By now you’ve heard about the death of Frank Fontana, universally known as ‘Uncle
Frank’ throughout optometry. Many of us who were close to him—and that’s hundreds of people at least— are taking it pretty hard. Because Uncle Frank truly did feel like a member of the family.
HSV is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the developed world.1 Risk factors for HSV activation or recurrence include stress, ultraviolet exposure, trauma, menstruation and illness.1,2 Herpetic eye disease (HED) is typically unilateral and recurrent in the same eye. Patients with history of atopy, immune-compromise or immunosuppression can present with bilateral or more recurrent herpetic disease.2
I (Dr. Kabat) must have burned my tongue on something. That was the only logical explanation. I was eating a delicious dinner on my 54th birthday, but it didn’t taste right. In fact, it barely tasted at all. Maybe some more salt? Nope…well, this is depressing. It’ll be better tomorrow, I thought.
Breakfast the next morning was equally bland. At work, I noticed that my right eye was tearing excessively, and that was unusual. Did I injure it somehow? Well, the eye felt a little bit scratchy. Some artificial tears should take care of it. Unfortunately, it kept on tearing throughout the day, and my eye felt… funny. Not painful, but almost like I had put a drop of tetracaine in my eye. Boy, this really isn’t my week.
It wasn’t until I started shaving on the third day that I realized what was going on. As I tried to puff out my cheeks, I found myself sputtering and spitting on the mirror. I looked closer at my face. I smiled a wide grin, and to my astonishment, only the left side of my face responded.
A 32-year-old Caucasian male reported to the clinic with a chief complaint of vision loss in his left eye following trauma received during a basketball game. He explained that he had been hit around the left eye by an elbow during a game, saw an impressive flash of light and now felt some of the floor was missing or foggy. His systemic and ocular histories were unremarkable and he denied exposure to chemicals or allergies of any kind.
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.
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.
Most optometrists end up borrowing some money for optometry school.
It can sound so friendly, one of those "tell me about yourself and your goals" kinds of questions.
Ana Vargas, OD, was working as an associate OD at L A Optometrique in Sherman Oaks, California, for about five years when the owners offered her the opportunity to buy the office.