is a collection of online reference books on a variety of topics including Business, History, Literature, Medicine, Social Science, Technology and many more.
    Individual entries from these resources can be printed and emailed.

    small yellow star.jpgHealth Source: Consumer Edition
    This resource provides access to nearly 300 full text, consumer health periodicals. This database also includes searchable full text for more than 1,000 health-related pamphlets and more than 140 health reference books. Also contains 7,000 Clinical Reference Systems reports (in English and Spanish); Clinical Pharmacology, which provides access to 1,100 drug monograph entries and 2,700 patient education fact sheets; and Stedman’s Medical Dictionary. This database covers topics such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, drugs & alcohol, aging, fitness, nutrition & dietetics, children’s health, women’s health, etc. The magazine and journal articles in this database range from "popular" or recreational reading to scholarly, peer-reviewed publications.

    Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    This resource provides 600 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Coverage of nursing and allied health is particularly strong. In addition, this database includes the Clinical Pharmacology database, providing access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs for all U.S. prescription drugs, hard-to-find herbal and nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products and new drugs.

    MedlinePlus
    MedlinePlus has extensive information from the National Institutes of Health and other trusted sources on over 900 diseases and conditions. There are also lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

    MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series
    Provides full-text information supporting clinical care decisions including: drug monographs and evaluations (including contrast media), 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.

    Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
    Rehabilitation Therapy in Video is a collection of video materials for the study of occupational therapy, physical/physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology. The collection allows students and faculty to easily find, cite, and share footage of top clinicians and academics explaining the underlying anatomical and neurological issues in specific patient populations, while demonstrating effective techniques and methods for their treatment.

    Science Direct
    **Be sure to select "Subscribed Journals" from the Source drop-down menu**
    Indexing and full-text of 175 journals in science, chemistry, earth science, biology and other related disciplines.

    Browse all COD Library Health and Medicine databases

    Database (and Library catalog) Advanced Search Tips

    • Use the features of the database (print, navigation) before using your browser's back or print buttons
    • For keyword searching, use the advanced search feature so that you can use multiple terms and set limits (date range, peer-reviewed, full text, etc)
    • Remember that databases require you to spell correctly
    • To limit your search results to journals with editorial boards (or some type of review process by health professionals) look under the “limit” section of the initial search page. Select the option to limit to peer reviewed (some databases also call them refereed publications). Refereed publications and peer reviewed are synonyms for board-reviewed or scholarly journals. Don’t forget to set your date limits too!
    • When creating your search strategy, take a moment to write down your key words and any synonyms (alternative words meaning the same thing) that might be used. Also think about how you connect your key words together.
      • Connect different concepts with the word AND indicating that you want both concepts to appear in each retrieved article.
      • Connect variations (different words could be used for the same thing) with OR indicating that at least one variation should occur in the articles retrieved.
      • Put parentheses around actions that you want to be done first (just like you may have done in an algebra class).
      • Here are some examples of synonyms and “nesting” (using parentheses):
      • (aged OR geriatric OR old* OR elderly)
      • (medicare OR medicaid)
      • Put the key concepts together like this example:
        (aged OR geriatric OR old* OR elderly) AND (medicare OR medicaid)
    • capitalize connecting words (AND, OR) to let the database know that you are giving a command not just listing a word to be found
    • Use an asterisk (*) to find all possible endings. For example, old* finds old or older

Eye Care Books, Videos & Models

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Browsing the Collection

Use the Library catalog to search the COD Library's collection of books, videos, e-books, and streaming media. Use your COD Library card to check these items out or access them online.

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Need help searching our Library Catalog?
Watch this 2 minute Library Simple: Find Library Items Using the Catalog--YouTube Video

An easy way to start searching the Library catalog is to do a keyword search for words that describe your topic. You may need to experiment with keywords to find ones that work for your topic.

Keyword Searching

keyword Connecting Word Disease, Condition, Technique, Anatomy, etc.
ophthalmology AND disease
ophthalmology AND exam*
eye AND anatomy

See the Journals section of this guide for further explanation of the use of parentheses, quotation marks, asterisks * and connecting words. Keyword searching in Journal databases sometimes differs from searching in our COD catalog.

Once you find some items, you can use subject headings to find other items that cover the same topic.

Subject Searching

Here are just a few of the many subjects assigned to Eye Care-related General Collection and the Reference Collection resources.

diagnostic techniques, ophthalmological eye - anatomy
eye diseases eye - physiology
ophthalmic assistants ophthalmology
visual fields

Call Number Searching

Another strategy is to search by call number. Health-related materials are shelved in the "R" section of libraries that use the Library of Congress classification system.

Eye Care books are located in several call number areas.

