Pupillary Pathways

Did You Know Optometry Student: The Most Common Cause of Eye Injuries

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 8, 2016 11:39:55 AM

Optometry Student, Did You Know that he most common cause of eye injuries in the U.S. is related to falling? And... the second most common cause of an ocular injury is fighting!  Be sure to check out our other fact posts!

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Topics: Facts, Eye Injuries

Are you taking NBEO Part 2 this Week?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 7, 2016 1:06:09 PM

Are you taking NBEO Part 2 this week?  Take this quick poll, and if you are curiuos about the test day, be sure to check out this article.

Be sure to also take out past polls!

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Topics: Polls

Chris Paul Seeing Benefits After Offseason LASIK Procedure

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 6, 2016 8:43:37 AM


Clipper's point guard, Chris Paul has been arguably the league's best player, and his 2016-2017 season is off to a fantastic start. Why does he believe he's been so hot in the first games of the season?! An offseason LASIK procedure! Paul shared with reporters that for several years he's been cheating his way through eye tests and squinting to see play calls from the sidelines.

He was always too afraid to have corrective eye surgery and was not a fan of contact lenses. He believed that as long as he could see the basketball hoop, he'd be fine! 
Although this is an unlikely explanation of course, other NBA stars such as Amar'e Stoudemire, Richard Hamilton and even Dwayne Wade have credited LASIK with helping them on the court. I wonder what CP3's refractive error was before surgery! 

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Topics: Links

NBEO Part II- What to Expect on Test Day

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 5, 2016 11:35:49 AM

With NBEO Part II coming up this week, we want to ensure that you are completely prepared for what to expect during the PAM (Patient Assessment and Management) examination so that you show up with everything you need, understand the process, and feel comfortable with how the day will proceed. We don't want any surprises come NBEO test day that can throw you off your game! 

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Topics: NBEO, NBEO Part II

29% of Young Doctors Are Depressed: Study

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 1, 2016 2:56:38 PM


A recent review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that approximately 30% of young doctors have depression or symptoms of it. Does this statistic surprise you at all? With all the stresses of classes, exams, proficiencies, clinic, labs, studying, sleepless nights, poor eating habits, missing out on family and friend's events, would you expect this number to be higher or lower?
Although this study was done on medical school students, do you feel that the same applies for optometry school, or even dental school? 
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Topics: Links

Important Optometry Residency Dates to Know

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 30, 2016 1:08:42 PM

Here are some Important Optometry Residency Dates to Know up until April of 2017.

October 5, 2016

A complete list of all of the optometry residency programs participating in ORMatch was made available by this date. Additionally, the ORMatch registration also became open for applicants. 

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Topics: Residency

Is a Sustained Medication Delivery System on the Horizon?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 29, 2016 8:26:31 AM


One of the biggest downfalls when it comes to topical ocular medications for the treatment of eye diseases is patient compliance. Patients often forget to put their drops in as directed, think they are getting the drops instilled into the eyes (but actually do not), and some patients just have physical difficulty with bottles. Much research is going into other methods of medication instillation and sustained release of meds, such as contact lenses, implants, injections, etc.

Is a Sustained Medication Delivery System on the Horizon?

This article describes a study in which a latanoprost-polymer film was incorporated into a hydrogel lens to create latanoprost-eluting contact lenses. The effects of these lenses were then studied and compared to standard treatment using traditional drops. 

Results showed that the contact lenses were at least as effective as the use of daily latanoprost ophthalmic solution, and at some time points showed a statistically significant improvement in reduction. Additionally, the latanoprost-eluting contact lenses provided relatively steady IOP reduction with less variation in IOP during diurnal measurements. These results appear very promising for the future of medication delivery in the eye care industry! 

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Topics: Links

Optometry Infographic: Stages of Macular Hole Development

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

We continue with our Optometry Infographics series with our latest on the stages of macular hole development.

Stage 1 Macular Hole (or impending MH): Localized contraction of the perifoveal vitreous causes a tractional detachment of the fovea resulting in a loss of the foveal contour. Stage 1 holes are characterized clinically as a small round yellow spot or ring in the fovea.  Visual acuity is usually better than 20/50. 

Stage 2 Macular Hole: This stage is marked by a small full-thickness retinal break (<400 µm in diameter). This can occur weeks to months following Stage 1 MHs (approximately 50% progress to Stage 2). A further decline in visual acuity is also noted (20/50 to 20/80 range). In most cases, the posterior hyaloid has been confirmed to be still attached to the fovea on OCT analysis. 
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Topics: Facts, Infographics

Quiz: Black Friday Spending

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 25, 2016 12:59:57 PM

Quick question on Black Friday Spending:

How much money does that average consumer spend on Black Friday (approximately)?

Be sure to check out our other quizzes!

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Topics: Quiz

AOA 2016 General Election Report

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 21, 2016 2:32:43 PM


Many people are wondering how the results of the general election will affect themselves and their family/friends with regards to many different topics. Have you wondered how optometry will be affected? AOA President, Dr. Andrea Thau, highlights some of the major optometry-related topics in the AOA 2016 General Election Report, what has been done so far, what the plan is for the future, and how you can help! 

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Topics: Links, AOA