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Presbyopia is a highly prevalent condition, affecting 2.1 billion people worldwide by 2020.(1) In the US alone, presbyopia affects approximately 90 million adults, and approximately one in four patients are seen by optometrists.(2) Presbyopes compose the largest patient population,...
Optometric disease management is so mainstream that there are limited encounters which seem that intimidating until a child with a challenge is in our chair, then all bets are off. A pediatric eye exam is a work of art...
Have you ever worked with a really tough contact lens patient, refined and dispensed the “perfect” fitting contact lens only to find out at follow-up that after very minimal wear time the lens becomes uncomfortable, vision blurs or fluctuates,...
Artificial intelligence (AI) is the newest and perhaps the most dynamic segment in eye care at the moment. AI leverages a computer science approach known as machine learning to allow computers to self-learn how to best perform a specific...
As imaging technologies continue to develop, OCT brings us anterior segment applications. On the forefront is anterior segment OCT of the epithelial layer of the cornea. Optovue (FREMONT, CA) obtained U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for its epithelial...
Contact lens discomfort, along with contact lens dropout, are highly prevalent conditions. (1-7) The complete discontinuation of contact lenses is referred to as contact lens dropout. Contact lens dropout remains around 15-20%, even with advanced contact lens materials. A recent...
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...

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