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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Price

  • Free

Likes

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

Dislikes

  • More interactive navigation would be useful during exams

Conclusion

  • 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

Disclaimer:
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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6 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!

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