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Not All Omega-3 Supplements Are Created Equal

Posted by Talin Amadian on April 12, 2021 at 1:48 PM

Omega- 3 supplements have definitely been getting a lot of attention within the past few years. Many primary care physicians and cardiovascular specialists have been recommending high dose omega-3’s to help improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease as well as help in patients’ general health.

Omega-3’s found in supplements as well as food have been proven to cause a reduction of triglyceride levels, blood pressure and blood clots. They have also been shown to combat inflammation, a critical component of dry eye. However, other research has found that they may not even be effective at all.

Here’s what we know so far about omega-3’s and their relevance in dry eye treatment and management.

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Topics: Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Omega-3

Into the Vault: The Latest on ICL (Implantable Collamer® Lens)

Posted by Talin Amadian on March 29, 2021 at 3:26 PM

The buzz about refractive surgery has been changing for the past few years. The lasers for LASIK and PRK are getting more and more advanced, and new procedures are being studied even more frequently. More options are being made available for the group of patients who were once told they could not have refractive surgery due to their high prescription or astigmatism. One of the most “buzz-worthy” procedures, the ICL, is being performed more often. Let’s take a look at the Visian® Implantable Collamer® Lens, otherwise known as the ICL.

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Topics: Implantable Collamer Lens, ICL

So What Makes A “Good LASIK Candidate” Anyway?

Posted by Talin Amadian on March 22, 2021 at 1:13 PM

You may have seen a patient a handful of times before, but at some point, they’ll probably hit you with the question: “Am I a good candidate for LASIK?”

Most patients call all different types of refractive surgery “LASIK”, only because they probably don't know about their options. Though LASIK is the most commonly performed procedure in terms of refractive surgery, just because a patient does not qualify for LASIK doesn't mean they don’t qualify for any other kind of refractive surgery. 

Answering the common LASIK question may sound complicated if you haven't had enough experience in a refractive surgery environment. Surgeons look for a variety of factors when determining if a patient is a candidate. As primary eye care providers, Optometrists should be able to answer questions for standard cases and leave the not-so-standard cases up to the surgeon's discretion.

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Topics: LASIK

New Kid On The Block: The Light Adjustable IOL

Posted by Talin Amadian on March 19, 2021 at 9:12 AM

Cataract surgery remains one of the most commonly performed procedures in the world. In the past few years, there have been many advancements in the field of ocular and refractive surgery. Pharmaceutical companies and manufacturers are constantly thinking about ways to make cataract surgery more effective and efficient. Though multifocal IOLs have been the shining stars of innovation in the past years, the light-adjustable is arguably the most talked-about newcomer. 

The light-adjustable IOL was created to address variable post-surgical outcomes, a very common problem following traditional cataract surgery. Since this variation differs from patient to patient, there has never been one solid way to approach the problem of not reaching the perfect target prescription following surgery.

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Topics: IOL

COVID-19 Related Updates for NBEO® Part 1

Posted by Talin Amadian on February 24, 2021 at 1:03 PM

It’s time for NBEO® Part 1 ABS – are you ready? Studying for the exam is nerve-racking on its own, preparing for the logistics shouldn’t be. Here’s some information on what to expect on test day, including some COVID-19 related updates regarding testing at Pearson VUE test centers.

When you register for Part 1 ABS, you will get a confirmation email from Pearson VUE with information about the exam and scheduling. The exam consists of two sessions, four hours each. Each session consists of 185 items and the items are randomized and in no particular order. The first session also provides a 15 minute tutorial on how to navigate the program as well as an NDA agreement. There is an optional 45 minute break between session 1 and 2. Though this break is optional and you can begin the second session right after the first, It’s a good idea to take a meal break and rest before conquering the second half.

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Topics: NBEO Part I

My Biggest Trick for Getting Through Third Year (Plus a Few More)

Posted by Talin Amadian on February 16, 2021 at 9:42 AM

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: Optometry school was no walk in the park. Just like any graduate program, just when you think you couldn’t possibly take on one more task, you’re hit with even more things to do. Sometimes it’s hard to even catch a break.

Third year is also a bittersweet milestone. Most students are excited because they are halfway through their optometry school experience. However, this is also when things become much more serious. Third year is when the curriculum gets tougher, expectations in clinic become greater and, to top it all off, you’re studying for boards.

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Topics: Studying, Parks 3 Step Test, 3rd Year Students, Third Years

Reliable Content: Are you studying the wrong information?

Posted by Talin Amadian on February 11, 2021 at 11:21 AM

By now you should know the importance of seeking reliable information on the internet. Unfortunately, unreliable information is everywhere, even when it comes to study materials. Though it’s important to research content regularly, this is especially true when studying for boards.

You have many choices on study materials, methods and supplements. In the digital world, you now have access to an endless amount of resources online that can be found with the click of a button. In fact, you can get an answer to a question in seconds with a quick web search. Though it may be tempting to click on the first link when you search “NBEO® Part I study questions”, here are some examples of unreliable vs. reliable information you can use to filter your study materials and content.

You’ll be surprised that some of these resources may be websites you’re using on a daily basis.

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Topics: Studying

Quick Initial Treatment of Aqueous-Deficient Dry Eye

Posted by Talin Amadian on February 1, 2021 at 11:26 AM

You’ve already determined that your patient has aqueous deficient dry eye, now what? For years and years, doctors have prescribed artificial tears as a first-line treatment for aqueous-deficient dry eye (ADDE). However, in recent years, advancements in dry eye research have introduced brand new prescribing patterns for ADDE.

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Topics: Dry Eye

Management of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction, Simplified 

Posted by Talin Amadian on January 25, 2021 at 12:16 PM

Meibomian gland dysfunction seems to be one of the most common conditions diagnosed in eye care. The condition is so prevalent, that some practitioners deem the condition “normal” unless the patient complains of symptoms.

In fact, most patients also think their symptoms are “normal” since they’ve been dealing with them for a long time. 

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Topics: Meibomian Gland

“Over-the-Counter” Debunked: Finding the Best Artificial Tear For Your Patient

Posted by Talin Amadian on January 18, 2021 at 1:31 PM

Artificial tears are a very common treatment for all kinds of dry eye disease. In fact, they can be considered a first line treatment since many patients go out and purchase them over-the-counter for relief before consulting with a doctor. These drops are great at alleviating most symptoms of mild to moderate dry eye disease with very minimal side effects. 

However, these drops are not created equally: each manufacturer uses their own technology to manufacture their version of the most effective artificial tear for multipurpose dry eye relief. Here we will compare common ingredients, including preservatives, to help you differentiate which artificial tear is right for your patients. 

All of the ingredients used in the manufacturing of artificial tears should be considered when treating a patient’s dry eye disease (DED). Not every dry eye is the same, and not every artificial tear is made the same. Some active ingredients may be useful for aqueous deficient dry eye, others may be useful for evaporative dry eye. Also, some preservatives can impact the treatment process.

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Topics: Eye Drops, Artificial Tear, Dry Eye

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