Optometry is a legislated profession” is a refrain ODs hear over and over throughout their education and into their careers. The entire scope of practice is dependent on the passage of statewide bills. As a result, optometry has become 50 slightly different professions throughout the country, with 50 different menus of procedures and indications available. These variations are decided by lawmakers, but often reflect the whims of a powerful medical lobby that pushes skepticism about optometry.
Giant cell arteritis is a rare, but urgent and potentially life-threatening, presentation that can have ocular consequences. This course details how to tell which patients are likely to have it based on their history and symptoms as well as how to test for it using both imaging and lab work, and reviews the optometrist’s role in treating and comanaging these patients.
I (Dr. Kabat) must have burned my tongue on something. That was the only logical explanation. I was eating a delicious dinner on my 54th birthday, but it didn’t taste right. In fact, it barely tasted at all. Maybe some more salt? Nope…well, this is depressing. It’ll be better tomorrow, I thought.
Breakfast the next morning was equally bland. At work, I noticed that my right eye was tearing excessively, and that was unusual. Did I injure it somehow? Well, the eye felt a little bit scratchy. Some artificial tears should take care of it. Unfortunately, it kept on tearing throughout the day, and my eye felt… funny. Not painful, but almost like I had put a drop of tetracaine in my eye. Boy, this really isn’t my week.
It wasn’t until I started shaving on the third day that I realized what was going on. As I tried to puff out my cheeks, I found myself sputtering and spitting on the mirror. I looked closer at my face. I smiled a wide grin, and to my astonishment, only the left side of my face responded.
A 27-year-old female patient reported to the office with a chief complaint of red, itchy eyes for three months. She explained that she had been placed on Pataday (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution, Novartis) QD, PRN by her internal medicine doctor but did not get sustained relief. Her ocular history was non-contributory.
Here, we discuss the contact lens fitting considerations clinicians must keep in mind when fitting patients after incisional and laser refractive surgery, intrastromal corneal ring implantation and various keratoplasty techniques.
Contact lens dropout rates remain high due to factors such as discomfort and vision-related problems. This makes it more important than ever to prioritize patient comfort and quality of care by taking the time to exercise basic contact lens exam principles and gather appropriate patient information upfront, thereby reducing contact lens problems down the road and increasing overall patient success and satisfaction.
Irregular astigmatism, often seen in corneal ectasia, can cause significant visual distortion in patients. The most common primary ectasia—keratoconus—presents challenges for eye care providers and patients alike.
ODs also have a wide array of lens materials at their disposal in this modality, but many may not know how to select the best option for their scleral lens patients, especially with the significant increase in their use for both irregular and normal corneas. This article discusses how ODs can improve their scleral lens fittings with a better understanding of lens material choices.
These fitting guides often provide unique insights into the products that contact lens fitters uncover during beta testing, which can save significant chair time during the fitting process.
Allison Toler, OD, FAAO, of Clermont, Florida, took a lease in a Target Optical location in 2011, after a few years of filling in for other leaseholders. As her business grew, she started to see more and more children who were excellent candidates for vision therapy.
The annual Theia Awards of Excellence are a highlight of the year at Women In Optometry. Here are the 2018 winners.
Most optometrists end up borrowing some money for optometry school.