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American Academy of Ophthalmology – EyeSmart

EyeSmart, sponsored by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides an extensive collection of reliable eye health materials. All content here is written or reviewed by medical professionals and includes informational articles, patient stories, multimedia materials, FAQs, and more. EyeSmart is one of the webs's best consumer health websites specific to eye health.

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Review Date: 11/2/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

User friendly section headings with content organized alphabetically. The search bar autofills user queries, and results can be sorted by relevance or date. There are lots of categories to choose from, and it is difficult to tell what topics are included within them because they do not expand or drop down. Content pages have a consistent layout and are spread over multiple pages to reduce length. The text font is easy-to-read and the presence of images and videos enhances the reading experience.

Visual Design

The homepage presents with many boxes, buttons, and links that can be difficult to choose among. The website has a pleasant color scheme and multimedia elements that keep the visitor engaged.

Quality

This website provides accurate, comprehensive, and detailed information for anyone seeking information about eye health and disease. Articles are not referenced, although all are reviewed by qualified ophthalmologists.

Credibility

Pages that discuss eye diseases/conditions are written by credentialed ophthalmologists (with names and credentials provided). These pages are current and high quality, discussing multiple aspects of eye health. Some of the anatomy and symptom pages have dates more than 2 years old, although these pages may be less affected by the passage of time.

Pros

  1. Authoritative content ranging from eye anatomy to injuries, safety, and surgical procedures
  2. Helpful tips on interpreting eye symptoms and handling emergencies
  3. Clear and informative writing style

Cons

  1. Eye anatomy and symptom information does not cite authors

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: American Academy of Ophthalmology, a nonprofit professional society established in 1979

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Find an Ophthalmologist tool,expert Q&A, videos, newsletter, online store

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: media@aao.org

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