Open Access Books

Open Access and Free Book List

Note:  Some titles do not have an ISBN but may have an ASIN. The ASIN is the Amazon Standard Identification Number.  When a book has a 10-digit ISBN, then the ASIN is the same.
Anatomy and Physiology
The Ocular Circulation, Kiel JW (NCBI Bookshelf); 2010.
Eye Motility, Mravici I (IntechOpen); 2019. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.78731. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1838810696.
Cataracts and IOL
Achieving Excellence in Cataract Surgery: A Step-by-Step Approach, Colvard DM. 2009. (Orbis Cybersight) ISBN not found ASIN: B002BJWDX0
Benefits and Harms of Femtosecond Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery: A Systematic Review.  Quinones A, gleitsmann K, Freeman M, et al.  Washington, DC: Department of Veterans Affairs; 2013.  NCBI Bookshelf ID:  NBK185089
Cataract Surgery, Zaidi FH (IntechOpen); 2013. DOI: 10.5772/765.  e-book (PDF) ISBN:  978-9535170822
Cataracts in Childhood (booklet), Neely DE, Wilson ME, Plager DA.  (Orbis Cybersight); 2002.
Childhood Cataract in Africa (manual), Courtwright P, Bowman R, Gilbert C, et al. (Orbis Cybersight); 2007.
Difficulties in Cataract Surgery, Zilfyan A (IntechOpen); 2018. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.68878. e-book (PDF):  ISBN:  978-1838813604
Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (booklet), Helveston EM, Cherwek DH (Cyber-Sight); 2014.
(There are several other books by the same name)
[Also in Chinese and Spanish]
Introduction to Eye Banking: A Handbook and Atlas (manual), Rosenwasser GO, Nicholson WJ (Cyber-Sight)
Keratitis, Srinivasan M (Intech); 2012. DOI: 10.5772/1472. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535169857.
Keratoplasties:  surgical techniques and complications, Mosca L (Intech); 2012.  DOI: 10.5772/809. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535166351.
Differential Diagnosis / Systemic Disease
Novel Diagnostic Methods in Ophtahlmology, Nowinska A (IntechOpen); 2019. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.79334. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1838818531.
Ocular Differential Diagnosis, Roy FH (Cyber-Sight); 2007.
Ocular Syndromes and Systemic Diseases, Roy FH (Cyber-Sight); 2007.
Examination and Testing
OCT – Applications in Ophthalmology, Lanza M (IntechOpen); 2018. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.74129. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1838817749.
Practical Guide to Clinical Application of OCT in Ophthalmology, A, Lanza M (IntechOpen); 2019. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.77676. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1839622205.
Eye Diseases
Advances in Common Eye Infections, Rumelt S (IntechOpen); 2016. DOI: 10.5772/60585. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535141426.
Advances in the Diagnosis and Management of Uveitis, Rodriguez-Garcia A (IntechOpen); 2019. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.73886. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1838807122.
Causes and Coping with Visual Impairment and Blindness, Rumelt S (IntechOpen); 2018. DOI: 10.5772/66009. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1838812577.
Conjunctivitis: a complex and multifaceted disorder, Pelikan Z (Intech); 2011. DOI: 10.5772/1166. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535165835.
The Merck Manual: Eye disorders.
Ocular Diseases, Adio A (Intech); 2012. DOI: 10.5772/1678. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535170303.
Assessing and Treating Glaucoma in Children of the Developing World (booklet), Douglas GR, Levin A, Neely DE, Walton DS. (Cyber-Sight); 2014.
Glaucoma: Basic and Clinical Aspects, Rumelt S (Intech); 2013. DOI: 10.5772/45915. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535171300
Glaucoma: Basic and Clinical Concepts, Rumelt S (Intech); 2011. DOI: 10.5772/792. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535165682.
Glaucoma: Current Clinical and Research Aspects, Gunvant P (Intech); 2011. DOI: 10.5772/662. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535165583.
Glaucoma: Diagnosis and Management of Chronic Open Angle Glaucoma and Ocular Hypertension, National Collaborating Centre for Acute Care (UK).  (NCBI Bookshelf); 2009. ISBN-10: 0-954976061
Glaucoma: Intraocular Pressure and Aqueous Dynamics, Ichhpujani P. Intech), 2016. DOI: 10.5772/62698. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535141273.
The Mystery of Glaucoma, Kubena T (Intech); 2011. DOI: 10.5772/1028 eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535164708.
Primary Care Screening for Ocular Hypertension and Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma, Fleming C, Whitlock E. Beil T, et al. (NCBI Bookshelf); 2005.
Screening for Glaucoma: Comparative Effectiveness, Ervin AM, Boland MV, Myrowitz EH, et al.  (NCBI Bookshelf); 2012.
Surveillance for Ocular Hypertension: An Evidence Synthesis and Economic Evaluation, Burr JM, Botell-Pinzon P, Takwoingi Y, et al.  (NCBI Bookshelf); 2012.
Treatment for Glaucoma: Comparative Effectiveness, Boland MV, Ervin AM, Friedman D, et al.  (NCBI Bookshelf); 2012.
Historical Resources
American Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Ophthalmology.  Wood CA. Chicago, IL: Cleveland Press; 1921.
Soaking Up the Rays: Light Therapy and Visual Culture in Britain, c. 1890–1940., Woloshyn TA editor. Manchester (UK): Manchester University Press; 2017. (NCBI Bookshelf)
System of Ophthalmology.  Duke Elder S, Sir.  St. Louis, MO: Mosby; 1958.
