Michael Brown, OD, MHS-CL, FAAO
Dr. Brown has practiced medical optometry in a comanagement center and with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Huntsville, AL, for over 25 years. An adjunct associate professor with UAB, his publications and presentations have focused on the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. He has a special interest in complex corneal and anterior segment cases. In 2017, he completed a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership degree from Duke University School of Medicine.
A tale of two state boards
A tale of two state boards
Every summer I think about the most recent brigade of freshly minted ODs who have survived four years of optometric boot camp and a challenging gauntlet of National Board Exams. I picture students charging forth across the “no-man’s land” of changing healthcare landscape, lugging their backpacks full of six-figure student debt. My “tale of two state boards” is dedicated to these young comrades in arms.
Death of the pressure patch has been slightly exaggerated
Death of the pressure patch has been slightly exaggerated
Best practice guidelines are just that—guidelines. They’re not religious dogma designed to herd everyone into the same line. We are rightly moving toward more evidence-based medicine, such as increased use of bandage lenses and less pressure patching in the management of corneal abrasions and erosions.
Using the extra eyes within your exam room
Using the extra eyes within your exam room
I don’t have periscope eyes, so I can’t peek around blind corners. Plus, my neck is stiff after years of hunching over a slit lamp. As a result, I can’t turn my head as well to get a good look around.
It’s not easy seeing green
It’s not easy seeing green
The great philosopher Kermit the Frog once said, “It’s not easy being green.” Not only that, I thought at the time— it’s not easy seeing green either!
UWF: ultra-widefield imaging or ultra-widefield fighting?
Can we talk a few minutes about ultra-widefield imaging (UWF) without another kind of UWF (ultra-widespread fighting) breaking out?
Riding out conjunctivitis like a bad storm
Among the thoughts I’ve had since the Super Outbreak of tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011, is this: if there’s not already an ICD-10 code for “Tornado-induced viral conjunctivitis, bilateral, initial encounter,” there probably should be.
Reliving the joy of your first corneal foreign body
Reliving the joy of your first corneal foreign body
The euphoria that comes with removing a corneal foreign body never fades. With a nod to Foreigner, whenever I pluck a painful piece of metal from a patient’s eye, “it feels like the first time” every time.
Hollow victory: Why our glaucoma victory felt meaningless
Hollow victory: Why our glaucoma victory felt meaningless
It’s an oft-repeated mantra among those of us who treat glaucoma: The goal of glaucoma therapy is to maintain adequate functional vision until the patient dies. Like a lot of mantras, we spout it almost glibly.
The challenges of treating a loved one
But my wife was referring to the vitreous in her right eye which started detaching a few days prior, threatening to unravel both her retina and our long-laid trip plans.
ICD-10: Not quite the end of days
I couldn’t help but think about that turn-of-the-21st century vignette during the recent run-up to the October 1st implementation of ICD-10. I hereby boldly predict that by the time this column is published, the large majority of us will still be alive and in business.

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