Ernie Bowling

Following Occam’s razor in optometryI believe that the future of optometry, with all its hitches, challenges, and opportunities, is best met head-on if we all communicate effectively with one another.
Hail and farewellThe older I become, it seems the faster time flies. Five years ago, I was asked by someone I greatly respect and admire to become chief optometric editor of this publication. Now, five years later, the time has flown by in a blur, and I am moving on.
The changing dry eye dynamicTo understand how far we have come, you must remember where we started.
Separate emotion when addressing conflict
Separate emotion when addressing conflictI've been witness of late to a lot of workplace conflict. It is my nature to avoid conflict. I'm certain it’s because I dealt with a lifetime of workplace conflict when I was a supervisor in the coal mines.
Perspective changes after my cataract surgery
Perspective changes after my cataract surgeryWe ODs have an inherent advantage our patients do not—we know what’s coming.
Does your practice have a hive mentality?You’ve probably heard the term “hive mentality” before. Many times its meaning does not carry a positive connotation.
Low-cost contact lens site looks to improve compliance, drive examsContact lens retail site Hubble launched last Tuesday, offering contact lens wearers daily disposable contact lenses at a lower price and planning to drive patients into OD offices for exams.
Could there be a dress code for ODs?
Could there be a dress code for ODs?Dress for success. We’ve heard this tired old cliché for years. Most offices have a written dress code for staff, but does that dress code also apply to the doctors?
Why I’m thankful for optometric conferencesI recently had the opportunity to do something I’d never done before: attend a conference that had absolutely nothing to do with optometry. Now some of you will ask, “Don’t you go to enough of those things as it is?”
Improper contact lens use linked to permanent eye damage