• Tim Root's books are a good starting place. While they look like silly cartoon books, many residents and young faculty recognize these books as great ways to quickly tackle the absolute fundamentals before moving on to "more substantive" books. 

NoteTim Root's Videos are an adjunct to the books. Watch them as you read through each chapter. 
By Dr Timothy Root

Ophthalmology Secrets in Color, 4e
By Janice Gault MD FACS, James F. Vander MD

  • Many experts suggest starting going with AAO's Basic Ophthalmology textbook. This reinforces content that you can learn through Tim Root's book and Ophthalmology Secrets. In my opinion, those were easier to get through, more enjoyable, and more written for students going into ophthalmology.  

  • Lastly, if you want to open your wallet (or have Clinical Key access), Kanski's Ophthalmology or Spalton's Atlas are well-recommended atlases. 

Basic Ophthalmology: Essentials for Medical Students, 10th ed.
By American Academy of Ophthalmology
Kanski's Clinical Ophthalmology: A Systematic Approach, 8e
By Brad Bowling FRCSEd(Ophth) FRCOphth FRANZCO
Atlas Of Clinical Ophthalmology, Third Edition
By David J. Spalton FRCS FRCP FRCOphth, Roger A. Hitchings FRCOphth, Paul Hunter FRCP FRCOphth