Today's Spotlight

Dry Eye: The Nose Knows

Neurostimulation has become the new frontier in dry eye therapy, now that scientists know the trigeminal nerve is a critical factor in ocular surface health and symptomatology. In fact, the nerve plays a multifactorial role: it can become fatigued (often due to misalignment), causing dry eye symptoms, headaches and neck pain; it maintains the trophic supply to the cornea, preventing epithelial breakdown; and, when stimulated, it can also promote tear production. New products are taking advantage of the latter function to help dry eye patients produce natural, lubricating tears instantly. 

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More Than Meets The Eye

Can a donor cornea from a patient with pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEX) be used for grafting?

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Corneal Dystrophies Front to Back

Corneal dystrophies are some of the most fascinating—and frustrating—corneal findings eye care providers encounter. Along with anomalies, degenerations, inflammations and infections, it can be challenging to navigate appropriate history and clinical findings to narrow down an accurate diagnosis. 
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Can We Pre-empt Damage from Retinal Detachment?

Optometrists must manage and educate their patients who have asymptomatic retinal breaks or peripheral retinal lesions that are known to be associated with a higher risk of developing RD. They must also take care of referral recommendations for patients with symptomatic or otherwise high-risk horseshoe retinal tears.
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Tighten Your Testing Protocols to Pass an Audit

You can lower your chances of failing an audit by tightening up your diagnostic testing protocols, which includes knowing what tests are warranted, when they aren’t necessary and how to document for them properly. 

 
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September 15, 2020

Features

Can We Pre-empt Damage from Retinal Detachment?

Learn to spot the warning signs and how to counsel at-risk patients to act quickly before their condition worsens.

Corneal Dystrophies Front to Back

This stepwise approach can help you diagnose and manage these conditions.

Glaucoma: How to Build a Better Baseline

With these tips, tricks and tests in mind, you’ll be providing more comprehensive patient care in no time

Is OCT-A Right For My Practice?

This new imaging device may be a part of your diagnostic toolkit in the near future. Here’s why.

The Many Uses of Orbital Ultrasonography

This tried-and-true tool can help you evaluate far more than axial length. Here’s what else it can do.

Tighten Your Testing Protocols to Pass an Audit

Be scrupulous in your choices and make sure you document what’s medically necessary.

The Larry Alexander Resident Case Report Contest: A Rare Case of Nevus of Ota

This Caucasian patient with primary choroidal melanoma presented with a surprising underlying diagnosis.

Departments

Abort, Retry, Fail?

Telehealth isn’t exactly a rousing success yet in optometry. Will it ever be?

Check for Elevation

Imaging technology can help determine whether a lesion is benign or malignant.

Dry Eye: The Nose Knows

Neurostimulation is becoming a viable treatment option for patients who have exhausted their options.

Finding the Balance

When it comes to contact lenses, prizing convenience over health is a recipe for disaster.

It Might Be a Giant

Recognizing these signs and symptoms immediately is critical to getting your patients the help they need.

More Than Meets The Eye

Even though there are no upfront contraindications, proceed with caution when transplanting from tissues with pseudoexfoliation syndrome.

Put It On Ice

Single out a myasthenia gravis diagnosis with this quick and easy test.

The Gang’s (Not) All Here

RGC death is the hallmark of glaucomatous damage—and it can now be captured with OCT.

Whatever Floats Your Goat

I’ve seen a lot in 41 years of practice. This week, I added one more to my misadventures in optometry.

A Tough Break

A physical altercation left this patient with internal injuries requiring urgent attention.

E-Newsletters

Practice Pearls

Expert clinician Paul Karpecki, OD, provides practical insights and management strategies for a wide array of ocular conditions.

OCCRS E-Newsletter

A quarterly e-newsletter by Optometric Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Society (OCCRS) covering the latest information on cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, comanagement and leading technologies.

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.

Continuing Education

September 2020 • 2.00 Credits

Corneal Dystrophies Front to Back

July 2020 • 2.00 Credits

A Practical Approach to Angle-closure

Additional Publications

Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses

September/October 2020

Women in Optometry

Women in Optometry - June 2020