It is easy to feel like your head is going to explode when a colleague asks a simple question that makes you stop and think… and think and think. The late Robert A. Kraskin, OD, asked, “Of what value is the +0.75 on the distance refraction to the human organism?” The answer that I (Dr. Harris) had been primed to give was also a simple one. I raised my hand and said, “A buffer.” Then, he asked me to explain what I meant. It was only over time that I developed an understanding of buffers and the value of hyperopia to the visual process.
Have you ever thought about what makes you special? Or have you fallen into the trap of conformity that comes from the uniformity of your schooling and continuing education? Back in the day, each optometry school had a personality and was staffed by personalities; you could almost tell which school ODs attended by their knowledge and application of it.
The last 20 years have provided myriad contact lens innovations, including daily disposal modalities, silicone hydrogel technology and water gradient contact lenses, hyaluronic acid for tear retention and new preservative-free solutions. And yet the contact lens dropout rate has not changed. Many of these patients want to stay in contact lenses, but we’re missing the early signs of ocular surface diseases such as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), blepharitis and dry eye disease (DED) that are thwarting comfort.
Last summer, just around the time that Krishna Khatri, OD, found out that she was expecting her second child, she also received news that unexpectedly shook the professional side of her life when Sears Canada announced its bankruptcy.
Many patients come to your office and plan to buy their eyewear from you.