Comprehensive eye exams are the bread and butter for every optometrist, regardless of the setting. Though patient demographics and chief complaints may be different, the core of everything we do and the testing we perform remains the same. All of the testing we perform on a daily basis in clinic is essential, but sometimes it’s hard to prioritize what to do and when to do it when it comes to looking for something specific or finding evidence for a certain diagnosis.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a prevalent disease and concern worldwide. Along with its associated side effects, diabetes remains the seventh leading cause of mortality in the United States.
Given its heavy prevalence, the chances that you’ll encounter a diabetic patient in your exam chair are extremely high, regardless of the demographic or population of the area you practice in. Here is a summary of common drugs you will encounter with your diabetic patients.
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.
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.
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!
Topics: 1st Year Student
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.
Topics: 1st Year Student
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!
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.
Topics: Optometry Practice
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.
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?