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I want to see us all succeed and elevate our profession in the process, avoiding pressures put on us by our “partners” who seek to control our income and our product choices. One way VSP tries to control us...

It’s always been important for me to use the voice I have through this community to share opinions, concerns and insights regarding changes announced by industry partners, especially when they will have an impact on our ability to provide...
Myopia control isn’t rocket science; every OD who reads this has the clinical skills and education to not only correct myopia but to apply the latest science to help patients manage progression of myopia. Care of myopic patients is...
Our lives are way too full of Zoom's. Everyone I talk to tells me they're sick of them. Many of the Zoom’s are full of excessive optimism and fluff. I have a suggestion - don't host a Zoom unless...
Pre-COVID Telemedicine was anathema for many ODs. The current situation seems to have increased its credibility for many. I’m even hearing from people who believe the crisis we are witnessing is the beginning of a new era where exam...
Just over 100 years ago we dealt with the first major pandemic of the post-industrialized world, the 1918 influenza pandemic. This pandemic claimed 50 million lives or 2.5% of the world's population at the time. The flu came in...
There have been numerous threads sharing information on financial aid available as a result of this crisis, and much great information in different threads – so much so that it takes a lot of research and reading to find...
We all have some extra time on our hands, but it doesn’t mean we can sit around and wait. On the contrary, for many of us we need to act now to ensure our businesses survive this short-term crisis....

For you Billy Joel fans, today’s department is “When will you write your masterpiece?” It’s a relatively obscure song, but it’s played in my mind for years as I anticipated this day. This will be my last Dugout Dirt...
Insight into the Career of Optometry For Students, Young ODs and ECP’s Considering Optometry as a Career… If you are questioning your decision to choose Optometry as your career, have had second thoughts or experienced anxiety because of comments you’ve...
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