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Gene Therapy for Blindness

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 13, 2018

Recently a biotech firm in Philadelphia developed the first Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved gene therapy for blindness. The company, Spark Therapeutics, developed the therapy known as LUXTURNA™, which improves eyesight in persons with confirmed biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy, also known as Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Patients with this genetic mutation have severe […]

Complicated Patients

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 27, 2018

Optometry is an attractive profession in many ways. First of all, the focus of an optometrist’s career is treating the eye, one of the coolest organs in the body. Also, optometry allows practitioners to have the option of being small business owners. Even though there are many positives, more often than not, complicated patients can […]

Cornea Research News

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 13, 2018

More often than not, the news on television or on the Internet isn’t good. There are political feuds, crime, and natural disasters–just to name a few. The exception is medical research. Most of the news from the medical field is good. It deals with new treatments or new insights about the workings of the human […]

Working in a Small Space

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 30, 2018

In 2012, the American Optometric Association put out an executive summary based on their survey of optometrists. One of the things reported in the summary was that optometrists who own a practice work in an office that is 2,528 square feet, whereas non-owners (those who work in multi-doctor practices or corporate optometry) work in an […]

Eye Diseases by Ethnic Group

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 16, 2018

It is well known that certain diseases, such as diabetes can lead to glaucoma and exposure from high energy visible light (also known as blue light) can damage the macular pigment in the eye. What many don’t know is that some ethnic groups are at higher risk of vision conditions, regardless of exposure to difference […]

Office Improvements

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 2, 2018

The good thing about owning a practice is that, as the owner, you decide how-and when-to make improvements. The bad thing about owning a practice is that there are so many things to do each day that it can be hard to improve the business itself. If you were a carpenter and you depended upon […]

Maybe It’s a Vision Problem and Not a Behavioral Problem

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 19, 2017

Preschool children are known for being little tornados. They go from one activity to another and wear out the adults in their charge. Of course, as they get older they calm down—most of the time. As children go through school, many things that were once thought to be exuberance are diagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity […]

How To Be More Productive

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 5, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice if you and your staff could just bang through your tasks without interruption or fatigue? That’s not possible because of interruptions. Literally anything from idle chit-chat and time wasting to a sudden surge in walk-in patients can interrupt administrative work. As a consequence, it takes time to get things done. In […]

Slowing the Increase in Myopia

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 21, 2017

Myopia is the Rodney Dangerfield* of vision conditions. Unlike glaucoma or macular degeneration, myopia isn’t ‘given respect’ because the majority of treatments don’t involve surgery. Most of the time, either eyeglasses or contact lenses do the trick. If a person is fed up with glasses or contact lenses, there’s vision correction surgery (e.g., LASIK). The […]

How Does Your Office Staff Work?

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 7, 2017

You spent four years getting your bachelor’s degree, another four in medical school, not to mention one to three years in a residency program (depending on your specialty). Next came working for another doctor. You worked hard, saved your pennies, and then you bought your own practice. Now you can just sit back (in between […]