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Some of the more common things I hear when talking with colleagues about referrals to ophthalmology are these: I have a great relationship with Dr. OMD. They send me letters back and they send the patient back for post-op care. My OMD is...
As eye care providers, we seek to rule out ocular pathology, some of which can present in patients who completely lack any visual symptoms. These cases can be the most challenging from a clinical perspective because we are analyzing...
If I’m being honest, I almost always cringe when I see our pediatric surgeon calling my cell phone. He’s the nicest guy in the world. However, it typically means he’s sending someone my way. Odds are it’s almost always...
How do you build value in your practice? It’s an open topic. There are probably as many answers as there are practitioners. The goal is to make patients feel that their visits have been more than worthwhile, and perhaps even better...
I am a bit of an over-achiever. I want all my patients to have perfect outcomes, and I don’t like surprises. When I send a patient for surgery, I make a note in my referral letter as to what the...
Over the past few years, there seems to be an explosion of attention given to meibomian gland dysfunction/disease (MGD). First described by Dr. Donald Korb and associates (what’s new? He has brought us GPC, lid wiper epitheliopathy, and a...
Amniotic membranes have become a popular choice among practitioners for corneal related issues. These stem cell contact lenses can be used for dry eye, corneal abrasions, recurrent corneal erosions, corneal ulcers, filamentary keratitis, corneal ulcers, chemical burns, and more!...
It's as simple as a phone call... According to numerous studies, contact lens dropout hovers around 15%.1-6 Although patients may have trouble with their contact lenses, sometimes it is unknown if and when contact lens drop out occurs. Perhaps a...
Coordinating with other healthcare professionals in the care of diabetic patients allows optometrists to take proactive measures against severe vision loss. Recent research has shed more light on the intensity of the diabetes epidemic in the US—indicating a 45% increase...
Keratoconus prevalence: Much more common than previously thought Previously, the frequency of keratoconus was most commonly reported to be 1 in 2,000, a value based on a registration study in Olmsted County, Minnesota, conducted 1935-1982; the study reported a prevalence...

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