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Low Vision: Concepts and Clinical Skills for Generalists

Given the vital role vision plays in every aspect of life, all optometrists—regardless of specialty—must be able to distinguish between visual problems that can be corrected with conventional interventions and those that cannot. Low vision, which interferes with everyday activities, cannot be fixed with glasses, contact lenses, or other standard treatment approaches. Therefore, it is critical that primary care optometrists understand how to support these patients in their practice, even if their role is limited to assessment and comanagement. 

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Dry Eye in Optometry: Trends, Habits and Hang-ups

After refractive error, dry eye is almost certainly the most common ocular issue you encounter at your practice. Just consider: 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with dry eye disease (DED) and as many as six million symptomatic individuals may go undiagnosed.1 With an ever-expanding roster of exam techniques and treatment options to consider, formulating a plan to manage such a heavy caseload can be a challenge. How is this pervasive problem addressed in optometric offices across the country? We surveyed our readers to get a glimpse. 

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The Dos and Don’ts of Binocular Vision Testing

Binocular vision disorders are prevalent in patients at all stages of life—from pediatric to geriatric—and especially in patients with developmental disabilities and a history of traumatic brain injury. They can significantly affect a patient’s quality of life and their ability to perform daily tasks. Given the prevalence and symptomatology, all practitioners, regardless of their clinical settings, should be well adept at binocular vision testing and understand what is considered normal—and what suggests a binocular vision dysfunction.

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Unsafe at Any Speed

A 58-year-old Black female presented for a comprehensive ocular examination with a chief complaint of poor vision OD after being a passenger in an auto accident, during which she was struck in the face with an airbag. The patient denied any additional ocular history and reported a medical history of hypothyroidism, currently well-controlled with medication. The patient denied having any allergies to medications or environment. She is currently taking levothyroxine, lisinopril/hydrochlorothiazide, allopurinol, sertraline and ranitidine.

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A New Wave

One of the most exciting aspects of cataract surgery is the continuous innovation in intraocular lens (IOL) technology. There are numerous companies working on the next generation of IOL platforms to improve both quality of vision and quality of life.

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February 15, 2021

Features

An Action Plan For Assessing Double Vision

Ask these 20 questions to work through a puzzling case of diplopia and figure out the best course of action.

Breaking Down Visual Fields in Glaucoma

The OD must possess a solid understanding of the technology at their disposal in order to make the best decisions for patients.

Navigating the Retinal Periphery

Here’s a step-by-step look at many common conditions and features of this region, as described by an expert in the field.

Take Macular OCT to a Whole New Layer

Combine your clinical observations and knowledge with detailed imaging to put together the full picture of the diagnosis.

The Role of Eyelids in Health and Disease

Understanding how the eyelids can fail is critical to ensuring optimal patient care.

Departments

A New Wave

Vivity, a non-diffractive lens, seeks to up the ante in premium IOL visual quality for presbyopia correction.

A Twofold Effect

A small amount of prism was enough to give this patient visual relief—and even reduce his Parkinson’s medication burden.

Blowing in the Wind

The case of a mysterious irritated eye can be solved with some targeted questions.

Can’t Get There From Here

New grads who want to practice full-scope care may find no easy path available, with patients suffering collateral damage.

It Takes Two to Manage Glaucoma

New patients who present without a complete medical history must be willing to work even more closely with their OD.

Light Therapy: Which is Better, One or Two?

A look at dry eye treatments that focus on the healing powers of energy rather than pharmacology.

Shout-out to the Staffers

Don’t forget these key things in the struggle to help us doctors appear more competent than we are.

Specificity is the Spice of Life

Not only does each CPT code have a distinct definition—it also reflects the characteristics for a specific procedure.

The Essential Eyelid Examination

In a busy practice, you can’t do it all. But added emphasis on this aspect can help many patients with relative ease.

The Unexpected Visitor

An extremely late surgical complication led to this patient’s symptoms.

Unsafe at Any Speed

A patient experiences vision trouble after a car accident. What might have happened?

Weigh Your Options

There are many different treatments available for corneal endothelial disease, but efficient patient selection leads to the most successful outcomes.

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

Review of Cornea & Contact Lenses

January/February 2021

Women in Optometry

Women in Optometry - June 2020