Pupillary Pathways

Better Target Dry Eye with Three Easy Tests

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 27, 2016 12:09:00 PM


We all know that there are many different signs, symptoms, causes, and treatments for dry eye syndrome. What tests do you feel are the most important when evaluating a patient that present with complaints that are likely caused by ocular surface disease?

Most clinicians will stain with sodium fluorescein, looking for SPK and measuring TBUT. It is also common for ODs to apply pressure to the lids to check for meibomian gland disease, when evaluating their dry eye patients. Do you check for such things as lid wiper epitheliopathy, or measure tear osmolarity, or determine the presence or absence of ocular surface inflammation?

This article provides an in-depth look at how to add these three steps to your examination of dry eye patients to better help determine the cause and appropriate treatment for each individual.   Go read the full article from reviewofoptometry.com.

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Optometry Student: The 3 Main Signs of Diabetes

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 26, 2016 8:07:05 AM
Optometry Student, do you know the three signs of Diabetes?
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Topics: Diabetes, Facts

How Much Do You Make as an Optometrist?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 22, 2016 11:15:02 AM

When asked why they chose this profession, many optometrists will tell you that many factors contributed to their decision; they wanted to be able to help people and give back to the community, they were fascinated by the eyes and the visual system, they liked the idea of the flexible work environment and schedule, and of course, the potential to earn a good living and provide for a family.

Many of you students are probably looking forward to the days where you’ll actually start making a doctor’s wage, but do you really have an idea of what an optometrist makes? And what factors can influence your income level?

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Topics: Salary

Optometry Student: How much time do you get off for winter break?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 21, 2016 8:42:41 AM

Winter break is upon us optmetry students, and we were wondering:  How long do you get for winter break?  Take this quick poll and see what your fellow students get.

Be sure to also take out past polls!

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Download the Handbook of Ocular Disease Management

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 20, 2016 8:45:16 PM


My favorite optometric publication; The Handbook of Ocular Disease Management, published annually in Review of Optometry is now digitally available!

This handbook reviews some of the most important and most common clinical conditions that you will see in practice, along with an overview, the pathophysiology, how to manage the condition, and appropriate clinical pearls. Every optometry student and optometrist should keep this publication handy to refer to as needed!  Go get it here.

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Optometry Fact: "Christmas Tree Cataracts"

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Optometry fact student, did you know that "Christmas Tree Cataracts" are typically idiopathic or associated with myotonic dystrophy?
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Optometry Infographic: Papillae vs. Follicles

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 17, 2016 11:49:21 AM
Most cases of conjunctivitis may be categorized as either papillary or follicular, according to the macroscopic and microscopic appearance of the conjunctiva.
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Working with the Kids is Alright: A Day in the Life of a Pediatric Optometrist

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 15, 2016 2:16:52 PM


Are you thinking about a potential residency in pediatrics, or considering a position in an office that sees a lot of children? Ever wonder what a day as a pediatric optometrist would look like? T his article by Dr. Kathleen Foster Elliot, O.D., breaks down the reasons why working with children can be "the best of times and the worst of times!" 
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OD Spotlight: Dr. Viola Kanevsky, O.D.

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 14, 2016 9:00:00 AM

What is your current mode of optometry practice?

I am a solo practitioner in a private practice specializing in pediatrics and custom contact lenses on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
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Topics: Optometrist Spotlight

Become a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 13, 2016 10:55:23 AM


Last month I became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. I'm not going to lie, the process was tough!

I had to write three case reports and a review of my residency, have them reviewed by a panel, and then re-submitted with appropriate edits. After all this was complete, I studied arduously to prepare for the oral portion. The final piece was the oral exam at the Academy meeting in Anaheim.

Although it was a lot of work, it was so worth it! I am so proud to now have those extra 4 letters after my name, F.A.A.O.! 

Are you thinking about potentially becoming a Fellow? Watch this video to see why your colleagues decided to make the same decision that I did, and what F.A.A.O. means to them. 

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