Low Vision
Screening for Visual Impairment in Children Ages 1-5 Years, Chou R, Dana T, Bougatsos C.  (NCBI Bookshelf); 2011. NCBI Bookshelf ID: NBK52708.
Screening for Visual Impairment in Older Adults, Chou R, Dana T, Bougatsos C. (NCBI Bookshelf); 2009. NCBI Bookshelf ID:  NBK35K192
Visual impairments: determining eligibility for social security benefits (2002), Lennie P, Van Hemel SB (National Academies Press) ISBN-13: 978-0309083485 ISBN-10: 0309083486
(Note:  this URL takes you to the NAP page where at first it looks like you have to buy the book.  But there is a link to the “free e-book” as long as you set up an NAP account, which you are asked to do when you try to connect to the e-book.
Neuro-Ophthalmology: Clinical Signs and Symptoms, 4th ed. (1998) Walsh TJ (Cyber-Sight)
Williams & Wilkins. ISBN: 978-0683087185
Walsh and Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 6th edition (2005).  Miller, NR; Newman NJ; Biousse, V; Kerrison, JB. (2005). (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins). ISBN: 978-0781748148
Nursing and Allied Health
Volume 1.  Ophthalmic Nursing:  Getting Started (booklet), Machin H, Cordero I, O’Sullivan F, Helveston E. (Cyber-Sight) (2012) Orbis.
[Also in Chinese and Spanish]
Advances in ophthalmology, Rumelt S. 2012. (IntechOpen) ISBN: 978-9535168836
Frontiers in Ophthalmology and Ocular Imaging, Ziaei A. 2019. (IntechOpen) ISBN: 978-1838808068
Ophthalmology: Current Clinical and Research Updates, Davey P. 2014. (IntechOpen) ISBN: 978-9535172222
OphthoBook, Root T. (2009) ISBN:978-1448638826
Optics and Physics
Physics of the eye In College Physics – Introduction to Science and the Realm of Physics, Physical Quantities, and Units (OpenStax College); 2020.
Patient / Consumer Education
Parent’s Guide to Their Premature Baby’s Eyes (brochure), Association for Retinopathy of Prematurity and Related Diseases (Cyber-Sight).
Pediatrics and Strabismus
Binocular Vision and Ocular Motility: Theory and Management of Strabismus, von Noorden GK, Campos EC.  (Cyber-Sight); 2002.
Clinical Approach to Ocular Motility: Characteristics and Orthoptic Mangement of Strabismus, 2nd edition.  Iacobucci IL; 2015.
Strabismus: A Decision Making Approach, von Noorden GK, Helveston EM (Cyber-Sight); 2010.
[Also in Chinese]
The Joy of Visual Perception: A Web Book, Kaiser PK, (Independent) copyright 1996-2005.
Refractive Errors
Astigmatism: optics, physiology and management, Goggin M (Intech) 2012.
DOI: 10.5772/759. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535168744
Age related macular degeneration: etiology, diagnosis and management – a glance at the future, Guidice GL (Intech); 2013. DOI: 10.5772/56745. eBook (PDF) eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535171621.
Age related macular degeneration: the recent advances in basic research and clinical care, Ying GS (Intech); 2012. DOI: 10.5772/1051. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535167327.
Diabetic retinopathy, Ola MS (Intech); 2012. DOI: 10.5772/1174. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535168171.
Diabetic retinopathy for the comprehensive ophthalmologist, Walker J (Deluma); 2009. ISBN: 978-0982147207
Electroretinograms, Belusic G (Intech); 2011. DOI: 10.5772/884. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535164456.
Early Events in Diabetic Retinopathy and Intervention Strategies, Tsin ATC (IntechOpen); 2018. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.69906. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-1838814366.
Nutritional Supplements for Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A Systematic Review. Kansagara D, Gleitsmann K, Gillingham M, et al.    Washington, DC: Department of Veterans Affairs; 2012. (NCBI Bookshelf)  PMID: 22379659
Organization of the Retina and Visual System, Kolb H, Nelson R, Fernandez, Jones B (Webvision) Possible ISBN: 978-1932811087
Retinoblastoma: An Update on Clinical, Genetic Counseling, Epidemiology and Molecular Tumor Biology, Kumaramanickavel G (Intech); 2012. DOI: 10.5772/1301. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535169451.
Retinoscopy Book: An Introductory Manual for Eye Care Professionals, Corboy JM, Norath D, Stone R, Reffner R (Cyber-Sight); 2003.
Retinoscopy Handbook for Clinicians, Wassnig S. (Cyber-Sight).
Systematic Review of Intravitreal Bevacizumab for the Treatment of Diabetic Macular Edema.  Fortin P, Mintzes B, Innes M.  Ottawa, ON: Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health; 2012.  (NCBI Bookshelf) PMID: 24279000
Vitrectomy, Song Z (Intech); 2012. DOI: 10.5772/1513. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-9535169796.
Advances in Eye surgery, Pacheco PA, 2016. DOI: 10.5772/59216. eBook (PDF) ISBN:: 978-9535172741.
Blepharoplasty: Special focus on Asian blepharoplasty.  In: Textbook of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Kalaskar DM, 2016. DOI: 10.2307/j.ctt1g69xq0. eISBN: 978-1910634370.
Ophthalmic Operating Theatre Practice: A Manual for Lower-resource Settings, 2nd edition, Machin H. (Cyber-Sight); 2016.
Surgical Ophthalmic Oncology, Chaugule SS (IntechOpen); 2019. eBook (PDF) ISBN: 978-3030187576.
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Anatomy and Physiology, Cornea, Differential Diagnosis/Systemic Disease, Examination and Testing
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M. B. Ketchum Memorial Library
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Illinois College of Optometry
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