Br J Ophthalmol 98:420 doi:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2013-304654
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Quality of internet-derived information on common ophthalmic conditions

  1. Hugh Jewsbury4
  1. 1 Ophthalmology Department, Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK
  2. 2 Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, UK
  3. 3 Department of Ophthalmology, Royal Glamorgan Hospital, Llantrisant, UK
  4. 4 Cardiff Eye Unit, University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, UK
  1. Correspondence to Luke Nicholson, Ophthalmology Department, Royal Gwent Hospital, Cardiff Road, Newport NP20 2UB, UK; lukenicholson17{at}
  • Received 18 November 2013
  • Accepted 1 December 2013
  • Published Online First 16 December 2013

The number of internet users in the UK has more than doubled over the past 7 years.1 In 2013, it was estimated there are 36 million adult internet users in the UK which represents 73% of adults.1 Twenty-one million households (83%) were reported to have internet access.1 More importantly, 43% use the internet to seek health information.1 There are numerous websites on ophthalmic conditions, and it is very likely our patients will use them as their main source of understanding more about a condition. However, the quality of internet-derived information regarding ophthalmic conditions has not been published. We undertook a small study to …

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