Simplifying the corneal alphabet soup
Simplifying the corneal alphabet soupWhen it comes to acronyms, there is no ophthalmic sub-specialty that compares to corneal surgical procedures. For example, let’s take a look at corneal transplants and therapeutic surface treatments. Among KLAL, DALK, PLK, LK, DLEK, DSEK, DSAEK, DMEK, and DMAEK, there is no wonder why there is so much confusion.
5 pearls for comanaging premium IOL patientsDuring the American Academy of Optometry's Academy 2014, Josh Johnston, OD, clinical director, Georgia Eye Partners, Atlanta, presented five pearls for successfully comanaging premium intraocular lens (IOL) patients.
Vision therapy: Questions to askGlen Steele, OD, FAAO, recently gave a presentation at the American Academy of Optometry's Academy 2014 in Denver, CO, on the questions to ask and tests to conduct when considering vision therapy for a patient.
Sagging lids and conjunctiva are an OD’s responsibilityI recently read that the restaurant in Tampa, which licenses the name Hogan’s Beach from the professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, is under fire for its controversial dress code. One area of concern for us optometrist is the fourth item on this controversial dress code: “No excessively baggy attire.” You may be questioning how this is germane to comanagement or, frankly, what this has to do with the doctoring of the eyes.
The refractive surgery future for cataract patientsCataract surgery demand is set to grow as an increasing amount of baby boomers retire and enter old age, but the eyecare profession is not ready for the coming demand, says Dr. David Geffen, OD, FAAO.
Managing the non-surgical aspect of comanagementThe lines between a surgical management and non-surgical management are more defined in states where surgery is performed by only ophthalmologists. However, the non-surgical management of our patients can be a little blurred and subject to your own personal acumen.
Choosing not to comanage PVDSince the baby boomers have boomed, the syneresis process seems to be moving as fast as the polar ice cap is melting. I understand the sudden appearance of a large dark object is worrisome and needs to be managed in our offices. Yet, can we overdo it? What is really the most appropriate time frame to get these patients in for a look and when should they be seen again?
Effectively comanaging femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgeryThe use of a femtosecond laser during cataract surgery is now an option for your patients, and you need to be comfortable answering patient questions and co-managing this procedure.
Comanaging with confidenceThe end game of any comanagement arrangement is providing patients with the best possible care they can receive. This seemingly obvious conclusion is sometimes clouded by the perception that optometry and ophthalmology are not working in tandem, and patients may be left confused and unsure about what is the best option for their ophthalmic care.
Of itching and watering and other thingsThis issue is our annual allergy issue. I’ve often joked that in the spring, a young man’s thoughts turns to love, while an old optometrist’s thoughts turns to ocular allergy. Treating our patients who present with seasonal allergic conjunctivitis is a large part of a primary-care optometric practice, especially this time of year.