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— Chuck Aldridge, OD
Diabetic retinopathy affects over 95 million people worldwide and is the leading cause of blindness among working-age adults. Early screening to detect minor changes in the eye can reflect a change in the overall health status of a patient. Once DR is diagnosed, tracking progression and treatment success becomes key to delaying vision loss.
Fortunately, you are practicing in a time of great innovation. While electroretinography is not new, there are now ERG tests that are practice-, technician-, and patient-friendly that help us manage patients who are at risk for, and already have, diabetic retinopathy.
Seeing requires both healthy eyes for vision and a healthy brain for processing visual inputs. According to the latest research, visual problems may be one of the most reliable indicators that something is wrong with the brain and one of the best ways of tracking brain healing over time. This gives optometrists a unique opportunity to evaluate brain function while evaluating vision. Set your practice apart by offering your patients the peace of mind of baseline concussion testing or play an active role as part of a concussion management team.
A new study has been published that examines clinically relevant outcomes in glaucoma in relation to three different forms of tonometry. Goldmann, Corneal Compensated IOP (IOPcc), and Rebound tonometry were evaluated in open-angle glaucoma patients. This study showed that not all IOP readings are equivalent. IOPcc had the strongest association with visual field loss (24.5%); more than double the association of Goldmann applanation tonometry (11.1%), and more than four times that of Rebound tonometry (5.8%). These results indicate that IOPcc readings may be a better risk factor for glaucoma.
Daga, FB, Diniz-Filho, A, Ogata, NG, Susanna, BN, Susanna, CN, Medeiros, FA. (2019) Association Between Rates of Visual Field Progression and Intraocular Pressure Measurements Obtained by Different Tonometers, Ophthalmology, Volume 126, Number 1, 49-54.
Ergonomic design and eye care don’t always go together – in fact, eye care practitioners are often extremely susceptible to injuries and musculoskeletal disorders due to poor postures and outdated equipment.
In this white paper from Haag-Streit USA, you’ll learn:
- Where eye care practitioners are most likely to experience injuries and chronic pain
- Which equipment is most likely to cause these issues
- What kind of ergonomic adjustments can be made to prevent these disorders from occurring
Daily aches and pains aren’t required as part of your job description – find out how you can make simple adjustments to your daily routine and eye care equipment for a healthier, happier, and more productive career.
Are you looking for ways to earn more revenue in a competitive market? 10%-15% of the patients already walking in your door for refractive needs also have medical needs. Adding medical optometry services to your practice helps you generate more revenue and improve patient outcomes.
Read the guide, 5 Ways to Differentiate Your Optometry Practice, to learn how you can add 5 quick-to-deliver and profitable services for your practice, including concussion care, aging eye & brain health, sports vision, reading assessments, and digital device strain.
NeuroVisual Medicine is a specialty that involves the identification and treatment of heterophorias less than 2D (mostly vertical) using micro-prism lenses. This allows the NeuroVisual Specialist to bring relief to the 10% of the population where the heterophoria is causative of serious, chronic and debilitating medical symptoms including headache, dizziness, anxiety, gait/balance disturbances, neck pain, and persistent traumatic brain injury symptoms.
This White Paper focuses on treating vertical heterophoria with micro-prism lenses, and the successful reduction of three of the most frequent and disruptive symptoms – headache, dizziness and anxiety. It is an accurate representation of the care that has been provided to over 10,000 patients since 1995. To date over 20 optometrists nationally and internationally have been trained to provide this care.
Over the past 15 years, tremendous advances have been made in the detection and treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) giving rise to numerous peer-reviewed scientific papers published every month. Although the expanded knowledge is valuable, the information overload makes it difficult for clinicians to keep up with the constantly evolving science.
Athletes at all levels need more than good Snellen acuity to succeed in a highly dynamic playing environment. Set your practice apart by helping patients better understand how vision affects their performance—and what they can do about it. Here is a step-by-step guide to build your sports vision practice from the ground up. Learn from a real-life case study how one OD created a new source of revenue and improved patient retention in his practice by adding sports vision services.
To make the most of the latest treatment options, such as corneal collagen cross-linking, it is crucial that keratoconus is detected early in the disease process. Read about the role of advanced screening tools and how they can help diagnose keratoconus earlier to improve patient outcomes.
A prospective study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a novel mechanical eyelid device used by the patient at home for one minute each day (NuLidsTM by NuSight Medical, LLC, Rancho Santa Fe, CA) under the doctor's supervision for the treatment of dry eye disease (DED), blepharitis and meibomian gland disease (MGD).