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‘Further Research is Needed’

With so much research news churning through our word processors, one phrase shows up again and again without fail: the dreaded ‘further research is needed’ to close a paper.

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Not Fade Away

A 45-year-old male presented to the office with an unsettling complaint; “My right eye is going blind!” He explained that his vision seemed to be gradually changing for the worse over the last couple of days.

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Why SVP Matters

Frequently, the optometrist is faced with very subtle findings and is forced to decide whether these represent normal variations or something that warrants an emergent workup and referral. In such cases, the most helpful element of the examination is the presence or absence of a spontaneous venous pulse (SVP).


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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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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.

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February 15, 2019


A Light in the DARC: Seeing Glaucoma Before it Strikes

This cutting-edge technology could give us a window into the disease earlier in its course—shifting treatment ahead and possibly preventing vision loss.

Bioengineering the Retinal Pigment Epithelium

New stem cell-based therapies are paving the way for age-related macular degeneration treatment.

Can We Lower IOP with Glasses?

Researchers are finding shocking new ways to employ electro-stimulation.

How to Succeed in Plaquenil Screenings

The spectrum of OCT findings associated with the medication can make incorporating the 2016 guidelines harder than you think. Here’s help.

Iontophoresis: Wave of the Future?

A low-level electrical current may turbo-charge topical drug delivery to the eye.

Take a Clinical Approach to Anterior Uveitis

The ultimate goal is to narrow down symptoms to effective treatment.

The Neurologic Exam, Step-by-step

This case-based review will help you assess beyond each patient’s visual presentation and uncover key clinical signs of neurologic dysfunction.

While You Were Sleeping

A new phototherapeutic contact lens, worn overnight, could effectively address diabetic retinopathy progression.


‘Further Research is Needed’

It’s both a mantra and a cliché—and also an important reminder to practicing clinicians.

Beyond the Phoropter

Are glasses always necessary? It takes more than just the numbers to make that call.

Cutting Out Calcifications

Concretions don’t often need excision, but here’s what to expect when they do.

Grow Some Nerve

A new treatment holds promise for helping patients with neurotrophic keratitis.

Headbanger’s Flaw

This 33-year-old patient experienced blurred vision three months after an automobile accident in which she sustained head trauma. Can you identify the cause?

If Only They Had Asked

Complications can and do occur, though some can be averted.

Let's Get Medical

This is the year to embrace medical optometry or even consider a specialty.

Making the Grade

Type A personalities can get an F if their treatment expectations are not kept in check.

Making the Leap

Avoiding corneal touch whenever possible when fitting scleral lenses helps minimize the risk of long-term ocular damage.

Serous Business

CSR can be treated a number of different ways—but should it be?

Summon Some Courage

Jury duty isn’t so bad when you can’t weasel out of it—and remember, it could always be worse.

The Telephone is Ringing…

A new year brings new rules—make sure you know what your carriers expect when it comes to telehealth services.

What's in Your Head?

How can this patient’s presentation and MRI explain his vision loss?


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

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Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses

January/February 2019
  • Transplantation for Limbal Stem Cell Deficiency

    Corneal diseases, and our understanding of them, have advanced significantly over the last 15 to 20 years. One such disorder is limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD). Diagnosis has greatly increased with technological advancements of corneal topography/tomography and AS-OCT. This has led to the need to improve treatment options for LSCD. As optometrists, we are more familiar with non-surgical treatment options for LSCD, but it is also important for us to understand the surgical treatments and how to care for these patients postoperatively. 

  • Keratoplasty: When and Why

    Surgeons perform corneal graft surgery for a wide variety of indications, including stromal opacification, corneal ectasias and persistent corneal edema due to endothelial failure. Here we review common graft indications in the United States, clinical pearls for a timely and correct diagnosis and recommendations on when to obtain an initial surgical consult for keratoplasty.
  • New Lenses for a New Year

    Not too long ago, the contact lens marketplace seemed a bit stagnant. Practitioners had a stable line-up of offerings that served patients well, but it was essentially the same product lines year in and year out with some incremental updates. For 2019, however, industry has some ambitious new ideas to debut.
  • Post-cataract Surgery Inflammation: a Toxin or a Bug?

    While cataract surgery has become an incredibly safe outpatient procedure, it’s still surgery, and more than 738,000 surgical site infections occur every year involving outpatient surgery patients in the United States.
  • The Art of Corneal Transplantation

    In recent years, the evolution of techniques and technologies has substantially improved outcomes and enabled a shift toward replacement of only the diseased layers. The different transplant types can be a bit disorienting, but understanding their indications and knowing how to perform perioperative care can make a world of difference for optometrists and their patients.

  • Fitting the Surgically Compromised Cornea

Women in Optometry

Women in Optometry - November 2018