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Electronic Resources

The NHS subscribes to key healthcare databases, full text journals, e-books and more for its staff. To access these you need to have an Athens username and password. You can obtain one by self-registering at: www.evidence.nhs.uk

An Athens Self-Registration leaflet is available from the Education Centre Libraries at Good Hope, Heartlands, Solihull and Queen Elizabeth hospital

E-Books Collection

(Require Athens Registration)


Staff can access the following Ophthalmology full text electronic journals through their Athens account from the ASK Discovery Tool

  • American Journal of Ophthalmology

  • Archives of Ophthalmology**

  • British Journal of Ophthalmology

  • BMC Ophthalmology

  • Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology

  • Current Opinion in Ophthalmology**

  • European Journal of Ophthalmology

  • Journal of Cataract and Refractive  Surgery

  • International Ophthalmology

  • Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics

  • Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • Review of Cornea and Contact Lenses

  • Seminars in Ophthalmology*


*Journals with embargoes

**Journals with closed runs


Useful Websites

This section lists some useful websites, organisations, professional bodies, and Patient information sites useful for Ophthalmology professionals.

ASK –UHB Discovery Tool


This is a “Google” type tool enabling a “one search” for guidelines, eBooks, eJournals and full text articles. Access via Athens

Clinical Key


Clinical Key enables searching from a single platform across eBooks, eJournals, procedural videos, drug information, patient information and images. Access via Athens.

Cochrane Eyes and Vision Group


Produces systematic  reviews of interventions to treat or prevent eye diseases or visual impairment.

Eye Resources on the Internet               


A list of useful sites compiled by Association of Vision Science Librarians and maintained at University of Iowa.



A targeted “current awareness” service for high impact documents in your area.

MedlinePlus – eyes and vision


Features extensive information on  drugs, illustrated medical encyclopaedia, patient information and latest health news.

NICE Guidelines


A complete list of all NICE guidelines– published or in development– available here.

NHS Evidence


24/7 website for accessing recent guidelines, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and primary literature from healthcare databases.



Provides physicians with the latest medical news and information in Ophthalmology taken from current medical journals.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists


Provides information about the college, exams, publications, events and departments.