February 15, 2013



Anti-inflammatories in Ocular Allergy Treatment

Steroids used to be reserved for non-responsive cases. But now many optometrists are using them as a first-line therapy for allergic conjunctivitis.

Clinical Care

Sharpen Your Visual Field Interpretation Skills

Understanding visual fields is not black and white—not even shades of gray. But new analyses can provide powerful information, if you can interpret them.

News Analysis

How and Why to Get Behind Health Exchanges

It took more than two decades for optometrists to achieve drug prescribing rights. Now, ODs face another challenge: not getting shut out of Obamacare.


Which Side Effects are Lurking in the Shadows?

You can’t afford to stay in the dark regarding the ocular and systemic side effects of the most commonly used drugs in America.

Systemic Health

Keep An Eye Out for OSA

What does obstructive sleep apnea have to do with eye care? A lot, actually. Make sure you’re staying on top of the associated ophthalmic complications.

Vision Expo

Vision Expo East 2013

New York City is the place where you can find the trendiest eyewear fashions, cutting-edge equipment, and hundreds of hours of top-notch continuing education.



A Sore Site for Eyes

Building a website is exciting—like training to be a NAVY Seal. Of course, I’m not a NAVY Seal, but I bet it’s exciting—like building a website!

Clinical Quandaries

When to Send Out Sjögren’s

The OD is crucial to identify a patient with Sjögren’s syndrome—and putting that patient on the right track to diagnosis and treatment.

Coding Connection

T Minus 11 and Counting...

So, you say you met the standards for meaningful use? Well, here comes the audit.

Cornea and Contact Lens Q & A

Rigid Lens Makes Eye Go Slack

While not all rigid lens wearers experience aponeurotic ptosis, it’s not an uncommon condition in this patient population.

Diagnostic Quiz

A Painfully Large Cataract

This 68-year-old patient complained of severe pain and reduced visual acuity.

Glaucoma Grand Rounds

A New Hint for Glaucoma Risk?

A middle-aged man presents with moderate glaucoma in his right eye only. Were there telltale risk factors that may have resulted in earlier treatment?

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Here's what our readers have to say.

News Review

Is It All in the Genes?

Genes for central corneal thickness may predict glaucoma and keratoconus.

Anti-VEGF Tx Harms Ciliary Body?

Aggressive anti-VEGF therapy could impair proper ciliary body function.

FDA Panel Advises Restricting Pain Meds

If approved, hydrocodone-based drugs would become Schedule II medications.

Florida ODs Push for Oral Meds

ODs in the Sunshine State are pushing for an expanded scope of practice bill.

In the News

A look at a few of the latest headlines.

Light Needed for Healthy Babies’ Eyes

Mothers need light exposure during pregnancy for healthy eye development in babies


Pride and Prejudice

Optometrists can, and should, play a key role in the new health exchanges. It will be an uphill battle, but one worth waging.

Product Review

Product Review

Here's a look at a few of the latest products.

Retina Quiz

Half Way There

This patient presented with evidence of two conditions. One largely resolved on its own. The other still requires treatment—but which treatment?

Surgical Minute

Temporal Artery Biopsy

This delicate procedure is pivotal in the diagnosis of temporal arteritis.

Therapeutic Review

A Big Bag of Hot Air

Vehicle airbag systems save lives. However, severe ocular insult is one potential casualty of their deployment.