Pupillary Pathways

Managing the Medicine Cabinet

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 4, 2016 10:24:55 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.

The most common prescription medications pose risks to your patients’ ocular health. Spot them on the chart so you can be prepared to rein in their possible side effects. 

Let's get control of the medicine cabinet.

quotes.pngIn the age of polypharmacy, many patients present with—quite literally—page-long medication lists. Many commonly prescribed systemic medications can affect the eyes and visual system, with adverse effects ranging from mild dryness to blindness.1 As primary care doctors for the human eye, optometrists often find themselves on the frontlines of health care.

Dr. Dexter's Take

As we all know, many of your patients will present with a list of medications that they are currently taking to manage their health conditions, and many of those medications can have significant ocular side effects. This article reviews the most common systemic medications that can have potential effects on the visual system, from ocular surface dryness to severe visual implications.

Read the full article from Review of Optometry

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
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