Pupillary Pathways

AOA's Privacy Appeal to NBEO Prompts Change at Testing Organization

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM


The data breach involving optometrists and optometry students has still not been cracked. Although many have their own speculations as to which profession database was compromised, no one has stepped forward to take responsibility yet.  Were you a part of it?

However, the AOA has pressured the NBEO to change their requirements for registration to protect registrant's social security numbers. In the past the full 9-digit social security number was required and was kept in the NBEO database.  AOA's Privacy Appeal to NBEO Prompts Change at the Testing Organization.

Recently, the NBEO changed it's requirements and is now using the new OE tracker number system and only the last 4 digits of the SSN. Additionally, the full SSNs of existing registrants have been truncated to only the last 4 digits. Although the effects of the breach are still causing many issues, at least this will help protect new students who have not signed up with NBEO yet. 

We also have 10 steps you should take to prevent identify theft.

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Topics: Links, Cataracts

Link: Robot Surgeon Can Slice Eyes Finely Enough to Remove Cataracts

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM


I am often amazed by the advances in medical technology. Robotic surgeon devices used to assist in surgical procedures have been around for many years. Now, this technology seems to be making it's way into the ocular surgery world.

A new surgical robot is claimed to be able to make the micro-scale movements required for the particularly delicate procedure of cataract surgery.  It is even designed to operate with greater accuracy than a human! Check out the article below which describes the new, incredible robotic device and how these robots remove cataracts.

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Topics: Links, Cataracts

The Scoop on Dropless Cataract Surgery

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Apr 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

About a year ago, I sent a patient to a local cataract surgeon for a cataract evaluation due to his complaints of decreased visual acuity, glare and haloes at night, and difficulty completing some of his normal daily tasks.

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Topics: Cataracts

How to Discuss Cataracts with Your Patients

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Mar 31, 2016 8:39:34 AM

Marc Bloomenstein, OD, introduces "Challenging Patient Dialogues," a new video series tackling the question of how to discuss complex ocular conditions and symptoms with patients.

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Topics: Links, Cataracts