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Link: Explaining Glaucoma to Patients

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

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

quotes.pngBen Gaddie, OD, sits down with Marc Bloomenstein, OD, (and a glass of bourbon) to share tips on how to discuss a glaucoma diagnosis with patients. Dr. Gaddie says the disease is one of the leading causes of blindness and that comprehensive screening is important. The two doctors discuss the diagnostic tests needed to assess the appropriate level of treatment and how to discuss glaucoma management with patients.

Dr. Dexter's Take

 We all know how to run pre-tests, check vision, refract, evaluate the health of the eyes, and diagnose conditions, but explaining everything that you've come up with, and what to do next, in words that your patient can understand can be quite difficult. You can be the best optometrist in the world when it comes to diagnosing pathology, but if you can't communicate your findings to your patient, it means nothing to them. In this video below, Drs. Marc Bloomenstein and Ben Gaddie guide you through some of the ways to help you explain a complicated disease process like glaucoma to your patients. 

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NBEO-Tips-large.pngWe’ve put together a ton of great tips and tricks for studying for Part I of NBEO along with two tailored study programs that will help you thoroughly prepare for the big day. Remember, you’ve made it this far and you can totally do this!

Some of the Top 15 Tips include:

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  • Tackle the Weak Subjects Early
  • Start Sooner and Ease Into It
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NBEO Part I Study Guide The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I

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