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An OD’s Guide to Corneal Transplant Options

The term corneal transplant is no longer synonymous with full-thickness penetrating keratoplasty (PKP). It is now divided into subcategories with different tissue layers. This family of procedures includes traditional PKP, deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty, Descemet’s stripping endothelial keratoplasty, Descemet’s membrane endothelial keratoplasty and pre-Descemet’s endothelial keratoplasty.

This article reviews these options, what patients need to know and the optometrist’s role in comanagement.
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Bullseye

A 57-year-old Caucasian male reported to the office emergently following blunt trauma to his left eye caused by a falling 2x4. He was clearly in distress, suffering from pain, photophobia, lacrimation, hemolacria (bloody tears) and blurry vision. He had no previous ocular history and his systemic history was remarkable for hypertension, for which he was properly controlled with lisinopril. He denied allergies of any kind.
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A Comprehensive Look at Dry Eye Therapy

Because dry eye is a multifaceted diagnosis, optometrists need to stay current with rapid advances that change current treatments and how optometrists manage dry eye patients. This article discusses the keys to diagnosing dry eye and the myriad treatment options available to help patients manage their specific form of dry eye, whether it’s meibomian gland dysfunction, aqueous deficient dry eye or caused by an outside irritant such as cosmetics or Demodex.
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Do APDs Matter? It’s All Relative

The testing of the pupillary response to light is routinely performed by the eye care practitioner and imparts valuable information regarding the presence, laterality or magnitude of diseases that mainly affect the optic nerve, such as glaucoma. A relative afferent pupillary defect, when present, is an important marker in the evaluation of unilateral or asymmetric function of the anterior visual pathway. It serves as an indication of reduced afferent input from the retina or optic nerve when compared with the fellow eye.

Because it’s so commonplace, clinicians may tend to focus more on its diagnostic role than the physiology being tested. Understanding both, however, will provide a fuller picture of your patient’s pathology.
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The OD’s Guide to Managing Recurrent Corneal Erosion

Recurrent corneal erosion is a clinical syndrome characterized by inadequate epithelial basement membrane adhesions, resulting in repeat episodes of corneal epithelial defects. These episodes are typically acute and may involve symptoms ranging from mild irritation to significant pain. The average age of onset is the fourth or fifth decade, with a slight female predominance.
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January 15, 2018

Features

An OD’s Guide to Corneal Transplant Options

Optometrists can play a significant role in preparing patients for these procedures and safeguarding against complications.

Fixing a Hole: How to Heal Persistent Epithelial Defects

Clinicians have a robust arsenal for treating this reccurring condition. Knowing where to start and when to switch it up is key.

Intruder Alert: Diagnosing Corneal Infiltrative Disease

The age-old question, “is this sterile or infectious?” may be an oversimplification. This review will help you find the underlying cause of your patient’s issue.

Positive Visual Phenomena: Etiologies Beyond the Eye

Prepare to investigate the many non-ocular events that cause patients to see flashes or bright lights.

Your Top 12 Crosslinking Questions—Answered!

New to corneal collagen crosslinking? This Q&A guide from Wills Eye Hospital will help prepare you to manage keratoconus patients in the new era.

Departments

2018: What’s in View for You

A new year is an exciting time to contemplate what lies ahead. Many key technologies could greatly affect how we practice.

Dry Eye Gone Awry

When you try every topical therapy in the book and still can’t get resolution, you may need a systemic agent—and an ally in another field.

Heroes and Shields

Because VKC occurs mostly in children, swift, aggressive treatment is crucial.

Leak Investigation

A recent cataract surgery patient showed some unusual findings in a postoperative exam, but is it related to the procedure?

News Review

CXL | Glaucoma | AMD | Macular Damage

Quiet Down!

This year, I’m going to shut my mouth. Or, more likely, I’ll forget and use these words more often.

Smart Phone, Dumb App

Valuing convenience and cost savings over expertise and results enables bad habits that could prove harmful.

Spot the Dot

When an OD notes this unusual presentation, it’s time to spring into action.

Streaks of Concern

Although uncommon, angioid streaks often have a systemic cause and warrant prompt attention.

The Purpose of Prostaglandins

Two decades ago, these drugs revolutionized glaucoma therapy. Use this refresher on how they work to understand what makes the newest entrant fit in.

What Are You Worth?

Timely fee analysis and periodic restructuring is essential to practice success.

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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.

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December 2017 • 2.00 Credits

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