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The Conjunctivitis Conundrum

Conjunctivitis is a general term that can refer to any in a spectrum of diseases and disorders that primarily affect the conjunctiva. Patients impacted will present complaining of redness or “pink eye” which is due to dilated conjunctival blood vessels. They may also complain of pain, itching or discharge. While most cases are self-limiting and rarely result in vision loss, some may progress and can result in serious ocular complications, and vision loss is not out of the question. For this reason, it’s essential to rule out the sight-threatening causes of red eye.

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A Critical Update For Telehealth In Response To COVID-19

Effective immediately and for the duration of the Public Health Emergency, CMS has enacted some important changes that everyone needs to know.
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How Do OCT Devices for Glaucoma Compare?

Last fall, Review of Optometry invited a patient from our practice and me to the 2019 American Academy of Optometry meeting to survey four spectral-domain OCT (SD-OCT) manufacturers—Heidelberg, Optovue, Topcon and Zeiss—together in one location. Here’s what we found.


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Hints from the History

During every comprehensive eye examination, perusing the patient’s medical history is a crucial first step, even when they present without any visual complaints. Many of our patients are being treated for a systemic condition, and either the disease itself or its treatment regimen—or both—could come with ocular manifestations the patient may not be aware of. 

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The Do's & Don'ts of Oral Medication

The use of oral medications in optometry broadens our scope of practice and provides care that is more comprehensive for our patients. While topical medications treat a wide variety of ophthalmic disorders, we need to recognize when oral medications are a better option. Familiarize yourself with when oral medications are indicated and the proper dosing schedule.
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March 15, 2020

Features

Four Steps to Make Premium IOLs Worth the Cost

Cataract patients have high demands. Here’s how clinicians can use today’s technologies and techniques to meet them.

How—and Why—to Choose Dry Eye Drugs

Properly pairing a patient with a pharmaceutical requires an understanding of the individual’s underlying condition and overall health.

Modifying Your Glaucoma Regimen: When, Why and How

Managing this disease requires careful consideration of myriad factors. Here’s how you can structure your approach.

Steroid Wars: New Drugs Challenge Old Habits

Here’s how novel delivery systems and updated formulations may one day overcome the current challenges inherent in topical steroid prescribing.

The Do's & Don'ts of Oral Medication

Understanding when and how to prescribe oral medications will help optometrists provide optimal patient care.

What OCT Can Offer Your Specialty Lens Fits

This technology is especially useful for customizing the design and troubleshooting any associated conditions.

Departments

Chew on This

A dental abscess may be the cause of a patient’s preseptal or orbital cellulitis.

A Peek at the Pinhole

This simple test can quickly categorize a patient’s reduced vision as either refractive or pathological. Here’s what else it can do.

Don’t Blame Pharma

Industry bears the brunt of the public’s anger for healthcare costs, but the true culprits are more elusive.

Finding the Nerve

A patient with CN VII damage can’t get her lid to cover her cornea in one eye.

Living in a Purple State

A patient with a compromised immune system has a strange visual presentation. Can her peripheral retina explain why?

Out of Rhythm

While amiodarone is highly effective, long-term use is associated with concerning ocular side effects.

Pigmentary Glaucoma, Revisited

New pharmaceutical options may help manage secondary disease.

Protect Your PK Patients

Scleral lenses can improve vision for these eyes if the right precautions are taken.

Screening Measures

A meta-analysis challenges the belief that digital devices turbocharge myopia. But that doesn’t let kids off the hook.

Spring—and Pollen—is in the Air

Are you ready for ocular allergy season? New testing could make it a breeze.

The Rebate Racket

Whoever thought asking patients to mail in proof-of-purchase to get money back on their contact lenses was a good idea?

With Disc Edemas, Act Fast

Treatment is dependent upon the cause of the issue. It’s on you to identify it.

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Practice Pearls

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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

March 2020 • 2.00 Credits

The Do's & Dont's of Oral Medication

January 2020 • 2.00 Credits

Dry Eye Epidemiology in Practice

November 2019 • 2.00 Credits

Overcoming Secondary Glaucomas

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