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MedlinePlus – Eyes and Vision

MedlinePlus devotes this page to eye health and vision topics. This comprehensive source of ophthalmology information covers eye anatomy, function, conditions, and vision correction. The section includes a medical encyclopedia and links to a variety outside resources providing detailed information about a host of ophthalmologic diseases and visual issues.

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Review Date: 11/9/2018

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Ease of Use

Content can be browsed using the alphabetical topic list or by exploring an interactive eye. Each topic, once clicked, leads to a page with a brief summary of the condition along with numerous links to additional information. All the site's content exists as links to outside resources. This requires users to jump back and forth from one website to another, which can be aggravating for some.

Visual Design

The landing page is lackluster, having only a list of eye health topics and systems along with a simple illustration of the eye. Otherwise, there's no emphasis on visual appeal.

Quality

Users will have access to comprehensive, reliable information about ophthalmological processes and diseases. Topics found in the medical encyclopedia are well referenced, while this is inconsistent for disease summaries and information from linked sites. However, most links go to respected federal or speciality organization sites.

Credibility

MedlinePlus clearly identifies the organizations responsible for the content, which include the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, National Eye Institute, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. Users will find that the medical encyclopedia topics have the highest reliability by listing reviewers and date of last review. Although MedlinePlus does a great job updating its pages regularly, the currency of linked sites varies, and individual authors/editors of each topic page are not identified.

Pros

  1. Extensive medical encyclopedia with information related to eye anatomy, vision, and eye disease
  2. Multiple links to reliable, up-to-date, and detailed information about ophthalmological conditions
  3. Highly credible website with backing from the U.S. government and supplemented with materials generated by authoritative organizations

Cons

  1. User-friendliness of materials varies depending on the linked website
  2. Users will have to spend significant time navigating and reading in order to get helpful information

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Library of Medicine

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Patient handouts, videos, images, journal articles, specialist finder, health check tools, clinical trials

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: custserv@nlm.nih.gov

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