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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

How I Landed a Job in Ophthalmology 6 Months After Graduation (Without Residency)

Posted by Talin Amadian on December 16, 2020 at 11:13 AM

As a student in optometry school, I was always curious to know what it would entail to have a particular job. I often tried to research online, but found that connecting with people who were a few years ahead of me in their careers was the most critical part of determining where I wanted to be after graduation.

Pre-optometry school, my exposure to the profession had only been private practice optometry and retail settings, as I had worked in both before beginning school. Throughout my professional training, I wondered why there were procedures I was seeing for the first time, despite having experience and being present in an optometry office working as a technician.

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Topics: Optometry Residency

Pros and Cons of the Three Most Popular Career Paths in Optometry

Posted by Talin Amadian on December 7, 2020 at 1:42 PM

Optometry offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to practice settings and environments. However, from a new graduate’s standpoint, it’s hard to get an honest representation of a practice setting without actually spending time within.

Some students never have exposure to a particular practice setting until after graduation when it’s time to look for a job. Knowing what you’re getting yourself into is a very important part of the initial job search.

Here are some pros and cons compiled by anonymous docs that can help you determine which common practice setting is right for you. This post is intended to help guide the initial job search. By no means does this replace the value of actual experiences!

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Topics: Career Choice

What Happens if I Don’t Pass TMOD?

Posted by Talin Amadian on December 1, 2020 at 10:48 AM

What happens if I don't pass the TMOD® ?

This is a question that runs through every single student’s mind while studying for NBEO® Part II. In fact, it’s probably one of the most researched topics when it comes to Part II. So, whether you’re purely just wondering, or you actually have to take TMOD® again, here is some info to ease your mind and help you prepare.

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Topics: Testing, TMOD

PAM® Demystified: How to Tackle (and Crush) the Case-Based Exam!

Posted by Talin Amadian on November 23, 2020 at 10:10 AM

In the previous blog post, we talked about the similarities and differences between NBEO® Part I and NBEO® Part II. Taking all of the differences into consideration, it is important to know exactly how to dive into a PAM® case and answer the questions effectively and efficiently.

The NBEO® website offers many tools that can be used to study as well as a handful of real PAM® cases to familiarize you with the format. As mentioned before, it is very important to have access to quality PAM® cases written by experts to make sure all of the important points are covered while preparing for the exam.

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Topics: PAM

How NBEO Part II Is Different From Any Test You’ve Ever Taken

Posted by Talin Amadian on November 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Chances are that if you’ve made it through the first three years of optometry school, then you probably know how to take an exam. Exams are a part of the standard process of learning.

However, NBEO® Part II is structured very differently from all of the rest of the exams that you have taken during and prior to optometry school. Because the format is unfamiliar to most, the way you study should be tailored to this format in order to avoid unnecessary amounts of stress and common mistakes during the examination.

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Topics: Part II, NBEO Part II

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