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Glaucoma Therapy: Finding the Right Combination

As a progressive eye disease, glaucoma is on every optometrist’s radar, especially primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG), the most common form. The main therapeutic goal for patients diagnosed with POAG is slowing disease progression and the rate of visual field loss. These days, however, medical therapy isn’t as simple as prescribing eye drops and sending patients on their way. Clinicians mainly prescribe from one of four classes of IOP-lowering medications: beta blockers, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, prostaglandin analogs and alpha 2-adrenergic agonists. Each class can cause local and systemic adverse reactions, and clinicians must take all of them into consideration when choosing the right therapy for each patient. And when patients don’t see the IOP lowering effects they need with one class of drug, clinicians can add a second or even a third drug, which further complicates the treatment plan.
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News Review

All clinicians know the importance of monitoring patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) for disease progress. What fewer think about is keeping an eye on patients’ psychological status. One research team at the Ohio State University College of Optometry sought to better understand how stress levels for patients with AMD could affect their health status. But first, they had to prove the best method for monitoring patient stress in this population.
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Caring for the Chronic Patient

Outcome-based care—for which you need to see the patient less, do less testing and still get measurable results—is the reality of our health care system today. To many, this mandate creates the paradox of the ages for patients who need more specialized care. So, how does this impact your practice as you learn to “re-manage” these disease states?
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Anti-inflammatories: Sort Out Your Many Steroids and NSAIDs

Ongoing advances in topical ocular therapeutics have given the eye care provider more options in the treatment of ocular inflammation than ever. In this article, we review the various topical corticosteroid and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug options available. A closer look at when and how to implement these medications into your treatment regimen will help you care for all of your patients who present with ocular inflammation. Additionally, a succinct review of immunomodulators for the dry eye patient will hone in on this common cause of inflammation.
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Seeing the Cornea with OCT Eyes

The cornea—a structure that is both incredibly simple and fascinatingly complex—is the centerpiece of our slit lamp examinations. One of our newer technologies, optical coherence tomography (OCT), is the perfect tool to take a closer, and more careful, look at the cornea. In this column, we review some technological advancements that are currently available or are in development, as well as postulate where the technology may go in the future.
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April 15, 2017

Features

Anti-inflammatories: Sort Out Your Many Steroids and NSAIDs

With so many medications out there, treatment can get complicated. Here is a rundown of your options and when to use them.

Don't Be STUMPED by These Lumps and Bumps

Most eyelid lesions are benign, but some can lead to severe clinical outcomes if not caught early.

DRY EYE: Master the Science Beneath the Surface

Learn how inflammatory mediators govern the disease course—and provide an avenue to treatment.

Glaucoma Therapy: Finding the Right Combination

Understanding the basic pharmacology for each glaucoma medication can help you sort out which ones work well together for combination treatment.

How Antibiotics Work—and Why They Sometimes Don’t

Before reaching for the Rx pad, know the drug, the patient and the disease.

Resist the Itch: Managing Allergic Conjunctivitis

Flowers may be blooming, but this season leaves many ODs seeing red.

Departments

Bullseye

A 57-year-old reports following blunt trauma to his left eye caused by a falling 2x4. How would you approach diagnosis?

Caring for the Chronic Patient

The changing care model is making these patients more challenging than ever.

Dollars and Sense

We need to recognize that our responsibility to patients doesn’t end at the Rx pad.

Extend Your Patient’s Vision

The Symfony intraocular lens could provide significant benefits for presbyopic patients in need of cataract surgery.

Find the Nerve to Fight Diplopia

When a patient’s double vision is caused by a cranial nerve palsy, ODs must act quickly.

Haters Gonna Hate

It’s a complex emotion reserved for rare occasions—you know, no shows, online glasses sales and patients presenting with a complaint.

Imaging for Unilateral Proptosis

Clinical findings alone won’t always be enough to make the diagnosis. Here’s advice on radiologic testing and what it may reveal.

It’s Like Pulling Teeth

The dental model of practice has long been touted as an inspiration for optometry. Is it finally starting to work?

Low-Tech TBI Rehabilitation

Often, binasal occlusion with a small piece of tape can be a huge help for stroke and brain injury patients.

News Review

AMD | Retinal Disease | Laser Procedures | Stem Cells

Product Review

Lens Technology | Diagnostic Technology

Scrambling For a Diagnosis

Combining old and new images may explain this patient’s vision loss.

The Compliance Conundrum

Sustained-release delivery aims to keep patients adherent.

Tonometry: To Dye For?

Even fundamental techniques deserve skepticism and reinvention.

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.

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