August 2008



Why Are Allergies on the Rise?

A century ago, allergies were rare. Today, more than half of all Americans test positive for an allergy. What’s causing the skyrocketing rise in allergic disease?

Annual Technology Report

Technology Survey: OCT Wins Popular Vote

Improved patient care still is the top priority when it comes to buying new technology.

Spectral Domain: The Land After Time

The latest OCT technology offers faster image capture and higher resolution than in the past.

Make Your Technology Wish List

If there were no limits, what diagnostic equipment would you want in your specialty practice?

Patient Care

Back to the Basics, Part 4: The Diagnosis Behind Diplopia

Double vision may be due to a simple refractive error or something more ominous, so any complaint is cause for concern and requires a careful work-up.



How to Talk Turkey, Not Politics

You can’t fix politics, but politics can fix you, and fix you good (as we say in the South). Here’s what to say when your patients start talking politics.

Coding Connection

The Birth of CPT Code

It’s a long process for a new instrument to obtain a Current Procedural Terminology code.

Cornea and Contact Lens Q & A

Manage Infiltrates Cautiously

How you treat a patient with a corneal infiltrate depends on the level of corneal involvement and the patient’s response to the drug.

Diagnostic Quiz

Letters to the Editor

Meetings and Conferences

News Review


Allergy Explosion is Nothing to Sneeze At

Not long ago, allergies were barely a blip on our radar screen. Today, they grip the nation and are only expected to get worse.

Product Review

Retina Quiz

Sudden Blur Prompts Exam

This patient experienced sudden blur in his left eye upon waking one morning. Can you identify the problem?

Therapeutic Review

The Dating Game

When patients question the expiration dates of their medications, what should you tell them?