Take a walk through a busy eye clinic. You will see technicians moving rapidly from one highly technical task to the next. In order to comply with increasingly stringent federal requirements and regulations, technicians are required to take on greater responsibilities requiring larger skill sets than ever before.
Ever thought about conducting a practice-wide communication audit? Before you begin, it is important that everyone understand that this means taking a hard look at communication failures. The process can begin with documenting patient complaints.
Malignant eyelid tumors can lead to significant ocular and visual morbidity. They present in varied histologic types. An understanding of the clinical features of common malignant eyelid tumors can be helpful in earlier diagnosis and could lead to less ocular morbidity.
When a patient experiencing an ocular emergency walks through the door, it is vital that every member of the team knows what to do in order to save the patient’s sight—and in some cases, his life. (Editor's note: This article contains some graphic images of ocular trauma that may be disturbing to some readers.)
There is a very common misconception that abounds in most clinics regarding safety and who is responsible for clinic/patient safety. Staff often feels that clinic safety is a management problem—not their concern.
The pediatric eye exam differs greatly from the adult eye exam—children are more than just tiny adults. To further that point, the whole dynamic of the exam is different because you are really interviewing and interacting with the family and not just the patient. In the pediatric arena, the family becomes your patient.
In the aging eye, accommodation decreases; the crystalline lens yellows, hardens, and eventually opacifies; and systemic diseases such as arthritis, thyroid disease, cancer, diabetes, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure take their toll on the eye. In addition, cognitive and functional limitations affect the aged.