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The results of the study show that the respondents have average level of e-resources usage skills, particularly on awareness about many available e-resources. The variables of the respondents namely gender, age groups, designations, specialisations and the type of institutions were significantly influencing their e-resource usage skills and its dimensions. Frequency of access is daily among the respondents belonging to below 35 years age group. Most of the respondents use open access journals, whilst few have individual subscription to e-Journals. Most of the respondents belonging to Government and private/trust institutions access 1 to 3 e-journals only. Smart phones/ tablets are the widely used devices to access e-resources among ophthalmologists, followed by laptops. The researcher suggested conducting orientation and information literacy programs in order to eradicate lack of awareness. Providing supporting facilities for access, Selective Dissemination of Information and identifying the problems before rectifying are the notable aspects suggested by the researcher. The researcher also insists on the role of libraries and ophthalmology associations regarding the effective usage of electronic and online resources.