editorial- Optometry Times

Are optometrists really happy?A colleague recently forwarded an editorial from our sister publication, Ophthalmology Times. “Are medical students happy?” was penned by Chief Medical Editor Peter J. McDonnell, MD (his opinion pieces are worth an OD’s read, by the way), and he took issue with an Los Angeles Times op-ed piece from Rich Joseph, a dual MD/MBA candidate at Stanford.
Oral antibiotics not effective in MGD?Anyone who treats ocular surface disease (OSD) recognizes the important role oral antibiotics play in therapy, especially in patients with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Yet the existing evidence is insufficient to conclude the effectiveness of oral antibiotic therapy, according to a report published in Ophthalmology.
Help, I've been robbed!One Sunday evening after a trip to Chicago, we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant we’d frequented at least a dozen times. After a quick meal, returning to the parking lot I found my truck to be the subject of what the very polite Atlanta policeman later described as a classic “smash and grab.”
American Academy of Optometry: Truly about fellowshipI made my annual pilgrimage to the American Academy of Optometry meeting, this year in the beautiful crescent city. New Orleans is one of my favorite venues, as my waistline can attest.
Sen. Schumer: Focus on something really importantWhile I’m sure Sen. Schumer is fully conversant on all topics relating to eyewear as evidenced by his outstanding frame selection, those of us practicing in the real world fully recognize that our patients have a wide variety of choices when selecting eyewear, from our own opticals to those of local competitors and online vendors.
Why Blink and Opternative are a disaster waiting to happenI think we’ll all agree technology is great and wonderful. We wouldn't be where we are as a profession without technological advances and the vast improvements these technologies provide in caring for our patients. Yet as with any new technology, sometimes it is difficult to discern its boundaries.
The power of andMany of our patients have become accustomed to the usual and customary. Most patients know what to expect when they arrive for their annual eye exam. It’s time we think about upping our game with the use of “and.”
The doctor becomes the patientDuring the course of caring for patients day after day, I think we become desensitized to the discomfort we inflict on our patients during the course of an eye exam. I recognize that everyone has their own fears and phobias regarding doctor's visits.
Optometry’s future is in good handsThe future of our profession is in the hands of these young optometrists. They are going to stand on—and expand upon—the hard-fought gains by the generations of ODs who came before them.
OMD resident attacks ODs in blog—ODs respond