Today's Spotlight

Narrow Focus, Wide Impact

Adding a specialty to your practice helps you do more for patients in need while standing out in the community. The fastest growing one in optometry is dry eye, but ODs are also turning their attention to specialty contact lenses, vision therapy, low vision and myriad other niches. Here’s what these opportunities can do for you.


Today's Spotlight

No More Fun and Games

Digital device use is in the crosshairs of new efforts to curb myopia and protect the retina.

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Rethinking Endothelial Repair

Several novel methods have been proposed to reduce the remaining complications of tissue transplantation for endothelial dysfunction, including the use of cultured human endothelial cells (which is potentially applicable for all forms of endothelial dysfunction) and Descemet’s stripping without endothelial keratoplasty, which eliminates the need for any donor tissue or cells, but is only applicable in the treatment of Fuchs’ endothelial dystrophy. A potentially important innovation is the use of rho-kinase inhibitors, either topically or intracamerally, as an adjunct to Descemet’s stripping or injection of cultured cells.

This article briefly reviews our current understanding of the causes of endothelial dysfunction, and then delves into the status of these new and promising treatments.
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Hone Your Astigmatic Refraction

Which is better, one or two?” You’ve probably heard that repeated back to you at parties any time you mention what you do for a living. But you know it’s more than a catchphrase; it represents the astigmatic portion of a patient’s refraction. You also know that it can be a real time thief. This month, we identify several steps you can take to save time on refractions from start to finish, without ignoring that vital refractive data, so you can get out of the exam lane and back to the party.
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Positive Visual Phenomena: Etiologies Beyond the Eye

Often, clinicians assume a patient’s complaint of bright lights or flashes in vision are associated with vitreous detachment, retinal break or retinal detachment. However, it is critical that ODs carefully differentiate the source of these symptoms, as positive visual phenomena may indicate serious—even life-threatening—systemic health concerns. This article discusses how to identify less common—but higher risk—etiologies of positive visual phenomena.
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September 15, 2018

Features

How Drug Abuse Affects the Eye

Drug use can be identified from a set of ocular sequelae. Learn to recognize the signs and how to respond with this guide.

Master Pediatric Spectacle Wear Challenges

Uncooperative kids, anxious parents and unusual clinical challenges raise the stakes. Here’s how to succeed.

OCT-A for AMD, Diabetes and Beyond

Imaging retinal and choroidal bloodflow can have a significant impact on how you diagnose and treat any number of ocular conditions.

Reality Check: Protecting Ocular Health from Headset Hazards

Devices are expanding your patients’ visual landscapes. What are they doing to their eyes?

Retool Your Office Tech to Boost Efficiency

These tips can help you get more out of EHR, patient communication tools and new diagnostic devices.

Why Refer When You Can Retain?

Adding a specialty focus elevates your practice and dramatically improves your patients’ lives.

Departments

Led Astray

A variable presentation can make myasthenia gravis tricky. This patient took several wrong turns before getting the right diagnosis.

Letters to the Editor

Here, we reply to some of the criticism, praise and suggestions generated by one of our recent features.

Manic (Foveal) Depression

Can imaging unveil the underlying issue of this patient’s unilateral blur?

Mission: Uncorrectable

When a patient can’t achieve 20/20 vision, give it your all to find a solution.

Narrow Focus, Wide Impact

Opportunities abound for ODs looking to add a specialty—now and in the future.

No More Fun and Games

Digital device use is in the crosshairs of new efforts to curb myopia and protect the retina.

Playing with Fire: OCT-A Coding

Know the reimbursement rules before you invest.

That’s a Foul

Ocular trauma during a basketball game sent this patient to our office for much-needed help.

The Day I Became My Own Patient

An idiopathic condition really put me through the ringer.

The Many Hats of Herpes

This virus can present in a variety of ways. Here, we enumerate them.

The Softer Side of Vickers

Just kidding—these poems are brutally honest.

There’s a Killer on the Loose

Patient history and visual field testing can help ODs catch cases of glioblastoma multiforme before it’s too late.

Third Time’s the Charm?

Two graft failures later and a patient is running out of options.

True Colors

Diagnosing and monitoring ocular disease isn’t always black-and-white.

E-Newsletters

Practice Pearls

Expert clinician Paul Karpecki, OD, provides practical insights and management strategies for a wide array of ocular conditions.

RCCL e-News

A quick read of the best pearls from the current issue of Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses, with links to full articles.

Optometric Retina Society E-Newsletter

Keep up to date on the latest research and clinical findings in retinal disease care with this quarterly publication from the ORS.

Optometric Physician E-Journal

A weekly e-journal edited by Art Epstein, OD, featuring incisive commentary, timely research summaries and late-breaking news.

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Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses

September/October 2018
  • Corneal Ulcers: Sterile But Not Benign

  • Your Corneal Infection Care Questions—Answered

    Microbial keratitis is a well-known condition that has the potential to cause visual impairment and blindness. However, treating corneal infections is fraught with challenges and uncertainties that can make a clinician hesitant to move forward with any one management plan, even when confident of the diagnosis. This article addresses several of these roadblocks to help you treat microbial keratitis patients promptly and correctly. 
  • Climb on the Health Bandwagon

    Despite these perceived drawbacks, GP lenses are still highly regarded for their ocular health profile.
  • Take the Anxiety out of Specialty Lens Fittings

    This article walks through five key steps clinicians should take to successfully complete a specialty contact lens fitting and explains how several newer diagnostic instruments can be clinically helpful for novices and veterans alike.

  • Conjunctivitis: Making the Call

    Here, we take a look at what we know—and what remains to be resolved—about conjunctivitis and how best to distinguish between the condition’s various forms.

  • Fighting Corneal Infections With CXL: A New Ally?

    On paper, corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL) for microbial keratitis, a treatment known as photo-activated chromophore for infectious keratitis (PACK-CXL), checks all of these boxes. In application, PACK-CXL, vaguely recognized by optometry as a treatment option for infectious keratitis, has several limitations that stymie its widespread use.

Women in Optometry

Women in Optometry - September 2018
  • POP-UP POLL: Giving Back

    Optometry is, by its nature, a giving profession—but many optometry practices go above and beyond.

  • Recovery Mode

    When disaster strikes, it can leave the most prepared business owner feeling vulnerable and worried about his or her business, employees and patients.

  • Women In Optometry Launches WO Voices, a Podcast Series

    Women In Optometry magazine is continuing its expansion as a multichannel communication platform with the launch of WO Voices, a podcast series.