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New eye drop assistant helps drive complianceAs ODs, we are fully aware of the challenge patient compliance with prescribed eye drops. To assuage the battle of compliance, eye drop manufacturers are assiduously working to devise drug delivery systems that reduce or eliminate patients’ engagement in the instillation of their prescribed therapy. But until ODs no longer use eye drops, drops remain our primary mode of drug delivery.
Women, leadership, and optometryOver the past several decades, the profession of optometry has experienced a gender shift, which research shows is expected to continue. The most recent industry report estimates the female-to-male ratio among practicing optometrists is projected to grow to 52 percent female and 48 percent male by 20221—an increase from 2 percent female and 98 percent male in the 1960s.
When diabetes goes from bad to worseA 30-year-old female with a 16-year history of insulin-dependent diabetes and no other ocular or systemic conditions developed proliferative retinopathy in March 2015. She had not been closely followed for the previous five years.
Unvaccinated adult travelers pose measles riskAdults who don’t know they need or refuse measles vaccinations before international travel introduce more than half of new U.S. measles cases.
MIT researchers develop one-shot vaccine seriesImagine if you could administer an entire vaccine series in just one shot. That technology might be on the horizon, thanks to researchers at MIT.
Glasses and contact lenses: Have they become a commodity?Sell the best thing you have going for you—you.
Considering myopia controlWhy are we seeing higher incidence of myopia, higher degrees of myopia, and earlier age of diagnosis? Research into the answers to these questions has come up with a variety of influences, but because the changes have been observed over such a short time (25 to 30 years) genetics cannot be the only factor.
The changing dry eye dynamicTo understand how far we have come, you must remember where we started.
One size does not fit all in value-based reimbursementFor small or independent practices to thrive in this healthcare environment, a "big picture" view of value-based reimbursement really helps.
8 strategies to survive value-based reimbursementAlthough some healthcare professionals may not welcome value-based reimbursement with open arms, they may to learn to love it later.