Pupillary Pathways

Amanda Dexter

Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.

Recent Posts

Women With These Jobs Are Least Likely to Have Kids

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Feb 15, 2018 11:46:52 AM

I recently read an article about careers in which women are least likely to have children. When I clicked on the link I did not expect to see that our profession, optometry, was at the very top of the list! Taking the number 1 spot, this article noted that 47% of women ODs do not have kids!

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Topics: Jobs, Job Hunting

Symfony in the Symphony Hall

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Feb 11, 2018 8:24:09 PM

With the Tecnis Symfony intraocular lens having been available for a little over a year now, we are starting to see many cases of this lens being implanted, the post-operative journey that the patients went through, and the refractive and vision results from the Symfony lens.

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Topics: Contact Lens

D-EYE Smartphone-based Retinal Imaging System

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 24, 2018 2:40:39 PM

 

Did you know that there is a super cool device out there that can allow you to capture high-definition photos and videos of the ocular fundus with your iPhone?! It is called the D-EYE Smartphone-based Retinal Imaging System.

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Topics: Contest, #WhereDoYouOptoPrep

How Are Your New Year’s Resolutions Going?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 23, 2018 11:04:44 AM

2018… new year, new goals, new ideas, new start, and new resolutions. Now that we are about half way through January, it’s a great time to check in on how your New Year’s Resolutions are coming along.

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Topics: Stress, Motivation

Cataract Surgery May Extend Your Patient's Life

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 4, 2018 9:21:00 AM

On a daily basis I see a wide variety of patients with many different ocular and systemic health conditions. One of the main eye-related issues I see and talk to my patients about it cataracts.

I get a wide range of emotions from patients when I tell them that their vision is hazy from cataracts, or that the difficulties they are having with glare at night are due to cataracts, or that they have the very early stages of cataracts developing; but they aren’t quite affecting their vision yet.

Most patients associate cataracts with a negative feeling; they feel like its just another thing that is reminding them that they are getting old.

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Topics: Cataracts, Surgery

Stick It Up Your Nose

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 2, 2018 8:37:32 AM

You may have heard some buzz about Allergan’s new product for the treatment of dry eye called TrueTear. You may have also heard that the device works by sticking it up your nose and stimulating the tissue in your nasal cavity! What?!

I thought it sounded a little crazy at first as well, but I’ve read the studies, talked with the Allergan representatives, and chatted with some colleagues who have tried the device, and it seems like a pretty promising treatment option for our patients! Let me break down some of the basics for you…

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Topics: TrueTear

What it Takes to Recruit a Talented Millennial Associate OD

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 21, 2017 6:06:00 PM

Most of us young ODs or optometry students are considered part of the millennial generation (whether we like it or not). With that being said, our generation is known for doing things differently, especially when it comes to looking for jobs.

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Topics: Jobs, Job Hunting, Millennial Generation OD

Talking to Your Patients About Floaters

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 17, 2017 6:05:24 PM

One of the most common emergency calls and appointments you'll get in practice is when patients become anxious because they have noticed floaters and/or flashes in their vision. More common than not, these symptoms occur as a result of normal aging changes in the vitreous that can result in a posterior vitreous detachment.

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Topics: Floaters

Are You Happy With Your Optometry Career Choice?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 7, 2017 4:58:40 PM

I recently read an article in Women in Optometry that had polled a group of optometrists about their satisfaction with their career choice. The results were shocking to me. I couldn’t believe that almost 50% of optometrists who were asked “If you were to start your career in optometry today, what path would you take?” stated that they would “not choose optometry.”

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Topics: Jobs, Career Choice, Poll Results

4 Foods Rich in Omega 3 Fatty-Acids for Eye Health

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 30, 2017 11:30:00 AM

We’ve all been told of the positive effects of taking omega 3 supplements for eye health, especially for the treatment of dry eye disease.

Studies have shown an improvement in tear osmolarity, tear break-up time, matrix metalloproteinase-9, and Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) symptom scores in patients adding omega 3s into their diet.

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Topics: Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Eye Health