editorial- Optometry Times

ODs must teach patients about proper nutritionIf the poor and disenfranchised cannot receive accurate health information from their doctors or the news media, whom can they trust? The percentage of Americans meeting average micronutrient-rich plant food consumption (vegetables and fruit) in the U.S., remains appallingly inadequate at 15 to 20 percent. It is worse for the poor.
What’s the value of eye care?At that moment, I thought: What is eye care worth? I know we all have to make financial choices everyday, and we prioritize where we’ll spend our hard-earned dollars.
A full house at the AAOThe annual American Academy of Optometry meeting is always a highlight of my year. It is an opportunity to renew old friendships, make new ones, catch up on the latest professional developments, and of course, get those always-elusive continuing education credits.
How to get samples for your patientsIn the third installment of the Schachter Factor, Dr. Scott Schachter explains how to get samples for your patients from pharmaceutical reps and how to use them wisely.
Vision rehabilitation community comes togetherImagine a meeting in which most of the great minds in your desired area of the profession of optometry come together to share their knowledge to build the greater worldwide profession. For me and the 300-plus attendees of the International Congress of Behavioural Optometry (ICBO), it is a dream come true.
COPE makes CE easyRecently, I had the opportunity to attend the Georgia Optometric Association’s annual fall meeting in Athens, GA. It is a pilgrimage I try to make each year to renew old acquaintances as well as get those required continuing education hours all ODs work for to keep our license current.
Academy 2014: Top Denver restaurantsDenver—Before we head out to Denver for the American Academy of Optometry 2014 meeting, we asked our friends at Denver.com for some recommendations for the best spots to eat near the Colorado Convention Center. Writers Courtney Gibb and John Helkenn hand picked a list for Optometry Times with a little something for everybody that has us hungry already.
Q&A: Devin SasserI grew up in a small town called Mesquite, TX, right on the edge of Dallas, a small suburb. Texas weather is very temperamental (no pun intended), so there are days when it’s really cool. Real cool to me is about 50°F. [Laughs] Oh man, it’s cold outside, and then the next day it’s 80°F. I’m used to living in that range. And St. Louis, we have a winter here…but something about last year’s. It never went away.
Patients say the darndest thingsI'm sure all of us have had days like this, or months like this, or even years like this, what I like to call, “Patients say the darndest things." See if any of these encounters sound familiar.
The vision care plan industry’s vertical monopolyThere is no question that certain vision care plans have dominated the eyecare market for the last two decades. Nearly 100 million Americans are covered by just two of these plans. As they have become dominant and integrated into new lines of business, they increasingly are coercing optometrists, ophthalmologists, independent laboratories, and consumers—the result higher, prices less choice, and reduced competition.