Recommended

WebMD – Eye Health Center

WebMD - Eye Health Center an impressive range of detailed information about 37 visual problems, eye diseases, and treatments, including 9 specific to children. Details about each condition may include description & types, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, living with, and prevention. This section is recommended as a very good single source of information about eye health.

WebMD logo

Visit their website

Review Date: 4/15/2019

Scoring

Ease of Use

The landing page has a brief overview and provides a subtopic list that allows users to narrow their search. Content does not always present logically because related articles, blogs, message boards, and advertisements are mixed throughout. Subtopic organization seems random. Further, nested links send users deeper and deeper into searches without an easy return to the landing page. While the information here is patient-centered and educational, the site is one of the more difficult medical websites to navigate.

Visual Design

Like other sections of WebMD, the Eye Health Center pages are cluttered with a flurry of lists, articles, tools, and advertisements that clog the browsing experience. The reader's eye wanders all over the page due to the multiple areas for exploration. Worse, many of those choices are not specific to neurological conditions. Large font and small chunks of text with lots of white space in between should make the content easy to read, but like the rest of WebMD, this section is not very visually pleasing.

Quality

This section offers wide range of detailed information about eye disease and visual problems. There is a general statement that the content is based on recent evidence and practice. Better yet, all content is referenced and reviewed by medical professionals, many of whom are specialists. Some topics are explored in more depth than others, and users will find other websites have more breadth of coverage, but this website is an excellent destination for eye health content.

Credibility

All site content is authored and reviewed by a qualified staff of physicians, medical journalists, and health reporters. Even with such a large amount of information, WebMD makes sure its content is credible with extensive referencing & review by subject area experts and regular updates. This section carries all the authority and credibility associated with WebMD, so visitors can trust that the information about eye health & disease is helpful and accurate.

Pros

  1. Detailed information about visual problems, eye diseases, and treatments and information specific to maintaining eye health
  2. The content is readable and easy to understand for the general consumer
  3. Numerous multimedia resources augment written information about eye health and diseases

Cons

  1. Detailed information about normal eye anatomy & function and treatment is present, but difficult to find
  2. Pages are cluttered with commercial advertisements and links to news and additional information
  3. Searching keywords returns an overwhelming number of results, many of which are irrelevant, without any filtering options
  4. Need to navigate multiple pages per topic and link to other articles to get an overall/more complete picture

Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: Internet Brands, LLC, a for-profit consumer media company

Accreditations: URAC (2018), HON seal (2018), TRUSTe Certified privacy

Additional Features: News listed by date, top picks, or trends, blogs, video library, slideshow, support services & other resources, quizzes, Q&A, links to related articles, message boards, find an ophthalmologist

Languages: English

Contact: mheinley@webmd.net

Health Web Navigator