By Luke Arundel
Nothing so completely fuses nerdiness, comedy and essential knowledge like the medical mnemonic. They are all over the internet—mostly on websites and pinboards that were created by over-caffeinated students and then left to rot after graduation.
It’s not hard to find optometry mnemonics but it is hard to find good optometry mnemonics. Punny and crude, they just keep getting cornea and cornea.
Inspired by a similar list by Dr Richard Zimbalist on his website OD Career, Optometry Australia has pulled together a few of the best (or least bad) mnemonics for the Student Hub. Though possibly exhausting, this is not an exhaustive list.
Are their others? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add them to the list.
Toric contact lens axis rotation with ‘LARS’
Left: Add Right: Subtract
RGP tear layer adjustment with ‘SAM FAP’
Steeper, Add Minus Flatter, Add Plus
Angle structures with ‘I Can’t See This S***’ or more politely ‘I Can See The Sun Light’
Secondary glaucomas with ‘NIPPLES’
Seclusio pupillae (in iritis)
+ Trauma (angle recession)
Small choroidal melanocytic lesions with growth potential with ‘To Find Small Ocular Melanomas, Use Helpful Hints Daily’
Thickness > 2 mm
Symptoms (flashes/decreased VA/metamorphopsia)
Orange pigment (lipofuscin)
Margins < 3 mm from disc
Halo absence on IVFA
The 12 cranial nerves
The risqué one is better but the clean version is ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, To Touch And Feel Vintage Green
Velvet. Ahh Heaven!’
Optic atrophy causes with ‘ICING’
Intracranial pressure [raised]
General cataract causes with ‘ABCDE’
Bang: trauma, other injuries (for example: infrared)
Diabetes and other metabolic disturbances (for example, steroids)
Eye diseases: glaucoma, uveitis
Cataracts caused by drugs with ‘ABCs’
To differentiate between infective corneal ulcer and sterile infiltrate: infective ulcer has ‘PEDAL’
Anterior chamber reaction