Useful Information and Links

The internet provides access to a wide range of resources for learning in optometry and the vision sciences.

Reference Material  
Meta Directory
University of Iowa Hardin Library Health Science Directory with a sub set directory in ophthalmology. 
Colour and Vision Database This web page provides an annotated library of standard data sets, which are relevant to colour and vision research and which can be easily downloaded. 
The Book of Visual Perception: A Web Book  Peter K. Kaiser. York University - a graphical guide to visual perception. 
The Australian Prescription Products Guide (alternative to MIMS) This guide is updated monthly and includes all OTC and prescription drugs. Must register to use it (no cost).
Merck Manual General medical diagnosis and management, including ophthalmology (section 8). 
The Cochrane Library The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.


Internet Journals and Grand Rounds  

DJO Grand Rounds 

V Shiuvey and J Finer, Massachusetts Eye Infirmary - a great series of case histories unfolded. 

Molecular Vision 

A Peer-reviewed Web Journal

Oxford Eye Page

An on-line picture diagnostic site for eye disease. Numerous cases in a Q&A format.
Review of Optometry This is an interesting site for text book information on eye diseases.


Library Software
G Coppa and E Tancred. Mosby, St Louis 1992 
A wonderful interactive program about the anatomy of the brain. A must for second year students. Located on the Library PowerMac (click the icon in the launcher, instruction in red library computer folder).


Illusions and Simulators  
Eye Simulation Page

Simulates eye motion and demonstrates the effects of disabling one or more of the 12 eyes muscles and one or more of the 6 cranial nerves that control eye motion.
Bee Eye Simulation View the world through the eyes of a honey bee. 
Colour Vision Simulation  Images created with a photoshop plug in to simulate common colour vision defects. 
Online Colour Vision Test  


Useful Links
Optometry Schools  


Queensland University of Technology
University of Melbourne
University of New South Wales

Flinders University

Deakin University











United States of America 
Illinois College of Optometry

Indiana University
Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State Universit
New England College of Optometry

Northeastern State University
NOVA Southeastern University
Ohio State University
Pacific University
Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Southern California College of Optometry 
State University of New York
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of California at Berkeley
University of Houston

New Zealand 
University of Auckland
University of Kwazulu-Natal
University of Johannesburg
University of Waterloo  
University of Montreal (French site)  

United Kingdom 
Aston University
Cardiff University
City University

Anglia Ruskin University
University of Bradford
University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST)
University of Ulster


Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Central Colleges of the Phillipines


Optometry Organisations

American Academy of Optometry
American Optometric Association
College of Optometrists (UK)  
National Vision Research Institute 
New Zealand Optometrists Association
Optometrists Association Australia

Optometrists Association Australia - Vic Division
Optometric Extension Program Foundation
Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand
Optometry Board of Australia

Vision 2020
Brien Holden Vision Institute
World Council of Optometry



Patient Support Groups

Low Vision Gateway

Macular Degeneration Support
National Keratoconus Foundation 
Keratoconus Australia

Prevent Blindess America

Retina Australia
Vision Australia Foundation


Vision Science


International Colour Vision Society
Nasa Vision Group
Fundus Photography Reading Center



American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons  
University of Melbourne, Department of Ophthalmology

Flinders University, Centre of Ophthalmology

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists

Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital

Latrobe University, Orthoptics

University of Sydney, Orthoptics


Optical Industry  

Spectacle Lenses 


Designs for Vision 





Contact Lenses
Bausch & Lomb

CIBA Vision


Contact Lens Industry Council


Johnson & Johnson  




Australian Federal Government

Victorian Government

National Health and Medical Research Council
Therapeutic Goods Administration
National Eye Institute (USA)


Other Links  

EyeTalk Consultants


Antique Spectacles 

Online Museum and Encyclopedia of Visual Aids. 

Useful Drug and Medical Links

Medlink MedLink Neurology features clinical summaries covering the entire spectrum of clinical neurology.
British Optical Association Museum  


Reference Databases and Styleguides  

National Library of Medicine – PubMed 

Comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites
Scopus Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

Style guide

Oxford University Press Styleguide Manual
Scientific Writing Guide University of Sydney Scientific Writing Guide