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Video Link: Diagnosing Retinal Disorders with Dilation

Posted by Amanda Dexter on October 11, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Amanda Dexter
Dr. Amanda K. Dexter received her optometric training at Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton, California, where she was Class of 2010 Valedictorian. She also completed a residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Veteran's Affairs Hospital in San Diego, California. Dr. Dexter is the Manager and Program Coordinator for OptoPrep, the premiere online study resource for the NBEO Part I & II.


Marc Bloomenstein, OD, awakens Steven Ferrucci, OD, in the middle of the night to ask him how to talk to patients about dilation and retinal disorders.

quotes.pngThis episode’s pillow talk includes what optometrists should be looking for in the back of the eye, how to evaluate for diabetic retinopathy, and how ODs can discuss various treatments with their patients. RIP Peaches the Clown.

Watch the video on eyetubeod.com

Dr. Dexter's Take

You'll find that a lot of patient don't understand what dilating their eyes means and why it is important. When you talk about a dilated exam to your patients, you'll often hear "Do I really need to do that?" I've had it done in the past and my eyes were fine." "I think I would know if something were wrong with my eyes." "My last doctor never dilated me, why do I have to now?" Or "Can't I just take the photos of my eyes instead?"

You need to get really confident at explaining why a dilation is an important part of your eye exam. Dr. Marc Bloomenstein and Dr. Steven Ferrucci discuss in this video how to better talk to your patients about what to expect, and why it's necessary. 

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The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I of NBEO®

NBEO-Tips-large.pngWe’ve put together a ton of great tips and tricks for studying for Part I of NBEO along with two tailored study programs that will help you thoroughly prepare for the big day. Remember, you’ve made it this far and you can totally do this!

Some of the Top 15 Tips include:

  • Familiarize Yourself with the Test Format
  • Tackle the Weak Subjects Early
  • Start Sooner and Ease Into It
  • ...and 12 more!

NBEO Part I Study Guide The Top 15 Tips and Tricks for Studying for Part I

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