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I’m feeling a little testy on ophthalmic testing this month. It’s the application of science and statistical validity in our field, an area that seems to get very little attention. The key word is “outcomes,” and is the common thread that we may be missing. Does your test or procedure truly have a benefit in terms of aiding quality of life, or preventing vision loss? Is it repeatable, and does the result truly distinguish abnormal patients from normal ones? Now, I know you’ll argue that “we” don’t contribute to this issue as much as do other specialties, but that holds no water. We are as responsible as any other profession to provide benefit and value in quality of care and cost.

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Bill Potter
Associate Editor, Dugout Dirt Editorial for Dr. Bill Potter is the senior optometrist at Millennium Eye Care in Freehold, New Jersey. Millennium is a multi-subspecialty optometry/ophthalmology practice, where Bill has practiced for 31 years. Prior to this, he served for 3 years as a Captain and optometrist in the U.S. Air Force. Bill is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. He serves as a member of the Review of Optometry’s Editorial Board. The Primary Care Optometry News honored Dr. Potter in 2016 by listing him as one of the “PCON 250” top leaders and innovators in his field. Dr. Potter has a special interest in uveitis and other ocular inflammatory diseases and has lectured and published many articles in this area. Most recently, Bill’s CE article on “Red Disease in Glaucoma” appeared in the March 2017 Review of Optometry.

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