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(Not So) Extreme Makeover: Office Edition

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 8, 2016

Shows like This Old House and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition can help generate ideas on how to make improvements to your home. What about your office? While there isn’t a show called This Old Office, the home makeover shows can provide inspiration to transform your stuffy workplace into an office of your dreams. Granted, if […]

Energy Consumption or Working All the Time Causes Wear and Tear on the Eyes

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 23, 2016

The eyes are body parts that can’t be accused of being slackers. Eighty percent of what sighted individuals know comes from the information that the eyes receive. In turn, the eyes require an enormous amount of energy. Since they are big energy consumers and have little reserve energy, that may be a reason why eyes […]

The Evolution of Optometry

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 9, 2016

It’s no secret that optometry has evolved over the years. What started as a profession that focused on vision care and dispensing eyeglasses, has developed into a profession that provided medical eye care and the relationship with ophthalmologists has expanded into more of a partnership as opposed to a technician/expert relationship. What lead to this […]

Dry Eye Isn’t So Cut and Dry

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 26, 2016

Patient: My eyes hurt after a long day at work. Doctor: You have dry eye. Take these eye drops and call me in the morning. Yes, the above vignette is an exaggeration. Still, you need to be more of a detective when it comes to dry eye. You might ask patients the following: 1. Do […]

Is Buying a Practice the Right Thing for You?

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 11, 2016

We hear it all the time. There’s no such thing as 9 to 5 anymore. If you want job security you have to be your own boss. So, many optometrists decide to establish or buy an existing practice. While the independence of having your own practice seems appealing, is it the right thing for you, […]

Advances in Amblyopia and Myopia Treatment

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 30, 2015

Pediatric optometry is more than just kid sized phoropters and having a supply of stickers and lollipops. Just as there are advances the treatment of adult vision conditions, pediatric conditions have seen their share of advances. In particular, research on treatments for children with either amblyopia or myopia has shown promising results. Amblyopia For years, […]

Climate Change and Eye Health

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 22, 2015

It seems like every time there is a heat wave or a major snowstorm, climate change is blamed for the weather event. Still, when it comes to climate change, it isn’t just extremes in weather that have people worried. Eyes can be affected by climate change, especially since the cornea, eyelid, sclera and the lens […]

Eye Care Resources

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on December 15, 2015

    Many people do not seek out eye care because they are not able to afford it. Over the past four years, the national uninsured rate has gone down approximately five percent. Even so, there are people who do not get routine eye exams or other eye procedures because of the costs involved. In […]

Patient Education – Survey Results!

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on October 23, 2015

    Earlier this month, I reached out to our contacts and asked a series of questions concerning how they handle patient education.  Some things I wanted to know were:  how much time is spent educating each patient on average, what means are most commonly used to communicate information to the patient, and how confident are care […]

Cosmetic Contacts are Spooky!

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on October 14, 2015

    It happens every year around Halloween. People buy non prescription contact lenses at a variety store or costume shop to add a little extra to their outfit. A few days later, they end up in the eye doctor’s office with an infection, injury, or damaged vision!     One type of non prescription […]