Pupillary Pathways

Optometry Student: Tylenol and the Liver

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 10, 2017 5:33:21 PM
Here is our latest optometry infographic about Tylenol and the liver.
Tylenol is the most popular pain reliever in the U.S., but it is also the leading cause of acute liver failure. 

Because of this risk, and adult should not take more than 4000 mg of acetaminophen in a 24 hour period. 
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Topics: Facts, Liver

7 Strategies for fitting Keratoconus Patients

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 4, 2017 9:23:26 AM

Do you get nervous when you see keratoconus patients on your schedule in the contact lens clinic? Not sure exactly where to start, what lenses to consider, what changes to make if the lenses aren't functioning properly or fitting well?

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Topics: Links, Keratoconus

5 Steps for Making a New Year's Resolution for Optometry Students

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 28, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Yes, it’s that time of year again. The time of year when optometry students feel as if we have to turn over a new leaf. The time when we imagine that the arrival of a year will provide us the motivation and persistence we need to make some serious changes in our lives. 

Traditionally, New Year’s Day is thought to be the ideal time to kick start a new phase in your life and the time when you must make your all important new year’s resolution. Don’t start off the new year setting yourself up for failure by vowing to make huge changes that will be hard to keep.

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Topics: Stress, 3rd Year Student, Studying, 4th Year Student, Optometry School

Better Target Dry Eye with Three Easy Tests

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 27, 2016 12:09:00 PM


We all know that there are many different signs, symptoms, causes, and treatments for dry eye syndrome. What tests do you feel are the most important when evaluating a patient that present with complaints that are likely caused by ocular surface disease?

Most clinicians will stain with sodium fluorescein, looking for SPK and measuring TBUT. It is also common for ODs to apply pressure to the lids to check for meibomian gland disease, when evaluating their dry eye patients. Do you check for such things as lid wiper epitheliopathy, or measure tear osmolarity, or determine the presence or absence of ocular surface inflammation?

This article provides an in-depth look at how to add these three steps to your examination of dry eye patients to better help determine the cause and appropriate treatment for each individual.   Go read the full article from reviewofoptometry.com.

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Topics: Links

Optometry Student: The 3 Main Signs of Diabetes

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 26, 2016 8:07:05 AM
Optometry Student, do you know the three signs of Diabetes?
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Topics: Diabetes, Facts

How Much Do You Make as an Optometrist?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 22, 2016 11:15:02 AM

When asked why they chose this profession, many optometrists will tell you that many factors contributed to their decision; they wanted to be able to help people and give back to the community, they were fascinated by the eyes and the visual system, they liked the idea of the flexible work environment and schedule, and of course, the potential to earn a good living and provide for a family.

Many of you students are probably looking forward to the days where you’ll actually start making a doctor’s wage, but do you really have an idea of what an optometrist makes? And what factors can influence your income level?

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Topics: Salary

Optometry Student: How much time do you get off for winter break?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 21, 2016 8:42:41 AM

Winter break is upon us optmetry students, and we were wondering:  How long do you get for winter break?  Take this quick poll and see what your fellow students get.

Be sure to also take out past polls!

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Topics: Polls

Download the Handbook of Ocular Disease Management

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 20, 2016 8:45:16 PM


My favorite optometric publication; The Handbook of Ocular Disease Management, published annually in Review of Optometry is now digitally available!

This handbook reviews some of the most important and most common clinical conditions that you will see in practice, along with an overview, the pathophysiology, how to manage the condition, and appropriate clinical pearls. Every optometry student and optometrist should keep this publication handy to refer to as needed!  Go get it here.

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Topics: Links

Optometry Fact: "Christmas Tree Cataracts"

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 19, 2016 9:00:00 AM
Optometry fact student, did you know that "Christmas Tree Cataracts" are typically idiopathic or associated with myotonic dystrophy?
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Topics: Facts

Optometry Infographic: Papillae vs. Follicles

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 17, 2016 11:49:21 AM
Most cases of conjunctivitis may be categorized as either papillary or follicular, according to the macroscopic and microscopic appearance of the conjunctiva.
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Topics: Facts