While clinicians cannot forget the evidence-based findings that have shaped how we diagnose, treat and follow glaucoma patients, many may question the relevance of the landmark studies with the advent of new treatments and technologies.
Remote refraction services and other self-administered device-based systems are the most obvious example. Understandably, these irk optometrists. But, experts say, it’s short-sighted to equate online refraction with the totality of telehealth, a sprawling field that encompasses, in essence, any digital-based delivery of medical care, education or communication—from EHR to AI and everything in between.
As optometry grows at an impressive rate—new grads outpace retirees every year—it becomes more difficult to stand out from the crowd. If yours is a typical practice, what draws patients in beside proximity and the insurance plans you accept? Those may have been enough to help you get by in the past. But sooner or later, you will need more.
Optometry is a legislated profession” is a refrain ODs hear over and over throughout their education and into their careers. The entire scope of practice is dependent on the passage of statewide bills. As a result, optometry has become 50 slightly different professions throughout the country, with 50 different menus of procedures and indications available. These variations are decided by lawmakers, but often reflect the whims of a powerful medical lobby that pushes skepticism about optometry.
Here, we discuss the contact lens fitting considerations clinicians must keep in mind when fitting patients after incisional and laser refractive surgery, intrastromal corneal ring implantation and various keratoplasty techniques.
Contact lens dropout rates remain high due to factors such as discomfort and vision-related problems. This makes it more important than ever to prioritize patient comfort and quality of care by taking the time to exercise basic contact lens exam principles and gather appropriate patient information upfront, thereby reducing contact lens problems down the road and increasing overall patient success and satisfaction.
Irregular astigmatism, often seen in corneal ectasia, can cause significant visual distortion in patients. The most common primary ectasia—keratoconus—presents challenges for eye care providers and patients alike.
ODs also have a wide array of lens materials at their disposal in this modality, but many may not know how to select the best option for their scleral lens patients, especially with the significant increase in their use for both irregular and normal corneas. This article discusses how ODs can improve their scleral lens fittings with a better understanding of lens material choices.
These fitting guides often provide unique insights into the products that contact lens fitters uncover during beta testing, which can save significant chair time during the fitting process.
Allison Toler, OD, FAAO, of Clermont, Florida, took a lease in a Target Optical location in 2011, after a few years of filling in for other leaseholders. As her business grew, she started to see more and more children who were excellent candidates for vision therapy.
The annual Theia Awards of Excellence are a highlight of the year at Women In Optometry. Here are the 2018 winners.
Most optometrists end up borrowing some money for optometry school.