A patient may present to your office with reduced vision for any number of reasons, ranging from something as benign as uncorrected refractive error to serious pathology. Even in cases in which a combination of factors affect vision, the ability to distinguish between contributory ocular pathology and a refractive error is a must. Despite today’s high-tech tools—such as autorefractors or the potential acuity meter (PAM), to name a few—many ODs turn to a tried-and-true low-tech option: the pinhole occluder.
Adverse reactions from steroid use include, but are not limited to, cataract formation, increased intraocular pressure (IOP), possible secondary infections, delayed wound healing and even central serous retinopathy (CSR). Although these events can be serious and are worth considering, the benefits of steroids often outweigh their risks.
As optometrists, we are well positioned to diagnose and treat glaucoma; however, it’s not as simple as identifying someone with elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) and then lowering it as much as possible. One report calculated more than 56,000 ways to treat glaucoma after taking into account all available medications and possible regimens ranging from monotherapy to maximum medical therapy. Although glaucoma care remains more of an art than an exact science, a structured approach allows us to initiate—and tweak—treatment plans for each individual.
For patients with dry eye disease (DED), treatment options were once confined to artificial tears, warm compresses and the occasional off-label steroid. While some of these help soothe symptoms, they do little to truly manage the disease, especially as it worsens. For patients no longer treatable with these at-home remedies, new research shows a cascade of discoveries in both diagnosis and treatment.
You’ve taken the kids for their checkups and scheduled your parents’ doctor visits. You even went along to make sure they understand what was happening.
Nikki Iravani, OD, is always on the lookout for a great marketing tip.
Nine women ODs were honored during the fourth annual Theia Awards of Excellence from Women In Optometry magazine.