A 62-year-old Caucasian male presented to our office with concerns about his changing vision. Years before, he had a melanoma in his right eye, which was irradiated and treated with plaque therapy. He noted gradually changing vision in both eyes, and that prompted him to see another optometrist in the area earlier, but that doctor said that he “had too many things going on” and referred the case to a glaucoma surgeon. The patient found his way to me first, and it’s a good thing he did because, despite the many factors complicating his glaucoma, he wasn’t yet a surgical patient—so why send him to a surgeon?
In our last installment of this column, we presented the evidence base and theoretical foundation for our approach to prescribing for young children. Now, we give an example to illustrate the points we have covered thus far to help you put them into practice.
As technology for retinal imaging improves, the very nature of the retinal exam continues to change. While the standard of care remains the dilated eye examination to assess retinal health, better image capture technology and even the advent of artificial and augmented intelligence are changing the way optometrists approach diagnostic testing for retinal conditions.
You’ve taken the kids for their checkups and scheduled your parents’ doctor visits. You even went along to make sure they understand what was happening.
Nikki Iravani, OD, is always on the lookout for a great marketing tip.
Nine women ODs were honored during the fourth annual Theia Awards of Excellence from Women In Optometry magazine.