Eye Emergency Manual is a free medical app to diagnose ophthalmology emergencies

Eye Emergency Manual is reference tool for emergency department physicians when facing ophthalmic emergencies.

Although its purpose is specifically to help those in New South Wales, the state’s department of health has created a medical app that is useful worldwide.

The app itself states the information provided is not strictly evidence based.

Instead, it has come from the consensus opinion of an expert working group.

Therefore, it is especially important for those outside of New South Wales to use the app only as a general guide.

The Emergency section of the app is broken down into three broad categories for chief complaints.

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Each category is broken down into a list of potential causes with an overview at the top for the non-trauma sections. The overviews provide flow charts that further breakdown the potential cause of the patient’s complaint. Although the breakdown is logical, it can be difficult to find the correct cause of the patient’s symptoms without reading through multiple pages. It would be nice if the app interactively walked through the flowchart based on the clinician’s input during the examination of the patient.


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Once the user has drilled down to a specific cause, the sections contain recommended time frames to initiate treatment as well as red flags for urgent situations including emergency consults and referrals.

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In addition, the app includes a Reference section that includes anatomy and ophthalmic workup sections. The anatomy section provides a few basic photos and diagrams for a quick anatomy review.

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The ophthalmic workup section has a nice high-level review of the entire ophthalmic exam as well as detailed sections for each aspect of the exam and treatment.

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  • Free


  • Simple, easily navigable interface
  • Detailed content accompanied by useful photos


  • More interactive navigation would be useful during exams


  • Eye Emergency Manual is useful app for emergency care providers facing an ophthalmic problem. It provides detailed information regarding the ophthalmic exam as well as signs, symptoms, and treatment of specific conditions.
  • Although the interface could be improved to be more useful in diagnosis, it is still a good interface as a reference tool.

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Rating (1 to 5 stars): 4.5/5

  1. User Interface: 3/5
  2. Multimedia usage: 5/5
  3. Price: 5/5
  4. Real world applicability: 5/5

This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.


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10 Responses to Eye Emergency Manual is a free medical app to diagnose ophthalmology emergencies

  1. Stuart Ray March 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm #

    Also available for Android. Is there a bias here for one particular platform?

    • Iltifat Husain, MD March 1, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

      Awesome, I tried it out on Android just now — looks the same on that, so I wouldn’t say we’d have a preference for it to be used on Android vs Apple. Thanks for pointing out it’s available for Android, unfortunately many innovative and new medical apps aren’t.

  2. Julian Med Student March 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm #

    Great to have an App1 I have the paper version and it is really useful. Can highly recommend for students!

  3. Stuart Ray March 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    If you don’t systematically check, how would you know? If you attend to iTunes but not Google Play, could you be missing apps that only appear on the latter? I think the bias here is obvious.

    • Iltifat Husain, MD March 3, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      Not really, if you look at almost every single app review we do, we mention if the app is available for Android as well — we have a particular section for every app review for that. Also, I tried to do a “best medical apps released for Android in January” and couldn’t do the post because there were so few. There is no bias here. I think Android fanboys just need to realize that most innovative medical apps are available for iOS, and then they come to Android later — there is no reason to blame us for bias on that. Again, I spent half a day going through Android apps in January, and couldn’t even come up with a post — so why am I going to make up posts for Android when there is nothing to cover? We even have dedicated Android app reviewers who have difficulty finding quality apps to review!! We go above and beyond to try to please the small fraction of physicians on Android — so it truly is hilarious when we get accused of being biased.

  4. Stuart Ray March 3, 2014 at 11:54 am #

    I would have had no basis for suggesting bias had you done due diligence and looked to see whether the app reviewed here was available for Android – you did not.

    I’m surprised and unimpressed that you would lower yourself to name-calling (“fanboy”).

    I won’t trouble you again, nor can I recommend your site as a source for anything other than iOS reviews.

    • Iltifat Husain, MD March 3, 2014 at 6:46 pm #

      Yea, but instead of saying that in an appropriate manner, you assumed we were biased — per your usual self. For any piece that is even faintly critical of Android you get so defensive. Calling someone a fanboy isn’t name calling, I’m shocked you think that. It’s someone who is passionate about a particular piece of technology — what’s wrong with that? I’m a fanboy of medical apps and mobile technology — maybe it’s a generational chasm.

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