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Posted by Amanda Dexter on July 26, 2016 at 9:00 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.


Keep dry eye patients flowing into your office with this time-honored technique.

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Optometry’s dry eye armamentarium has increased significantly in recent years to include condition-specific artificial tears, anti-inflammatories, better lid disease treatments, amniotic membranes and autologous serum. These have all come about in an effort to treat the growing dry eye epidemic. 

Read the full article from Review of Optometry

Dr. Dexter's Take

A ton of research and development in the eye care industry is focused on treatment of ocular surface disease. We have artificial tears, gels, ointments, Restasis, eyelid scrubs, warm compresses, omega 3s, oral antibiotics, amniotic membranes, in office lid warming therapy, and the list goes on and on... But I find that with the all the attention on new treatment options, we often tend to forget the tried and true option of utilizing punctal plugs for our dry eye patients. This article does a great job at reminding eye care providers of the benefits of punctal occlusion, selecting the proper patients for this treatment, and reviews the procedural steps for instillation of plugs. 

The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I of NBEO®

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:

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Test Format
  • Tackle the Weak Subjects Early
  • Start Sooner and Ease Into It
  • ...and 12 more!

NBEO Part I Study Guide The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I

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