O.D. Notebook: Provide the Reason for the Prescription

Practice Tip: To get patients to comply with your prescription(s) for dry eye disease, be sure to provide the reason for the prescription, writes Cecelia Koetting, O.D., F.A.A.O., in the July issue’s “Educate on DED Therapeutics article.” For example, “It looks like part of the cause of your dry eye is lid margin disease. Specifically, you have a build-up of bacteria debris (or demodex debris), and this can lead to clogging of the glands, which contain an oil needed to stabilize your tear film. To try to rectify this, I’m prescribing at-home lid hygiene, comprised of lid scrubs (i.e. foam, spray, O.D.’s preference) and a moist heat compress (or mask) to help release that special oil, clean debris and control the bacteria.” For more patient scripts, visit  
Company News:
  • CooperVision has donated $25,000 to start a 2020-2021 Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Student Relief Program, which will provide emergency funding, in light of financial constraints caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, to support students attending an ASCO member school or college of optometry. Specifically, each of ASCO’s schools and colleges of optometry will select either one student to receive a $1,000 grant or two students to each receive a $500 grant. Each institution will develop its criteria for choosing the grant recipients, with the requirement that the student demonstrate academic progress.
  • Essilor Custom Contact Lens Specialists’ “Focus on Education” webinar series is offering a free webinar on Aug. 13, 8:00 p.m. EST on navigating COVID-19 with a specialty lens practice. The program is sponsored by Contamac and hosted by Dr. Howard Purcell, president and CEO of the New England College of Optometry. This group panelist discussion webinar — with Dr. Anita Gulmiri, Dr. Katie Greiner and Dr. Melanie Frogozo — will cover topics such as utilizing telemedicine for contact lens cases during the lockdown period, changes made to working with medically necessary contact lens patients during the pandemic, navigating working with children wearing contact lenses, to adults wearing scleral lenses and more. Register at CmeR-idp7INWrZ1Jg.  
  • BostonSight, a nonprofit eye health care organization and research center dedicated to saving sight and improving quality of life, has announced it has partnered with Spectrum International to expand access of the BostonSight Scleral contact lens to the Latin American market.
  • Prevent Blindness has joined forces with the National Optometric Association on a new program called “A.C.H.I.E.V.E, which is an acronym for All Children’s Health Initiative for Eye and Vision Excellence.” Specifically, the program seeks to raise awareness among minority parents about the importance of healthy vision and its connection to learning and to prompt eye exams. As part of the program, free educational webinars will be conducted, and shareable social media images and communications will be available in English and Spanish. The materials will be available for free download at In other news, the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness has released the second edition of  “Children’s Vision and Eye Health: A Snapshot of Current National Issues,” which can be accessed at One finding from the report: Children in families with adults that have a college education, compared to those in homes with adults who did not complete high school or who have some college education, are more likely to have received vision testing.
  • SUNY College of Optometryis hosting part two of the live webinar series “Seeking Solutions - Race in Optometry: An Honest Conversation on Optometric Education,” tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The webinar will feature a panel of black optometrists and leaders in academia who will focus on seeking solutions within optometric education by discussing diversity, inclusion and mentorship, which help lead the way to career pathways. To register, email
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