Today's Spotlight

The Dangers of DNR

A 62-year-old Caucasian male presented to our office with concerns about his changing vision. Years before, he had a melanoma in his right eye, which was irradiated and treated with plaque therapy. He noted gradually changing vision in both eyes, and that prompted him to see another optometrist in the area earlier, but that doctor said that he “had too many things going on” and referred the case to a glaucoma surgeon. The patient found his way to me first, and it’s a good thing he did because, despite the many factors complicating his glaucoma, he wasn’t yet a surgical patient—so why send him to a surgeon?

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A Family Affair

A 17-year-old Chinese male presented for evaluation of a presumed inherited retinal dystrophy. He had a longstanding history of poor night vision and carried a clinical diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) since age six. The patient had two younger brothers, who shared the same biological parents and symptom of poor night vision. The parents denied consanguinity.
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Noninvasive Ptosis Management

Patients frequently present with bothersome blepharoptosis, but in the absence of pharmacologic options, optometrists could historically do little to improve their appearance or functioning. However, late last year, the FDA accepted a promising New Drug Application that, if approved, may soon alter the landscape of ptosis care as we know it.

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Grab BKC by the Horns

A six-year-old Caucasian male presented with severe blepharokeratoconjunctivitis (BKC) associated with photophobia, watering, irritation and reduced acuity. He had significant corneal insult with vascularization and scarring. What are my options?

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June 15, 2020

Features

Bring Concussion Care Into Your Practice

Adapt to the problems these patients present during treatment, and be an advocate for preventative measures.

Macula Exam Tips and Tricks

This small structure plays an important role in patients’ vision. Here’s how you can assess its health.

Racing the Rundle Against Thyroid Eye Disease

A new clinical approach to this condition may give patients a fighting chance at recovery.

Reconsider Your Approach to Diabetic Retinopathy

New findings may create protocols that minimize, or even prevent, vision loss.

Setting Patient Expectations for Anti-VEGF Therapy

Here’s how the primary care optometrist can make sure patients are ready for intravitreal injections.

Sizing Up Geographic Atrophy

Here’s how you can assist patients who have progressed to this stage of macular degeneration.

Tracing Clues Back to Retinitis Pigmentosa

Evaluating this condition can prove to be a genetic mystery.

Departments

A Case of Pediatric Prescribing

Here’s an example of how to approach vision care for these young patients.

A Family Affair

Three boys have poor night vision—can imaging of one explain its cause?

Back on the Horse

A patient returns after years away from the OD, perhaps just in the nick of time.

COVID Collateral

Digging into an anxious patient’s history and medication use often reveals the answer.

Don’t Run Afoul of Imaging Rules

Here’s why the CCI edits matter when coding for your high-tech retinal exam.

Grab BKC by the Horns

The severity of this case requires equally aggressive action.

Keep This MIGS On The Radar

Surgeons have much to gain when they add the Hydrus Microstent to their arsenal.

Masks Up, Shields Up

Keeping everyone safe during COVID-19 might kill some much-needed brain cells in the process.

Noninvasive Ptosis Management

Medical advances are offering more options for these patients.

Prescription Change

Optometric education has caught up with our annual drug guide, so it’s evolving to meet the needs of today.

Shift Focus to Must-see Patients

Even amid COVID-19 worries, caring for patients with retinal disease is a necessity.

The Dangers of DNR

In glaucoma, optometrists can do more than detect and refer.

Work-up and Wait

Although generally not treated, NAION requires close visual field monitoring.

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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

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