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Alzheimer’s and Glaucoma—Are They Related?

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 29, 2020

No one wants to be sick. No one wants to get a disease, especially diseases like Alzheimer’s and glaucoma. Glaucoma robs a person of his or her sight. Alzheimer’s robs a person of his or her mind. Interestingly enough, people who have Alzheimer’s are more likely to have glaucoma. They are both diseases that affect […]

Smartphone Ophthalmoscopes Help to Keep an Eye on Patients

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 15, 2020

If you spent time with an optometrist or ophthalmologist who started working in the 1970s or earlier, how they worked back in the day seemed so primitive. No computers or smart devices. Optometrists couldn’t prescribe medicine. Treatment options for many vision conditions were limited or nonexistent. Diagnostic equipment took up an entire room. Thanks to […]

2020 Ocular Melanoma News

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 1, 2020

Ocular melanoma, known as uveal melanoma, is a rare form of cancer that affects five in one million people. Despite its name, it isn’t caused by exposure to the sun, the way skin cancer is and it represents five percent of the melanomas that are diagnosed each year. It causes vision loss, blindness and can […]

FECD–Rare, But Not Unknown

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 18, 2020

When it comes to eye diseases, your practice will handle patients who have glaucoma, cataracts or macular degeneration. Those are the big ones that most people worry about and do what they can to avoid or if they do get one of those eye conditions, preserve as much functional vision as possible. That isn’t to […]

The Eyes Have It & Research Proves It

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 4, 2020

The eye is a cool organ. Our eyes allow us to move about our world and make sense of all that we see. In fact, many in the medical and scientific community view the eye as the front of the brain. (No pun intended.) That leads to two questions: 1) If the eye lens sustained […]

Difficult Patients

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on July 21, 2020

Like it or not, you and your staff will have to deal with a patient who isn’t happy with the glasses or contacts he or she received from you or the patient makes difficult for you and your staff to do your job. Thankfully, there are different levels of difficulty that you and your staff […]

Digital Device Use in Children

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on July 7, 2020

I’d tell you that digital device use among children and teens is on the rise, but you only have to look at your waiting room to see that is the case. Still, I thought I would share some statistics with you: 41 percent of 8-12-year-olds have a smartphone 84 percent of 13-18-year-olds have a smartphone […]

There’s a Right Way and a Wrong Way to Use Social Media

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on June 23, 2020

It’s very easy to point the finger at teenagers these days. If they are not dressed oddly, then they are talking in slang or, the horror, posting inappropriate content on social media. Well, it isn’t just teenagers who are guilty of posting the wrong things on social media, adults can do that, as well. I’m […]

Vision Therapy: What It Is and Isn’t

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on June 9, 2020

According to the American Optometric Association (AOA), vision therapy is “… a sequence of neurosensory and neuromuscular activities individually prescribed and monitored by the doctor to develop, rehabilitate and enhance visual skills and processing.” This kind of therapy utilizes lenses, prisms and other specialized equipment to treat eye movement disorders, insufficient eye teaming such as […]

How to Keep Your Focus (Phoropter Not Needed)

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on May 19, 2020

Whether you are the practice owner, associate or just an employee, working in an eye care practice means that you will have a lot vying for your attention. It’s either patients, vendors, paperwork, phone calls, emails, other employees, etc. How in the world can you focus on what needs to be done when you are […]