Today's Spotlight

Five Ways to Connect Lens Care with Comfort

Whether you’re working with a first-time contact lens patient or an existing wearer who is having difficulties, you need to play every card you hold if you want to win them over to long-term lens wear. During the contact lens fitting process, the influence of case systems on comfort is often sidelined for a proper fit and correction, and with a 24% contact lens dropout rate directly due to discomfort, it can feel like a no-win scenario. However, choosing the right lens care system can help minimize discomfort. Here are some of the most important things to keep in mind when recommending an effective and comfortable lens care system for your patients.
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From Alpha to Omega: How Fatty Acids Fight Dry Eye

Because omega-3 fatty acids decrease inflammation and promote health, they can provide significant benefits for patients with dry eye—a disease inflammatory in nature. A closer look at omega fatty acids will help you better understand their use in dry eye and give you the tools necessary to educate your patients on their benefits.
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News Review

Researchers from 16 collaborating study sites compared data from more than 5,417 patients, 2,075 of whom were diagnosed with Fuchs’ endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD), and found new associations between three regions of genetic code, or loci, and the disorder: KANK4, LAMC1 and ATP1B1. They also confirmed the significance of TCF4, which earlier studies have linked to FECD.
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Canalicular Rolling Stones

A 63-year-old Caucasian male presented for consultation with complaints of a chronically red and watering right eye. He said the condition had persisted for at least six months, intermittently improving, but gradually worsening overall. He claimed that his eye really was not terribly uncomfortable, but that the tearing was problematic and interfering with his ability to drive and read. His medical history was positive for controlled hypertension (nebivolol 5mg once daily). A dermatologist diagnosed him with rosacea, but he was not currently treating it.
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Corneal Crosslinking: Managing Keratoconus Beyond the Surface

The standard of care for keratoconus (KCN) has changed very little over the years. However, the status quo is undergoing revolutionary modifications due to the recent FDA approval of corneal collagen crosslinking (CXL). Currently indicated for treating progressive keratoconus and post-surgical ectasia, CXL represents the most significant treatment paradigm change for this population. 

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Look Inside The Current Issue

May 15, 2017

Features

A Comprehensive Look at Dry Eye Therapy

With such a robust dry eye toolbox, knowing the best approach can be tricky. This run-down of options will help clarify the treatment strategies at your disposal.

Corneal Crosslinking: Managing Keratoconus Beyond the Surface

This new treatment modality is changing the way we care for our irregular cornea patients.

Disrupt the Disrupter: Keeping Patients in the Age of Online Refractions

By emphasizing expedience, these sites reveal their own shortcomings—and your strengths.

From Alpha to Omega: How Fatty Acids Fight Dry Eye

A better understanding of the mechanisms of action can help you prescribe these supplements—and educate patients.

Going Old School: A Refresher on Retinoscopy

Refracting without an autorefractor or a phoropter has its advantages for some patients. Brush up on your skills with these case examples.

Identify and Manage Retinal Vascular Tumors

This rare presentation can lead to a larger systemic diagnosis, if you know what to look for.

Less is More: What You Need to Know About Dropless Cataract Surgery

Postoperative drops place a significant cost and compliance burden on our patients, but injectable medications can improve the experience.

Orbital Mucormycosis On the Attack

Not all cellulitis cases are what they seem. Know when you may be facing this rare but ravaging pathogen before it’s too late.

Slay Severe Dry Eye

When a patient’s ocular surface disease is particularly nasty, ODs need to rethink the approach.

Departments

A Confounding Corner of the Eye

A 71-year-old glaucoma patient presents for a scheduled follow-up—and is headed to the OR for cataract surgery.

A Spectre Over this Sector

Some cases of sector injection are not episcleritis, and you may have to jog your patient’s memory to find the true cause.

Ain’t It the Pits?

A 74-year-old black male reported to the office with a chief complaint of blurry vision and a black spot in his left eye’s field of vision.

Behind RVO: Virchow’s Triad

One simple concept can help you successfully treat retinal vein occlusions and prevent serious associated systemic conditions.

Canalicular Rolling Stones

Stop this rare infection while time is on your side.

Concussion, CTE and the Visual System

Current research suggests a role for optometric care on the playing field and in other settings where concussion and traumatic brain injury are prevalent.

Good Walls Make Good Patients

Can these images help explain this patient’s blurry vision?

Keeping Up With the Codes

Denying and rationalizing bad coding decisions are just putting your practice at risk.

News Review

FECD | Pediatric Guidelines | Diabetes Research | Vitamin A

Product Review

Lens Technology | Diagnostic Technology

Watch Out for Those Gnats

I’ve got a good punctum story for y’all, if you stay with me.

Which Trends are Our Friends?

Heightened dry eye awareness is definitely a friend to optometry, but the jury is still out about online refraction and our ultimate role in corneal crosslinking.

Zen and the Art of Dry Eye

A new definition stresses the need to achieve balance among the many forces at work on the ocular surface.

E-Newsletters

Practice Pearls

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

RCCL e-News

A quick read of the best pearls from the current issue of Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses, with links to full articles.

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.

Additional Publications

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May/June 2017

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