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How to Handle Non-Ocular Emergencies in Your Practice

Preparation is paramount. Here’s how to gear up for these unexpected events so that you can react appropriately in your clinic.

Today's Spotlight

A Day in the Life

The most crucial aspect of any examination is the history. A comprehensive history includes talking with the patient and getting to know them. Not only do you foster a relationship that will hopefully last for years to come, but you can also better serve the patient’s needs as well. You might learn that a patient is struggling in school and suggest a referral to a learning specialist or neuropsychologist or run a few extra binocular vision tests. You may learn that a patient recently lost a family member and extend condolences and a listening ear; if needed, you can provide a referral to a counselor. You could learn that a patient has not had a physical in many years and suggest visiting their primary care physician. 

Today's Spotlight

Managing Episodes of Corneal Trauma

Due to the cornea’s role in protecting the eye, it is commonly injured in trauma, resulting from a multitude of etiologies as discussed. With prompt care and treatment, these conditions can be managed and visual acuity can be preserved.

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A Sight for Sore Eyes

A 40-year-old Caucasian female presented with three days of paracentral visual disturbance in both eyes (OU). She denied flashes, floaters, pain or photophobia. Her medical and ocular histories were unremarkable; she denied any prescription, over-the-counter or illicit drug use. She also denied any similar previous episodes and had no known environmental or drug allergies.

Today's Spotlight

A Game Plan for Treating Corneal Infections

Due to the cornea’s role in protecting the eye, it is commonly injured in trauma, resulting from a multitude of etiologies as discussed. With prompt care and treatment, these conditions can be managed and visual acuity can be preserved.

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May 15, 2023


Assessing Eyelid Health in Dry Eye Patients

We dive into the role abnormalities and meibomian gland dysfunction play in development and progression.

How Contact Lenses Contribute to Dry Eye

Learn about their impact on the fragile structure of the tear film, which patients are at greatest risk and the options available to alleviate symptoms.

Keeping an Eye Out for Lacrimal Gland Abnormalities

Understanding how these issues present and their potential implications is critical for prompt treatment and positive patient outcomes.

Pediatric Exams Made Easy

Make a big impact with our smaller patients and take the time to address their visual needs.

When Psych Issues Manifest in Your Patient

How to properly handle mental health conditions, such as depression, abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder, that may arise during an exam.


Drink Up

Hydrating the whole body—not just the eyes—is key to improving the ocular surface.

Spot the Problem

What do these distinctive lesions represent?

Give It a Shot

A new treatment for early dry AMD can slow lesion progression. This elevates the role of the OD in disease detection.

Glaucoma Care: Easing the Pressure

Two new products are bound to simplify treatment regimens for your patients.

Innovations, Part Two

These products are making an impact in the eyecare world.

It Don’t Come Easy

Dry eye patients who want to reduce their symptoms need to take at least some action of their own instead of expecting you to solve it all.

Lose that Lump

Intralesional injection can help patients who want a less invasive option for treating their chalazion.

Lurking in the Shadows

Would you refer for supplemental testing under these circumstances?

Put Your Foot Down

Arguably the most important organ, your feet deserve all the care in the world if they’re going to carry you around it.

Seeing Both Sides of It

Is this patient’s ocular asymmetry a cause for concern? If so, what is the appropriate course of action?

Tiny Red Flag, Big Issue

An external injury nearly disguised an intraocular foreign body.

Vascular Variations

Brush up on the fundamental differences between arteries, veins and capillaries and how each feeds the eye.


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.

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Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses

March/April 2023
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