We recently reviewed the Eye Emergency Manual mobile app.
It focuses on trauma, the red eye, and visual disturbances and can be read about here.
Two months later, the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan created another ophthalmology application which we briefly mentioned in a piece about the best apps released in April and will now fully review.
The Eyes Have It covers the full breadth of general ophthalmology from glaucoma and Grave’s disease to conjunctivitis and cataracts.
The introductory screen offers a brief glimpse of categories covered.
It includes common eye symptoms, trauma, red eye, systemic conditions, medication effects, screening, ophthalmoscope findings, as well as anatomy.
Under each category is a mix of about ten to twenty different symptoms or diagnoses. As evidenced below, under the category of Red Eye there are 20 diagnoses to view. This breadth of topics is definitely one of benefits of the application. I also appreciate the list format as it assists the user in finding particular topics.
Once you select a disease or symptom the format is a photo at the top with an expandable list of questions below. Each topic is covered in the same manner–What is it? How does it appear? What else looks like it? What to do? and What will happen?
Once you select a question the paragraph style information about the topic is viewable.
One benefit of categorizing information like this would be in creating an optional quiz format. The user could pick a category (red eye) or get a random slide from the whole deck and then be shown one photo at a time. The diagnosis could be hidden as well as the expandable paragraphs.
Sadly, the application does not capitalize on this option. It does offer a quick transition between various diseases or symptoms in a category either via a swipe gesture or the front and back arrows at the top of the screen. This function makes studying the topics fairly easy.
The application has a great user interface and multimedia as well. Under conjunctivitis, for example, there are three types of hyperlinks. The first hyperlink is to a photo of pathology mentioned. The second is to a different topic covered elsewhere but mentioned in the differential diagnosis list. This is very handy feature. (If you cover a topic in your medical app and then mention it elsewhere – especially in a differential diagnosis – it should be hyper-linked for the user.)
The third is a great video on how to properly use eye drops. Other sections not shown hyperlink to relevant anatomy. These hyperlinks are very well done as they keep the screen from being cluttered while allowing the user to explore as needed.
Evidence based medicine
- References the website and creators but no specific articles or books mentioned within the app.
- $ 4.99
- Full breadth of ophthalmology topics covered
- Good photos
- I appreciate the expandable paragraphs of information on each topic
- Great hyperlinks embedded in the program
- Add a quiz mode
- Allow landscape view on the iPad
Healthcare providers that would benefit from the app
- Medical students, mid-levels, residents and physicians encountering eye problems.
- This will definitely stay on my phone. Notable especially for its eye catching user interface.
- As of publish, no Android version is available.
Type of Device used to review app Version of App: iPhone 5
‘Rating: 4.5 Stars– Very well done
- User Interface: 5 stars– easy to find topics, nice scrolling and swipe functions, and handy hyperlinks
- Multimedia usage: 4 stars– I would love to see a quiz mode option
- Price: 5 stars– I actually appreciate a reasonably priced app. It is more than the 2 dollar market but for the breadth of information, detailed information, and nice user interface it is very much worth every penny.
- Real world applicability: 5 stars– For those who encounter eye problems this is nearly a one stop shop for your introductory information.
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 healthcare provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or healthcare provider.