Leslie E O’Dell, OD, FAAO
Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO, is the director of the Dry Eye Treatment Center at May Eye Care Center in Hanover, PA. Dr. O’Dell lectures throughout the east coast and internationally on dry eye related topics. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and University of Delaware and served her residency at the Baltimore VA Hospital. Dr. O’Dell serves on the Medical Advisory Board for ForSight Vision and the Optometric Advisory Board for Paragon BioTeck.
Earth Day gives ODs a chance to promote green patient habits
6 challenges when changing from a group to private practice
6 challenges when changing from a group to private practice
A little over 18 months ago, I decided to follow my passion and take a leap of faith changing my career. I went from a bustling MD/OD group practice to a private group OD practice and launched the Dry Eye Center of Pennsylvania (PA).
Combating dry eye with punctal plugs
Recently, much discussion has taken place within the dry eye community regarding the role of punctal plugs in the treatment of dry eye.
What if you examined Santa Claus?
What if you examined Santa Claus?
T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the towns, not an optometrist was stirring—not even an online retailer promising glasses at low cost.
The power of the celebrity spokesperson
The power of the celebrity spokesperson
In the past when you thought of Jennifer Aniston, the girl-next-door character Rachel from Friends would come to mind.
Uncover patient lifestyle habits that lead to OSD
Uncover patient lifestyle habits that lead to OSD
A day in the life of a female patient provides clues that can help
Understanding and defining MGD
The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society’s Meibomian Gland Workshop was tasked to sort through the literature to determine proper terminology of conditions affecting the lid margin. Review the terminology, gland anatomy, gland expression classifications, and treatment strategies.
Going blind while using your smartphone
With news sites like NPR and The Washington Post reporting about transient smartphone blindess, be ready for questions from your patients. It is natural to laugh at this random new diagnosis for a term we want to call night blindness, but take if from me—experiencing it firsthand can be alarming. Consider asking patients presenting with monocular transient vision loss about their smartphone use and add it to your list of differentials.
What ODs can learn from veterans this Memorial Day
We think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer, but more importantly, it is a day dedicated to remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.
How you can go green in the optometry practice
How you can go green in the optometry practice
A U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, founded Earth Day in 1970, and it has been celebrated annually since that time on April 22. In 1990, his efforts were revamped to include recycling efforts. This got me thinking—how am I addressing this in my office now, and what can I do better?

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