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An OD’s Guide to Corneal Transplant Options

The term corneal transplant is no longer synonymous with full-thickness penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). It is now divided into subcategories with different tissue layers. This family of procedures includes traditional PKP, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty, Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty, Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty and pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty.

This article reviews these options, what patients need to know and the optometrist’s role in comanagement.
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Slaying the Giant Cell Arteritis

Giant cell arteritis is a rare, but urgent and potentially life-threatening, presentation that can have ocular consequences. This course details how to tell which patients are likely to have it based on their history and symptoms as well as how to test for it using both imaging and lab work, and reviews the optometrist’s role in treating and comanaging these patients. 

 
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How Drug Abuse Affects the Eye

It’s no secret that Americans are in the midst of a substance abuse crisis. As primary care physicians, optometrists can play a role in recognizing damage or dysfunction to either ocular structures or the components of the visual pathway these drugs cause and counseling patients in these circumstances. This article reviews commonly used legal and illicit substances, and how each are associated with the formation, or exaggeration, of disease or damage.

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Dry Eye Therapy: Keeping it Simple

These diagnostic, pharmaceutical and lifestyle tips can help you prepare DED patients for the therapy road ahead, and shift their mindset from one of burdensome treatment to ongoing eye care.

Today's Spotlight

Master the Maze of Artificial Tears

While optometrists are fortunate to have an expanding armamentarium, artificial tears remain an integral part of the basic management strategy as a recommended first-line option. Although they do not directly address the underlying etiology of dry eye, artificial tears can effectively control symptoms and may be the primary therapeutic component for many with mild or episodic dry eye.

 

 

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November 15, 2018

Features

Checking Under the Hood: How to Evaluate the Lid and Ocular Surface

Recognizing minor signs of underlying ocular surface or lid disease requires a thorough evaluation. Here’s a guide to a comprehensive exam of the ocular surface.

Dry Eye Disease: Know Your Comorbidities

Dry, irritated eyes can be one of the trickiest clinical findings. These systemic associations may be the key.

Dry Eye Therapy: Keeping it Simple

Not everything you recommend has to cost a fortune. These low-budget tricks can help patients combat dry eye and stay on budget.

Familiarize Yourself with Point-of-care Tools for Dry Eye

A plethora of new tools are rewriting the anterior segment disease monitoring protocol.

Master the Maze of Artificial Tears

Having so many choices can be overwhelming,but knowing what each one offers can help you steer patients in the right direction.

The Dilated Exam in the Age of Ultra-widefield Imaging

The technology’s pros and cons have made it a hot topic in recent years. Here’s where it currently stands in clinical practice.

Departments

A Hazy, Shaded Vision

A young, otherwise healthy patient is suddenly beset by floaters.

Breaking Down Resistance

While non-responsiveness to drugs like acyclovir during herpes simplex treatment is rare, doctors must know how to proceed if they run into this problem.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Dry eye patients are everywhere—and yet, too often we fail to get them identified and treated.

Hydrops it Like it’s Hot

If you can quickly resolve edema in these cases, you’ll reduce the need for a transplant.

ION: Low Pressure, High Risk

Infarction of the optic nerve has many systemic implications to guard against.

Take on Point-of-care Testing

Follow the proper certification steps and benefit from its impact on clinical outcomes.

The Many Methods of MGD

More options for cleaning and treating the lid margins and meibomian glands means better patient care.

The Neuroimaging Dilemma

Progress and proper detection can offer early diagnosis and other benefits.

The Revolution that Wasn't

Expect artificial intelligence to come to optometry gradually. In fact, it’s already here.

Wanted: An Eye For Business

I feel bad for all of you who thought knowing how to perform a refraction was the key to optometry.

Why SVP Matters

In medicine as in life, it’s good to be spontaneous.

Widefield Tech Not a Solo Act

Don’t get complacent with ultra-wide imaging alone; remember to dilate and avoid trouble.

E-Newsletters

Practice Pearls

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

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.

Continuing Education

November 2018 • 2.00 Credits

Dry Eye Disease: Know Your Comorbidities

October 2018 • 2.00 Credits

The ABCs of Radiologic Testing

September 2018 • 2.00 Credits

Slaying the Giant Cell Arteritis

August 2018 • 2.00 Credits

Scleral Lenses Boom, Don't Bust

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