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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.

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Optometry Student: The 3 Main Signs of Diabetes

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Aug 7, 2019 4:00:00 PM

Optometry Student, do you know the three signs of Diabetes?

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Topics: Diabetes, Facts

Transitioning from Optometry Student to Optometrist

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jul 29, 2019 2:13:48 PM

As you 4th year optometry students begin your final year of school, you’ll find that these last months will fly right on by! Before you know it, you’ll be walking across the stage at graduation and then out on your own as a doctor.

There are several things that you should start preparing for during your final year to ensure that once graduation passes, you’ll be ready to fly solo. We’ve compiled a list of items to help start your transition from optometry student to optometrist.

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Topics: 4th Year Student, Optometry School

What Optometry Students Should (and Should Not) Wear to Clinic

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jul 15, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Most optometry schools will provide incoming students with some general dress code guidelines for clinic, and in some cases, standards for even just attending classes. The most important reason for a dress code is to ensure that students are presenting themselves in a professional manner as they are a not only a representation of the school, but of the profession of optometry as well.

Most optometry students are not used to dressing in this manner on a daily basis, so it may take a little time and experimenting with different clothing and shoes options to find that perfect balance of professionalism and comfort. We’ve come up with several tips to help get your clinic wardrobe started!

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Topics: Clinics, Dress Code

Top 5 Tips for Taking a Thorough Case History

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jul 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM
 
Taking a thorough case history is one of the very most important parts of your entire examination. It is a time for you to just sit down and talk to your patient and formulate a picture of the patient’s overall health status. You’ll inquire about their medical conditions, medications, and family history to help determine risk factors for certain conditions.
 
You’ll also learn about their previous ocular conditions and their history with glasses and/or contact lens wear. All of this information will be extremely helpful when working through their chief complaint and history of present illness to come up with some possible diagnoses which will also aid in guiding your examination.
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Topics: Case History

How to Impress Your Staff Doctors in Clinic

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jul 3, 2019 3:03:59 PM

Whether you are just beginning your first year of optometry school  spending most of your timef shadowing in clinic or you are in your fourth year at your external clinical rotation sites, we’ve come up with several tips to help you excel in clinic and impress your staff doctors!

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Topics: Clinics

NBEO® Settles Class Action Lawsuit Awarding $3.25 Million to Alleged Data Breach Victims

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 22, 2019 1:22:11 PM

 

Remember back to 2016 when optometrists and optometry students started receiving notifications that they had applied for Chase Amazon Visa credit cards, along with other random credit inquiries? The information that was breached seemed to all funnel back to the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO®).

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Topics: NBEO Security Breach

FDA Approves Avaclyr® for the Treatment of Herpes Simplex Dendritic Keratitis

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 15, 2019 12:31:45 PM
 
On March 29, 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new topical ophthalmic medication known as Avaclyr ® for the treatment of herpes simplex dendritic keratitis.
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Topics: Drug Updates

What's New with NBEO® for 2019?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM
 
The goal of NBEO ® testing is to assess the cognitive, psychomotor, affective, and communication skills that are essential for entry-level optometric practice. As the profession of optometry is constantly evolving, the NBEO ® has to adapt to these changes to ensure that new optometrists are competent in all areas of practice no matter where they choose to live and work. With that being said, there are several new updates from the NBEO ® that will be taking effect this year. 
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Topics: NBEO

Optometry Residencies: What to Do if You Didn't Match

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Mar 21, 2019 11:08:31 AM
 
One of the most anticipated days of your optometric career happened this week… the release of the Optometry Residency Match results.
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Topics: Residency, Optometry Residency, Optometry Residency Interviews

Link: Explaining Glaucoma to Patients

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Mar 12, 2019 9:00:00 AM

One of the hardest parts of an eye examination is the patient education.

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Topics: Links

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