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Lid Wiper Epitheliopathy: What the OD Needs to Know

Because of the blinking mechanism of the eyes, LWE can be observed in both CL wearers and non-lens wearers, especially when a patient has complaints of dryness without typical clinical signs. It has also been proposed that LWE is a sign of subclinical inflammation that could exacerbate the conundrum of dry eye progression. Consistently and accurately assessing LWE is fast becoming an important component of dry eye disease (DED) identification and treatment. 
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Artificial Tears: What Matters and Why

Tear supplementation with artificial tears is traditionally considered a first-line treatment for dry eye disease (DED). While these agents don’t target the underlying pathophysiology, they often help to alleviate symptoms.

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Red Eye Remedies: New and Tried-and-True

Red eyes are one of the most common ocular complaints, whether occasional or chronic. After all, studies show that individuals with eye redness appear less happy, healthy and attractive than those with a whiter sclera. While the treatment for ocular redness should target the etiology of hyperemia, in the absence of obvious pathology clinicians can consider prescribing topical vasoconstrictors and supportive measures.

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How to Answer the “Why?” of Dry Eye

The cascade of “whys” can be a challenge for optometrists to explain and difficult for patients to accept. But an educated patient is a motivated patient, and success often hinges on compliance. Here, we discuss the dry eye questions patients often have and how clinicians can keep patients focused on what’s important: improving their ocular health.

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CNS Disease: In the Eye and in Your Chair

Because the eye is derived from neuroectoderm and is an extension of the central nervous system (CNS), many conditions, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and multiple sclerosis (MS), can have early—even pre-clinical—ocular signs. New research is beginning to build a case for early detection, even from the optometrist’s chair. Here, we discuss these three common neurological conditions and the ocular manifestations that may present during an exam. 
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November 15, 2020

Features

A Modern Approach to Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

Learn how to effectively identify, diagnose and treat this condition.

Artificial Tears: What Matters and Why

When selecting the right drop for your DED patient, experts say the devil’s in the details.

CNS Disease: In the Eye and in Your Chair

These systemic conditions are on the rise, and new research suggests we can catch early signs with an eye exam. Here’s what you need to know.

How to Add Ortho-K to Your Toolkit

This valuable service may require thorough education but will provide enormous benefits to your patients and practice.

How to Answer the “Why?” of Dry Eye

Patients have a lot of questions with this diagnosis, and how you respond is key to achieving positive outcomes.

Lid Wiper Epitheliopathy: What the OD Needs to Know

Observe and assess this aspect of the ocular surface to better deal with dry eye.

Red Eye Remedies: New and Tried-and-True

Eye care providers already have a robust arsenal to help their patients combat this common ocular complaint. Here are the latest additions.

Departments

A Hazy Shade of Winter

Fundus imaging can help reveal a patient’s tumultuous health history.

An Unexpected Turn

Could the comorbid presentation of ptosis and strabismus in this patient indicate a neurological cause?

Caveat Emptor

Another online seller pushes convenience over quality.

DED: A Road Well-Traveled

Here are some tips to help you avoid the potholes I’ve hit along my 20-year journey as a dry eye specialist.

Family is Family

They’re great and all, but they’ll drive you nuts. And you can’t even escape them at the office.

Heart to Heart

Concurrent keratoconus and systemic disease may, or may not, be connected.

Letters to the Editor

Read these optometrists' reactions to one of our recent news stories and a column published over the summer.

New Codes: A Waiting Game

Carriers may not pay yet, but Category III codes are crucial, particularly for a number of new ocular surface procedures

Off to a Bad Start

The timing of surgical intervention for macula-off RD is debateable, and COVID could complicate things further.

Put a Damper on Flareups

Managing acute dry eye looks different every year with new therapy approvals.

Straight to the Point

Ocular trauma must be managed quickly, or else surgical intervention may be deemed necessary.

The Ophthalmic Workhorse

Phenylephrine’s effect on the sympathetic nervous system provides numerous applications far beyond dilation.

E-Newsletters

Practice Pearls

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

OCCRS E-Newsletter

A quarterly e-newsletter by Optometric Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS) covering the latest information on cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, comanagement and leading technologies.

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

October 2020 • 2.00 Credits

Antibiotics in Eye Care: A Balancing Act

September 2020 • 2.00 Credits

Corneal Dystrophies Front to Back

Additional Publications

Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses

November/December 2020

Women in Optometry

Women in Optometry - June 2020