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Illustrated Optometry Study Guides—Free Download

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These gorgeous hand-drawn guides will add flair to your study session or optometry office!
Illustrated Optometry Study Guides—Free Download
Updated April 7, 2020!
There’s a place for reference guides and bulleted lists—but sometimes only beautiful study notes will do! That’s why we’ve put together these illustrated study guides.
Whether you’re a student studying for exams or a practicing OD looking to add a little flair to your office, we hope these guides are a reminder that the medical side of optometry is beautiful as well as challenging!
These gorgeous guides cover:
  • The visual system
  • Layers of the cornea and common corneal dystrophies
  • Amblyopia causes and treatments
  • Orthokeratology definitions
  • Relative afferent pupillary defects causes and tips
With even more to come! We’ll keep making these guides, so if you have a specific topic you’d like to see covered just leave a request in the comments and we’ll do our best to include it in our next release!

Download the illustrated guides!

Get all three—and updates when we release new ones!

The visual system

This guide covers the mechanisms of the visual system, and how visual information is transmitted to the brain. These notes also cover the effects of brain lesions on visual defects, such as those caused by strokes and tumors, as well as glaucoma and optic neuritis.

Layers of the cornea and common corneal dystrophies

These notes cover the corneal layers and the three main categories of corneal dystrophies. Where does Bowman’s Membrane fall in relation to the stroma? Which layers do superficial corneal dystrophies affect? Use these guides to boost your review!

Amblyopia: causes and treatments

This sheet covers amblyopia, also known as “lazy eye”—the causes, symptoms, and common treatments. Amblyopia is important to diagnose and treat ASAP, so use this guide to help teach yourself how to recognize the signs immediately!


This sheet covers the definition and purpose of orthokeratology, with tips on identifying candidates and fitting lenses!

Relative afferent pupillary defects

This page covers causes and tools for diagnosing relative afferent pupillary defects, as well as diagrams and notes on types and severity.

While we make every effort to provide accurate information that is helpful to your practice of optometry, this information may contain errors and is not to be used in place of your own professional medical judgment. Under no circumstances shall NewGradOptometry or CovalentCareers be responsible for damages arising from the use of this information.

How should you use the illustrated study guides?

Load the PDF on your tablet or desktop; print them out on cardstock or photo paper to post around your desk (or even frame in your office!); place printed sheets in your 3-ring study binder for quick reference; or use them to motivate your #handwritinggoals—it’s up to you!

Download the illustrated study guides!

Lauren van Oeveren
About Lauren van Oeveren

Hi there! I'm the (former) social media coordinator at Eyes On Eyecare. I have over 6 years of experience with content creation and social media. I double-majored in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at UCSB and enjoy using what I've learned to create interesting, engaging, and unique content.

Lauren van Oeveren
Antonio Chirumbolo, OD
About Antonio Chirumbolo, OD

Antonio Chirumbolo, OD is the Director of Client Services at CovalentCreative. He completed his optometry degree at the SUNY College of Optometry in 2013. Antonio is passionate about digital media, marketing, and advertising and in his free time still practices optometry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Antonio Chirumbolo, OD
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