Pupillary Pathways

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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Topics: Facts

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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Topics: Links

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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Optometry Quiz: Cranial Nerve Testing

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 9, 2016 5:43:17 PM

Here is our latest optometry quick question:

Which of the following tests would you perform to assess the function of cranial nerve V?

Be sure to check out our other quizzes!

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Topics: Quiz

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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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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