Pupillary Pathways

Cataract Surgery May Extend Your Patient's Life

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 4, 2018 9:21:00 AM

On a daily basis I see a wide variety of patients with many different ocular and systemic health conditions. One of the main eye-related issues I see and talk to my patients about it cataracts.

I get a wide range of emotions from patients when I tell them that their vision is hazy from cataracts, or that the difficulties they are having with glare at night are due to cataracts, or that they have the very early stages of cataracts developing; but they aren’t quite affecting their vision yet.

Most patients associate cataracts with a negative feeling; they feel like its just another thing that is reminding them that they are getting old.

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Topics: Cataracts, Surgery

Stick It Up Your Nose

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 2, 2018 8:37:32 AM

You may have heard some buzz about Allergan’s new product for the treatment of dry eye called TrueTear. You may have also heard that the device works by sticking it up your nose and stimulating the tissue in your nasal cavity! What?!

I thought it sounded a little crazy at first as well, but I’ve read the studies, talked with the Allergan representatives, and chatted with some colleagues who have tried the device, and it seems like a pretty promising treatment option for our patients! Let me break down some of the basics for you…

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Topics: TrueTear

What it Takes to Recruit a Talented Millennial Associate OD

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 21, 2017 6:06:00 PM

Most of us young ODs or optometry students are considered part of the millennial generation (whether we like it or not). With that being said, our generation is known for doing things differently, especially when it comes to looking for jobs.

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Topics: Jobs, Job Hunting, Millennial Generation OD

Have you heard the news? NBEO® preparation just got that much better!

Posted by Kathryn Jack on Dec 21, 2017 12:07:25 PM

Hello OptoPrep Friends! It sure has been a busy year here at OptoPrep. As the year comes to a close, we have enjoyed reflecting on the exciting happenings of the year and are inspired while we plan even more new and exciting things for 2018!

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Topics: NBEO, Apps, NBEO Part I, Announcements

Talking to Your Patients About Floaters

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 17, 2017 6:05:24 PM

One of the most common emergency calls and appointments you'll get in practice is when patients become anxious because they have noticed floaters and/or flashes in their vision. More common than not, these symptoms occur as a result of normal aging changes in the vitreous that can result in a posterior vitreous detachment.

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Topics: Floaters

Are You Happy With Your Optometry Career Choice?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Dec 7, 2017 4:58:40 PM

I recently read an article in Women in Optometry that had polled a group of optometrists about their satisfaction with their career choice. The results were shocking to me. I couldn’t believe that almost 50% of optometrists who were asked “If you were to start your career in optometry today, what path would you take?” stated that they would “not choose optometry.”

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Topics: Jobs, Career Choice, Poll Results

4 Foods Rich in Omega 3 Fatty-Acids for Eye Health

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 30, 2017 11:30:00 AM

We’ve all been told of the positive effects of taking omega 3 supplements for eye health, especially for the treatment of dry eye disease.

Studies have shown an improvement in tear osmolarity, tear break-up time, matrix metalloproteinase-9, and Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) symptom scores in patients adding omega 3s into their diet.

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Topics: Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Eye Health

Apple AR Glasses and Microsoft HoloLens

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 22, 2017 2:16:17 PM

Have you heard of the newest augmented reality and mixed reality glasses that will be coming to market? With the disappointing flop of Google Glass and Snap’s Spectacles, let’s see what Microsoft and Apple are bringing to the table!

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Topics: Technology, Glasses

Did you know this about UV Protection?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jul 6, 2017 11:52:39 AM
Here is our latest optometry infographic about UV Protection.
 
Did you know that c hildren take in 3x more UV exposure than adults – up to 80% of their lifetime exposure occurs by age 20! 

Make sure all of your young patients have a good pair of sunglasses as well! 

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Topics: Facts

Poll: What are your plans for the summer?

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jun 27, 2017 9:50:19 AM

The summer is here, so what will you be doing Optometry student? We would love to know! Take this poll!

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Topics: Polls