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Curing Inherited Blindness Genetically

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 11, 2020

Let’s say you bought a new car and you discovered that it is defective. Instead of going back to the dealer, there was a way to fix the defect in the car while you were using it. That’s right, you could be driving around town while under the hood, things are being fixed by the […]

Visibly (Formerly Opternative) No Longer Offering Online Vision Tests

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 28, 2020

The online vision screening site Visibly, (formerly Opternative) was removed from service in August 2019. Since 2016, the American Optometric Association (AOA) has been lobbying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that the site’s online vision test did not have a premarket review from agency, nor did it receive approval for safety or efficacy. The […]

Dry AMD News

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 14, 2020

It is a given that everyone wants to be able to see. If a person’s vision isn’t the best, eyeglasses, or contacts lenses can improve vision. If cataracts or glaucoma are present, surgery can ameliorate the situation. Unfortunately, there are vision diseases that lenses or surgery can’t correct and one of them is Dry Age-Related […]

Beyond Refraction, Frames and Contacts

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 31, 2019

When an eye doctor graduates from school most likely he or she will work in a practice that offers primary vision care which includes refraction and dispensing of frames and contact lenses. Still, vision care is more than just having someone behind a phoropter. So, many eye doctors are forgoing the optical dispensary and focusing […]

Myopia May Not Last A Lifetime

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 17, 2019

This just in—millions of children have myopia! Okay you already knew that fact, especially since a portion of those millions come into your practice. Of course, myopia unlike a lot of medical conditions has a simple solution, namely corrective lenses. As great as eyeglasses and contact lenses are in achieving near perfect vision, what if […]

How to Reward Staff

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 3, 2019

I’ve worked in large organizations and I was rewarded on two separate occasions for my birthday. One was at a large hospital system, where I received a voucher for a free meal in the cafeteria and the other was at a college where I received a card and gift card from the college president. Granted […]

Smart Glasses

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 19, 2019

Bifocals are great, they’ve been around for over 200 years and they help persons with presbyopia read books and newspapers. Yet there have been developments, such as the automobile and the computer, that have occurred over the course of these 200 years that make bifocals cumbersome. You have to adjust your head to read a […]

To Be or Not to Be a Practice Owner

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 5, 2019

It seems like independent eye doctors had it made back in the 1960s, 1970s or 1980s. The way the older doctors talk, it sounds like all they had to do was graduate from medical school, hang out a shingle and the patients would stream in. Not so fast. While the business and clinical parts make […]

Color and Health

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 22, 2019

“So and So is the picture of health.” “So and So has a sickly pallor.” This is the 21st century and with all the advances that have taken place in medicine, we still associate certain colors with health or the lack thereof. This is especially true when seeing someone’s face. Aren’t these things as arbitrary […]

Sunday Scaries

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 8, 2019

Working in or owning an optometric practice can be great. There’s the health and science side which is always evolving and appeals to the learner part of you and there’s the business side that appeals to the creator/builder part of you. Of course, the ever-evolving part of health and science means that you have to […]