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How COVID-19 is Reshaping Optometry

COVID-19 is not an extinction event for optometry, but that does not diminish its stressful and humbling effects. The post-COVID-19 landscape is bound to change many facets of eye care, including consumer behavior, business strategy and practice operation. What follows is a view into each of these windows of what may lie ahead.

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Myopia: Should We Treat It Like a Disease?

Will a lifetime correction of just -2.00D or -3.00D really make a difference in the long run for the patient’s ocular health and quality of life? A close look at the numbers and the host of possible long-term effects suggests the answer is yes. 
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Telehealth: Friend or Foe?

Prior to COVID-19 , both the popularity and use of telehealth was minimal due to several constraints. It is difficult to see a staining pattern or examine the retina via telehealth. I’m not saying that it can’t be done, but it’s difficult to say the least.
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A Patient on Thin Ice

Brian’s fourth concussion had put him out of professional hockey for about a year, and he wondered if his NHL career might be over. Looking for help, he reached out to Sue Durham, OD, who was an officer of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association at the time. Dr. Durham prescribed Brian glasses with low plus and a small amount of cylinder. The lenses helped him begin his recovery, but he was ultimately referred to us with the goal of getting back on the ice.
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Red Herring

A 25-year-old presents with bilateral red eyes. He has a past history of chlamydia. Could the two be related?

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October 15, 2020

Features

A Simpler Way to Code Office Encounters

A major update coming in January will finally make things much easier.

Antibiotics in Eye Care: A Balancing Act

Here’s what you need to consider when weighing the benefits versus the risks in the era of resistance.

Eye Care at the Speed of Light

Telehealth and AI rely on digital tools when human interaction is hard to come by. Here’s how these trends have been accelerated by the shutdown and other catalysts.

Genetics in Eye Care: DNA Leads the Way

Knowledge of disease processes is flourishing, but questions remain regarding clinical application.

How COVID-19 is Reshaping Optometry

With all the changes wrought by the pandemic, optometrists must be nimble and willing to adapt—or else find themselves outmaneuvered.

Myopia: Should We Treat It Like a Disease?

The research is mounting, but whether the projections hold true in clinical practice is still up for debate.

Will Subspecialization Help Optometry Evolve?

After years of discussion, it just may happen. Some think it’s long overdue—others say it’s unnecessary. Here’s a preview.

Departments

A Patient on Thin Ice

We had to help an athlete break a bad habit so that he could return to his sport.

Decreased Vision Indecision

Macular involvement and a swift decline in acuity prompt many questions about the condition’s causes and potential interventions.

Equilibrium in the Eye

Immediate medical intervention can stabilize the acute angle-closure patient for LPI.

Evading the Hallmark of Glaucoma

Patients lost to follow-up aren’t always a train wreck when they finally re-emerge.

Musings Behind the Mask

My PPE is getting to my head, causing more reflection than usual. These notes might just spark something in you, too.

Red Herring

A potential misdiagnosis might bump the proper treatment for EKC off track.

Telehealth: Friend or Foe?

Temporary changes have made this platform useful, but that might not be the case moving forward.

The Post COVID-19 Game Plan

Here’s why some practices are closing their doors while others are thriving.

The Space Between

A unique OCT pattern will reveal what is affecting our elderly patient.

The Value of Vaccination

Shingrix is the recommended vaccine for shingles, especially for patients taking a prophylactic antiviral.

Up Your ERM Referral Game

Innovations in instrumentation have made epiretinal membrane surgery a more viable option for many patients.

Winds of Change

Numerous trends in optometry are reaching an inflection point. Will they disrupt, or just distract?

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

July 2020 • 2.00 Credits

A Practical Approach to Angle-closure

Additional Publications

Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses

September/October 2020

Women in Optometry

Women in Optometry - June 2020