Pupillary Pathways

Top Study Tips to Ace Your Midterms

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

Well, I’m sure for most of you the first few weeks of the start of a new year in optometry school has been fun, but now it’s time to get back into midterm mode. After a break from class and tests, it can be hard getting back into the groove of studying for exams. We’ve come up with a few great study tips to get you motivated and back on track!

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Topics: Testing

What to Expect on NBEO Part I Exam Day

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Feb 25, 2016 8:39:17 AM

With NBEO Part I fast approaching, we want to ensure that you are completely prepared for what to expect during the ABS (Applied Basic Science) exam so that there aren’t any surprises come testing day!

We want you to know what to expect on NBEO Exam Day!

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Topics: NBEO, Testing, NBEO Part I

Genetic Testing for Macular Degeneration

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Jan 8, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and blindness in Americans who are of retirement age. Studies have shown that approximately one in ten individuals in their 50s will display some retinal changes indicative of AMD, and about one in three people in their 70s will show observable AMD changes.

Approximately 20% of those who develop the early and intermediate form of AMD will progress to an advanced disease stage with loss of vision as they age, but the risk for progression is very difficult to predict. This advanced disease can be characterized by dry geographic atrophy (30% of advanced disease cases) or wet choroidal neovascularization (70% of individuals with advanced disease). 

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Topics: Vision Loss, Testing, Blindness

Keep Calm and Pass the NBEO

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

NBEO Part 2 is only a couple of days away! You’ve been studying hard over the past few months to prepare for this test, you’ve had many late nights trying to juggle study time and your clinic schedule, an you’ve sacrificed spending time with your friends and family, all to make sure you are fully ready for this big day. And you are! You are smart. You are prepared. And you will do great! 

We’ve put together a few tips for you to keep you on top of your game come test day, help you manage the inevitable stress and nervousness that will ensue, and to increase your chances of successfully passing the NBEO Part 2. Good luck!

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Topics: NBEO, Stress, Testing

NBEO Part II Test Day: What to Expect

Posted by Amanda Dexter on Nov 23, 2015 8:48:00 AM

With NBEO Part II fast approaching, we want to ensure that you are completely prepared for what to expect during the PAM (Patient Assessment and Management) exam so that there aren’t any surprises come testing day!

Where/When to Report

All candidates will receive a verification email from Pearson VUE indicating the date, time, and location of their examination. The Part II exam is offered to each student on one of two dates, either December 1st, 2015 or December 3rd, 2015. The starting time for the exam will vary depending on the appointment you have scheduled with Pearson VUE. Each candidate should arrive to the exam center 30 minutes prior to their scheduled appointment to allow adequate time for the check-in procedures. Candidates who arrive more than 15 minutes after their scheduled appointment times will be denied admission and are not eligible for a refund of the exam fee. 

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Topics: NBEO, Testing