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Optometry’s Lifelong Friend

From its inception in 1891, Review of Optometry has been and will continue to be an informative friend to optometrists, an advocate for the advancement of the profession and a mentor providing practical and useful knowledge. This retrospective gives us—and hopefully, you—an opportunity to recollect the many accomplishments and successes that the profession has made in the past century and a quarter, which have been reflected and even presaged in the pages of this publication. 

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Brimonidine Breakup

Brimonidine is an interesting molecule to consider. As an alpha-2 adrenergic agonist, many practitioners may most often think of this medicine for its use in treating glaucoma. The majority of brimonidine’s activity resides in its ability to decrease aqueous production from the ciliary body, though it also helps to facilitate some extra aqueous drainage through the trabecular meshwork. Currently, brimonidine is available in three commercial concentrations: 0.1%, 0.15% and 0.2%.
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A Witness to History

This 125th anniversary milestone for Review of Optometry has provided me the opportunity to think about many of the advances and changes that have happened to my beloved profession in my lifetime. Join me in a brief trip down memory lane. If you are a young optometrist, you may read in disbelief about the what and the how it happened. You already appreciate the why it happened!
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125 Years of Optometry: A Timeline

Milestones in the profession, cultural events of the day, and the evolution of this publication.

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When Astigmatism Goes Off-Key

Nearly all of us were taught to view astigmatism as the result of some accidental, idiopathic misshaping of the cornea, and that two types of astigmatism exist: with- and against-the-rule.
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Look Inside The Current Issue

July 15, 2016


“We Shall be Known as Optometrists”

Review has always been there to chronicle—and even influence—the journey to the profession’s name.

125 Years of Optometry: A Timeline

Milestones in the profession, cultural events of the day, and the evolution of this publication.

A Black Eye for Optometry

In 1937, Reader’s Digest took a swing at the young profession in a scathing investigative report, but optometry came back fighting.

A Fight for the Right to Learn

Nothing has come easily for the profession of optometry, and education is no different. But it’s come a long way from the days of apprenticeship.

A Review of the Review

Experts in the field reflect on their early contributions to the magazine and how things have changed since.

A Witness to History

See more than 70 years of challenge and change through the eyes of an optometrist who lived through many seismic events in the profession’s evolution.

Bridging the Generation Gap

Before ODs had either legal or technological ability to diagnose the way they do today, how did they practice? One doctor asks his optometrist father.

Contact Lenses: A Perfect Fit for Optometry

Though its origins may stem from ophthalmology, the contact lens was mastered and perfected in the hands of optometrists.

Days of Diversity

Wartime needs, demographic shifts and the elevation of women in society remade the identity of the profession.

Glaucoma Through Time

Through educational, legal and technological barriers, optometrists have been managing glaucoma for decades.

How Comanagement Reinvented Optometry

A pioneer looks back on the conflicts and conquests that unfolded as ODs and MDs established an uneasy new collaboration.

Legalizing Optometry

A behind-the-scenes look at the people, the moments and the legislation that made the profession what it is today.

Optometry’s Lifelong Friend

This magazine was created 125 years ago to be “a fountainhead of reliable information,” and has held itself to that standard ever since.

Patently Absurd

Early drug ads were rife with wild claims that promised too much. Modern ones, hemmed in by regulations, say too little.

Refractive Surgery in Retrospect

ODs once feared this threat to their livelihoods, but its boom and bust left optometry smarter and stronger. Here, we look at the sentiment then and the reality today.

Speaking Frankly

He fought for his country in World War II and for his profession back home. A conversation with Frank D. Fontana, OD.

The Retina: We Came, We Saw, We Treated

As our technological developments grew, so did our capabilities.

When the Retinoscope Ruled

The earliest optometrists didn’t need much more than this essential handheld instrument, an eye chart and an inquisitive mind.


An Origin Story

Optometry’s gains were hard won. An awareness of the past will help you create a vision of the future.

One Billion Chairsides Later...

This column has been marking its territory in these hallowed pages for a quarter of a century. So watch where you step.


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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