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How Optometrists Diagnose Diabetes

Posted by Amanda Dexter on February 14, 2020 at 12:11 PM

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic disorders that is defined by the inability of the body to produce or respond to the hormone insulin. This can be the result of either defective insulin secretion, or target cell receptor resistance.

No matter the cause, this disorder results in imbalanced carbohydrate metabolism and subsequent elevated blood glucose levels. While the bodily processes that lead to the different types of diabetes are distinct, most of the lab tests that are utilized to diagnose diabetes are interchangeable and do not specify which type of the disease is present.

The main tests used to diagnose diabetes mellitus are the fasting plasma glucose test, the oral glucose tolerance test, and the HbA1c test.

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Topics: Diabetes

4 Things to Do If You Don't Match with a Residency Program

Posted by Amanda Dexter on January 23, 2020 at 9:12 AM

Not everyone matches with an optometry residency program. If you do not end up matching with a site, please remember, this DOES NOT mean that you aren’t smart, that you aren’t good enough for a residency program, that your NBEO® scores or GPA weren’t high enough, or that you bombed your interviews.

There are PLENTY of excellent candidates who just don’t end up matching each year for a variety of reasons. With that being said, that are also MANY wonderful residency programs that don’t end up filling all of their openings either. Therefore, there is still a great opportunity to get set up with a fantastic residency for next year.

It does not end here!

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Topics: ORMatch, Optometry Residency Match

Everything You Need to Know About the Optometry Residency Match

Posted by Amanda Dexter on January 13, 2020 at 9:35 AM

You’ve spent the past few months applying for residency programs, sending in all of your supporting documentation, traveling for interviews, and now comes the HARDEST part of the entire process: submitting your ORMatch Rank Order List!

This part of the process can be extremely stressful as it determines the next pathway that you will take in your optometric career. Where you end up for your residency year is a huge stepping stone that will help you determine where you want to practice, what type of setting you will practice in, and which specialty you will focus on within the profession.

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Topics: Residency, Optometry Residency, ORMatch, Optometry Residency Match

Optometry Residency Dates You Should Know for 2020

Posted by Amanda Dexter on January 10, 2020 at 3:57 PM

‘Tis the season for all things residency! By this time, you have likely submitted all of your applications to optometry residency programs using the ORMatch Application Service. Now, the next couple of months are going to go by quickly with traveling for interviews, ranking your programs, and waiting for the Match results!

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Topics: Residency, Optometry Residency, Optometry Residency Interviews

Is an Optometry Residency Right for You?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on January 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM

As you enter the final stretch of optometry school, many of you are likely weighing the pros and cons of applying for a residency program. Determining whether to spend an extra year of your life on more training is a huge decision and will probably be one of the most important ones you make in your optometric career. Here are the dates for 2020 you should know!

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Topics: Residency, Optometry Residency, Optometry Residency Interviews

What to Expect on Test Day: NBEO® Part II

Posted by Amanda Dexter on November 15, 2019 at 12:20 PM

NBEO® Part II test day will be here before you know it! You've been studying for months now to do your best on the exam, and you’re confident about topics that will be tested, but are you prepared for exactly what happens at the testing center come test day? We’ve put together a few of the most important items you need to know to make your day run smoothly. 

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Topics: NBEO, NBEO Part II

Everything You Need to Know About NBEO® Part II

Posted by Amanda Dexter on November 7, 2019 at 10:28 AM

NBEO® Part II (also known as PAM – Patient Assessment & Management) is typically administered to optometry students in December of their 4th academic year.

For months prior to the examination, you will hear everyone talking about NBEO; what the exam entails, how many questions there are, what types of questions you’ll see, how the test is administered, etc., so we decided to put together a quick cheat-sheet with everything you need to know!

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Topics: NBEO, NBEO Part II

The Truth About Marijuana for the Treatment of Glaucoma

Posted by Amanda Dexter on October 28, 2019 at 12:29 PM

Every once in a while, you will get this question… “Can I just smoke marijuana to treat my glaucoma?” Many patients have heard somewhere along the way that marijuana can be an effective treatment for elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) or glaucoma. And a lot of patients aren’t afraid to ask if you can prescribe it for them. So, does it really work?

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Topics: Glaucoma, Glaucoma Medications

Review of Laser Treatments for Glaucoma

Posted by Amanda Dexter on October 22, 2019 at 1:08 PM

Laser procedures have become important treatment options in the management of patients with glaucoma. These procedures can be used in place of or in conjunction with topical therapies.
There are several different types of laser therapies depending on the type of glaucoma (narrow angle, open angle, pseudoexfoliation, or pigmentary) or the severity of the disease present.
Let’s review each of the laser treatments and their indications and mechanisms of action. 
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Topics: Glaucoma, Glaucoma Laser Treatments

Everything You Need to Know About Oral Glaucoma Medications

Posted by Amanda Dexter on October 7, 2019 at 9:09 AM

Systemic medications for intraocular pressure (IOP) control are typically reserved for cases in which a significant temporary drop in IOP is required that cannot be achieved by any other means.
Oral preparations are most commonly used in cases of acute angle-closure glaucoma or surrounding intraocular surgery, in which substantial pressure spikes may arise.
Because these medications are not as often prescribed as our work-horse topical medications, we’ve put together a quick review of everything you need to know about oral glaucoma drugs in case you are in a situation where these are needed.
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Topics: Glaucoma Medications, Oral Glaucoma Medications

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