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National Eye Institute

The National Eye Institute covers eye anatomy and function, keeping eyes healthy, and a wide range of visual problems and eye diseases. Articles are very detailed yet written in user-friendly language. The site is recommended for its reliable and relevant information about a wide range of ophthalmological topics.

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Review Date: 7/26/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

The site's user-experience is fairly straightforward. The homepage directs users to the most important site functions and major topics. The diseases/conditions covered here are listed alphabetically and broken down into clear, manageable sections. A Bing-powered search bar returns results that can be sorted by which section of the website it comes from. Visitors won't have trouble finding what they're looking for here.

Visual Design

Visually there are plenty of engaging forms of multimedia to enhance the browsing experience. But the site's color scheme is unattractive and takes away from the experience. Additionally, the page format is strange, on many pages, featuring offset columns that conflict with one another.

Quality

This branch of the National Institutes of Health is a great resource for anyone seeking high quality information on eye health, vision problems, specific eye diseases, and more. Plenty of images, videos, and engaging educational materials to help general readers understand the text. Although references are not always included, they are occasionally mentioned within the text.

Credibility

The National Eye Institute is one of the premier research organizations related to eye care. The materials provided here carry the authority and credibility of the U.S. government, even though no authors or editors are credited across the site's pages. The site could do a better job of keeping the content current, most pages having been last updated more than two years ago and some as long as nine years ago. However, the general news coverage and research information is updated often.

Pros

  1. Content is easy to read and helpful for a wide variety of audiences
  2. Provides access to in-depth consumer health education programs
  3. Large collection of images and videos to clarifiy concepts
  4. Important text is large enough for those with impaired vision

Cons

  1. Unpleasant color scheme
  2. Some of the content may be outdated
  3. No mention of content authors or editors
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Institutes of Health, operating within the Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Video and image library, downloadable brochures, news, research updates, consumer health education programs, eye-doctor finder

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: 2020@nei.nih.gov

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