RE 1-994 Ophthalmology
RE 72.5 Ophthalmic Assistant
QP 475 Eye Physiology

Some eye care related books are located in other areas of the "R" section if they deal with specific age groups (ie. pediatric ophthalmology is found in the RJ section). Ophthalmology books may also be classified according to disease/condition (i.e. macular degeneration). Use the Library catalog to locate the call number areas for these types of resources.

There are two locations for "print" or physical material (videos or software) in the C.O.D. Library: the reference collection (items don't leave the Library) and the general stacks (items that you can take home). Library staff members will be happy to help you find books in either section--just ask!

Reference Materials

Reference materials are well indexed, up-to-date, concise, and highly credible. They provide overviews, definitions, specific information (such as causes & symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, prognosis, etc) or addresses. Types of reference books include: directories, dictionaries and encyclopedias, basic health books (describing diseases and conditions), and drug resources. Since you cannot normally take these materials home, remember that you will have to photocopy, or write down the information that you need. Some reference materials are available full text, online via our databases. Below are some examples of the types of reference books found in the C.O.D. reference collection.

Some of these resources are designed for consumers (such as the Johns Hopkins or Mayo Clinic health books), some for health students and consumers (the Gale Encyclopedia series), and some for health professionals (Cecil or Harrison's), so the type and level of information differs to suit each audience. Some reference works are available in Spanish language versions.

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Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary
REF R 121.D73 2012 (Ready Reference--located at our reference desks)

small yellow star.jpgGale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 4th edition
REF RC 41 .G35 2011 ONLINE ACCESS*
* This link will allow you to simultaneously search all of the specialized Gale Encyclopedias available in the Gale Virtual Reference Library database

Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, 4th edition
REF R121 .D76 2002

Merriam-Webster Online Medical Dictionary (select medical reference, includes audio pronunciations)

small yellow star.jpgGoldman's Cecil Medicine
REF RC46 .C423 2016

Conn's Current Therapy
REF RM101 .C87

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
REF RC71 .A14

small yellow star.jpgHarrison's Principles of Internal Medicine
REF RC46 .H333 2018

small yellow star.jpgMedScape Reference
An online clinical reference providing in-depth drug & disease information and tools to support health professionals' 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).

Streaming Health & Medical Videos

You must have a valid College of DuPage library card to access these video databases from off-campus.

Academic Video Online
A diverse collection of full-length streaming videos. A wide-range of disciplines are included. Most useful is the Health & Health Care collection. Also included in the subscription are full transcripts of each video program that are keyword searchable, easy playlist and clip making functionality, permanent embeddable URLs for easy use in online courses.

Nursing Education in Video
Nursing Education in Video is an online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. All of the videos in the collection have been created with the guidance of the Medcom-Trainex advisory board, and are regularly reviewed for accuracy, currency, and compliance with US Federal regulations from agencies such as OSHA and CMS.

Rehabilitation Therapy in Video
Rehabilitation Therapy in Video is a collection of video materials for the study of occupational therapy, physical/physiotherapy, and speech-language pathology. The collection allows students and faculty to easily find, cite, and share footage of top clinicians and academics explaining the underlying anatomical and neurological issues in specific patient populations, while demonstrating effective techniques and methods for their treatment.

Sports Medicine And Exercise Science In Video
Sports Medicine and Exercise Science in Video is the most extensive video collection ever assembled in the areas of fitness and health assessment, disease management, injury treatment, nutrition, medical fitness, sport science, work-site wellness, exercise adherence, and much more.

Remember that additional DVDs, CD-ROMs and health-related multimedia resources can be found by searching the COD Library catalog. Use your COD Library card to check these items out for in-library, home viewing, or online access (depending on availability).

Anatomical Models

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Anatomical Models are available at the Library circulation desk.

For even more assistance with anatomy & physiology, check out the COD Library's Anatomy & Physiology Research Guide!

Select COD Library Eye Care Books

See the Word document linked below for titles and call number locations.

Eye Care Assistant Guide

eye_main.jpgThis guide is a starting point for locating Eye Care Assistant (Ophthalmology) books, videos, journal articles, images and credible websites.

The menu on the right will help you research, locate, evaluate and cite resources in APA style.

Ask Your Health Science Librarian

Do you need help finding information on a specific topic? In addition to using our face-to-face, online and phone Ask A Librarian options, you may call or email me to set up an appointment or to explain what you need (I can often help you via email). Please remember that while I can assist you in finding information and can educate you about locating and citing quality health resources, I cannot diagnose or recommend treatment for specific conditions or diseases. I also cannot interpret assignments--ask your instructor! I will always refer specific medical and assignment-related questions back to your health care provider or instructor. Your questions will be kept in confidence and your privacy will be respected.

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