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The First FDA Approved Soft Contact Lens for Myopia Control

Posted by Talin Amadian on October 23, 2021 at 10:45 AM

If there’s anything that's buzzworthy in optometry and eye care right now, it’s myopia management! There is no doubt that the prevalence of myopia is increasing worldwide.

Over 40% of Americans are myopic right now, and this number is dramatically increasing globally. Given what we know about increased screen time, near work, and axial elongation, the global pandemic, and school closures did not help this already growing problem.

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Topics: Contact Lens, Myopia, Myopia Management

Pediatric Exam Tips and Tricks for Myopia Management Options

Posted by Talin Amadian on September 13, 2021 at 7:53 AM

New graduates are usually thrown off guard with pediatric exams unless they’ve completed rotations or residencies in pediatrics. This is just the fear of the unknown.

The reality is that pediatric eye exams can be a lot easier than adult comprehensive eye exams. However, I have found there are ways I alter pediatric exams so they flow smoothly.

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Topics: Pediatrics, Myopia, Myopia Management

Top 5 Things I Did Right During My First Year In Optometry School

Posted by Talin Amadian on August 23, 2021 at 3:30 PM

In the last blog post, Advice To My First-Year Self In Optometry School,  I outlined the things I would do differently in optometry school knowing what I know now. Though it’s easy to look back at things I would do differently, I would also like to share the things that I think I did that may help you with your journey as well!

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Topics: 1st Year Student

Advice To My First-Year Self In Optometry School

Posted by Talin Amadian on August 16, 2021 at 3:25 PM

Hindsight is always 20/20 (pun intended). Looking back at my Optometry school experience, there are so many things I would tell my first-year self. 

Whether academically or socially, here are things I would have done differently If I had to go back in time. 

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Topics: 1st Year Student

Preventing Optometry Burnout: Time Blocking to the Rescue

Posted by Talin Amadian on August 9, 2021 at 3:13 PM

If you don't control your time, your time will control you. This is relevant now more than ever before. Managing your schedule in optometry school can be very challenging. In previous blog posts, I’ve mentioned the importance of time management and keeping a detailed calendar of school, personal, and work activities, but here’s how to take your detailed calendar to the next level!

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Topics: Stress, Reducing Stress

[Optometry] A Day in the Life of an OD Private Practice Owner

Posted by Talin Amadian on August 2, 2021 at 10:43 AM

As a practice owner, the number one question I get asked all the time is, “Do you have any book recommendations that would put me on the path to becoming a practice owner?” 

Though I love to read, there isn’t a book that outlines it all. In fact, I never felt absolutely ready to have my own practice, as I felt like there were a lot of things I had absolutely no idea how to do.

Though there's a lot that I'm learning every day. Being a practice owner isn’t exactly how I imagined it would be, but I still love what I do! Here's what my actual day-to-day as a practice owner looks like.

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Topics: Optometry Practice

3 Optometry “Side Hustles” You May Want To Consider

Posted by Talin Amadian on July 20, 2021 at 6:58 AM

Have you ever wondered if you’ll be stuck in clinic all day every day after graduation and boards?

You can be if you want to, but there’s always room for more! In this day and age, optometry is dynamic. Many are pursuing Non-clinical jobs as side hustles.

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Topics: Jobs, Career Choice, Side Hustles

Non-Clinical Jobs in Optometry: What is a Medical Science Liaison?

Posted by Talin Amadian on July 16, 2021 at 8:40 AM

Have you ever thought about what else you can do with an optometry degree? Though there are many options in clinical care, there may be a number of reasons you would like to branch out.  Whether you’re waiting on board exam results and looking for a job, or in limbo for your state license, a job as a Medical Science Liaison may be right for you. 

So what is a Medical Science Liaison (MSL) and what do they do?

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Topics: Jobs, Career Choice, Job Hunting, Non-Clinical Jobs

How to Run a Successful Optometry Practice

Posted by Talin Amadian on July 5, 2021 at 3:47 PM

Optometry school is tough! It consists of four years of jam-packed information that you need to learn in order to succeed as a clinician after graduation. However, there are skills beyond patient care that are crucial if practice ownership is the career path you’re aiming for.

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Topics: Optometry Practice

[Optometry] Hacks For Knocking Out Anxiety for Computer-Based Testing

Posted by Talin Amadian on June 28, 2021 at 2:57 PM

I did not know a single person without some level of anxiety right before NBEO® Part 1. In fact, the anxiety grew more and more each week, as the exam date got closer. Simply knowing that stakes were so high and the uncertainty around whether you’re doing things right can really create a struggle while studying, especially on the tail end closer to the exam date. However, I did find that so many students were not using this foolproof method of lowering test-taking anxiety.

Now, it’s important to mention that Computer-Based Testing (CBT) has been on the rise within the past few years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with so many different platforms, formats, and time limits, it’s natural to become overwhelmed and anxious about the uncertainty. I found that the best way to boost my confidence was to mimic the testing environment at home while studying. While this sounds like common sense, you’d be surprised how many students were not doing it!

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Topics: Stress, Optometry Studies, Reducing Stress, Optometry Boards

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