by Leo Francis Pacquing M.D
Few years back, social media was not largely used in the field of ophthalmology. EYEMDs relied on online journals, atlases, books, and “hand me down” knowledge from their seniors. But recently social media are revolutionizing the way we educate the young EYEMD’s and continue our education as practicing ophthalmologists. More and more EYEMDs have adopted this platform to share information and knowledge with other fellow colleagues from around the world. So, here it is! A scrumptious dessert for your sweet tooth or shall I say “sweet eyes”? Here are some of the most delectable social media accounts for EYEMD’s available in no particular order:
The Hamilton Eye Institute (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @hamiltoneye
The UT Hamilton Eye Institute (UTHEI) is the department of ophthalmology of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, Tennessee with over 5,000 followers in their Instagram account. The Hamilton Eye Institute posts pictures, cases, and short videos of different ophthalmic procedures and ocular pathologies. Cases with their high definition pictures were posted in a manner like flashcards wherein the captions detail the diagnosis and their management. This account makes a delightful treat for Eye MDs that are fond of quick pop quizzes and visual memory exercises while browsing.
Eye rounds.org (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) @eyerounds
If there is a group in ophthalmology that uses social media platforms in order to reach, educate, and update doctors in the field, it is the Department of Ophthalmology Visual Sciences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The original website www. Eyeround.org was first launched in 2005 with simultaneous launch of their facebook page: eyerounds.org. Both website and page are educational websites that post ophthalmology grand rounds, tutorials, atlas, and videos. The website is an awesome site for everyone in the ophthalmic field. They organize over 200 well documented comprehensive cases arranged by subspecialty. It is very useful and convenient for residents and anyone who is preparing for their case report or lectures. The website has its huge bank of high definition pictures in their atlas section and hundreds of tutorials and videos for the continuing education for eye md’s. No wonder that its facebook page are liked by 7000 followers. Through Facebook live, the page started publishing LIVE lectures of their department. For instance, a delightful lecture that went live last November 6 was a lecture regarding mastery of 1st year practice in the field of ophthalmology
EYESMART (Facebook and twitter) @AcedemyEyeSmart
EYE Smart is the official social media account of the American Academy of ophthalmology (AAO) that caters not only for us EYE MD’s but may also serve all ophthalmic care related practitioners. The posts are patient-friendly and help to educate the patients and the public. Timeline posts in facebook and twitter are updated daily with the most common eye disease. Posts were written in laymen’s terms hence it is delightful not only to the Eye MDs but also to patients with the general purpose of educating the public. As an EYE MD, reading posts from this account helps me a lot and gives me an idea on how I am going to explain to my patient in a way that they will understand thoroughly their conditions. A truly scrumptious dessert I must say!
Ophthalmic Photographer’s Society (Facebook) @theopsociety
This is one of my favorite Facebook accounts that I follow. And trust me, you will like it too. The account has over 10 thousand likes in a short span of time since its debut in the social media platform of Facebook and Pinterest. Founded in 1969, the organization is made of seriously awesome people dedicated in highly specialized form of photography in the field of ophthalmology.
The timeline posts are studded with super high definition pictures of ophthalmic pathologies. We cannot deny the fact that our field is based on our visual intercept. Photography is simply a big part in ophthalmology for almost all its subspecialties and photography itself gave birth to telemedicine that we all enjoy in our daily practice. The pictures that are posted in their account are stunning and details are just impressive. The organization primarily advances the ophthalmic imaging technology and our practice through continuing education by providing us gorgeous pictures in the field of ophthalmology. If you’re an Eye MD and at the same time an avid photographer, you might also want to join this organization. The next international convention comes to Singapore on March 2017 simultaneous with the 32nd APAO Congress.
JAMA Ophthalmology (Twitter) @jamaophthalmology British Journal Of Ophthalmology (Twitter) @BMJ_ophth
But Of course, it’s a must that we should always keep ourselves updated with the current trends in our practice, and the twitter accounts of JAMA ophthalmology and BMJ ophthalmology give nothing less of your daily dose of delight of new research studies and updates in our practice.
It’s an indispensable source of ophthalmic knowledge for the generalist, subspecialist, and trainee. It gives us our daily dose of the clinically relevant research we need to know for our practice. Whether or not you're fond of updates in ophthalmic research, we all need to turn the notification “ON” at tweeter for these 2 accounts. It's essential.
Ophthalmology Times (Facebook @OphthalmologyTimesTwitter @OphthTimes) Review of Ophthalmology (Facebook,Twitter @RevOphth) All About Vision (@AllAboutVision)
If you’re just looking for accounts that highlights current, clinically relevant information of surgical techniques, diseases, diagnosis and management and new technologies in the field of ophthalmology, these 2 accounts are agreeable to follow. Also, ophthalmology times comes with a free e-magazine on the App store and Google play. @AllaboutVision is a notable page in educating consumers (our patients) about information on eye health and vision correction. Its Infographic posts are also nice to see and read as a snapshot.
These accounts speak for their names. These are educational and garner enormous numbers of likes and followers. I have recently been interested to follow the Atlas of Ophthalmology since it has been posting pathologic pictures in ophthalmology with captions and labels of what we should look for in that particular case picture. This should be useful for residents or for just anyone in the practice for review purposes. I often quiz myself by answering the posts in these accounts.
About The Author
Leo is a graduate of the DOH Eye Center and has been writing fun articles for eFP since he was a 2nd year resident. Leo is into multi-sports activities and a creative photographer as well. Enthusiastic, friendly, and communicative, the gemini man is good at almost anything he puts his mind into, and can make anyone laugh.
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