Not many 124-year-olds are nimble enough to adapt and improve. As of this issue, Review of Optometry is just one year shy of its 125th birthday. And it’s still going strong and getting better every month.
To that end, we’re adding a few new things and updating some old standbys, to educate you and connect with you even better in 2015. As your trusted advisor and practice companion, Review aims to provide answers and guidance for all the clinical challenges you face—from puzzling refraction problems to daunting neuro-ophthalmic cases to surgical comanagement, and everything in between.
Here’s a quick rundown of our improvements for 2015:
• Comanagement Q+A by Dr. Paul Ajamian is now Clinical Quandaries, with an emphasis that better reflects the primary care role that optometrists now embrace.
• Coding Abstract by Dr. John Rumpakis has been retooled as Coding Connection. Dr. Rumpakis will still bring you all the latest coding and billing updates, but with an even greater connection to the clinical presentations you see every day. He’ll also present coding sidebars in several key feature articles throughout the year.
• Ocular Surface Review is a brand new column by Paul Karpecki, OD, that addresses perhaps the #1 cause of clinical office visits in optometry—and one of the toughest to get under control.
• Neuro Clinic, another all-new column, will help you take care of those tricky, intimidating neuro cases yourself instead of referring them out. Drs. Michael Trottini and Michael DelGiodice kick it off this month with a terrific feature, “I ntro to Neuro.” Their bimonthly column starts in March.
• Focus on Refraction is another new column that will appear every other month, beginning in February. Penned by Drs. Marc Taub and Paul Harris, this column brings you back to optometry’s roots—refraction and optics—by challenging you with engaging, real-life cases of patients who just won’t refract by the book.
• Urgent Care, by Richard Mangan, OD, will give detailed advice on ocular emergencies from chemical burns to penetrating wounds to retinal detachments. It too debuts in February and runs bimonthly.
• Research Review—online! This has always delivered the most up-to-date analysis of ocular research and how it affects patient care. Now it will be exclusively online, so you won’t have to wait for your monthly issue to keep current on timely news.
• This issue also kicks off a new six-part series, Essential Procedures at the Slit Lamp that presents step-by-step instructions, photos and video to guide you through the most asked-about new optometric procedures like amniotic membranes and even YAG capsulotomy.
It’s all a bit ambitious, sure, but whenever you’re asked to do more, Review will be there to help.