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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

Graduate Degrees That Leave People Drowning in Debt

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 19, 2018 7:02:39 AM
 
 
As you've well figured out by now, optometry school is expensive! Unfortunately, in a recent CNBC article, optometry takes the #1 spot in "degrees that leave people drowning in debt." But, don't let this get you down!
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Topics: Loans

Investing for New Grad ODs

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 12, 2018 12:55:46 PM

One of the first things that I learned when I graduated from optometry school was that I knew NOTHING about investments and retirement, and what to do and how to do it!

 

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Topics: investing

Link: Examining the Fascinating Typographic History Of Eye Charts

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 5, 2018 11:32:47 AM

Did you know that they first eye chart ever created was created by Dr. Küchler, a German ophthalmologist? He designed a chart in 1836 using figures cut from calendars, books, and newspapers glued in rows of decreasing sizes onto paper.

I don't remember learning about him in Optometry school! 

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Topics: Eye Exam, eye charts

How the Diploma Deluge is Reshaping Optometry

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Feb 21, 2018 10:47:07 AM

I'm sure you've heard the argument many times before... there are too many optometry schools (with even more on the horizon) and not enough qualified applicants to fill the seats.

This is leading to the decrease in pass-rates for NBEO® for optometry schools, and less students able to complete the rigorous program in order to graduate and become successful doctors.

So what can be done in order to protect academics and prevent a decline in standards?

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Topics: Optometry School

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