ODT blog

Dry eye checklist may help ODs treat patients more efficiently
Dry eye checklist may help ODs treat patients more efficientlyScott Schachter, OD, discusses dry eye and how incorporating a dry eye checklist may help improve patient treatment.
Death of the pressure patch has been slightly exaggerated
Death of the pressure patch has been slightly exaggeratedBest practice guidelines are just that—guidelines. They’re not religious dogma designed to herd everyone into the same line. We are rightly moving toward more evidence-based medicine, such as increased use of bandage lenses and less pressure patching in the management of corneal abrasions and erosions.
ODs top 4 gripes about vision care plans: Part 2In an attempt to bring clarity to the landscape around vision plans, I have put together this five-part blog series. In Part 1, I outlined four big topic areas where optometrists seem to have the most complaints with vison plans.
6 tips to navigating the insurance game
6 tips to navigating the insurance gameOne of the most frustrating and seemingly futile battles of starting your practice from scratch is getting the medical insurance game figured out.
Why aren’t ODs referring to each other?Know those optometric colleagues locally who have invested both time and money into the technologies and educated themselves on contemporary care algorithms.
Overcoming our fear of change
Overcoming our fear of changePerhaps underlying surface fears is a basic fear of change. We humans are creatures of habit, and habits are hard to break. It takes nerves of steel to open a practice cold in today’s environment, yet several of my former students have done precisely that and are doing extremely well. So, it can be done, but I am quite sure they had their moments of fear.
Real-life office policies for ODs
Real-life office policies for ODsI thought I would create office policies to control my office life because the patients will follow my long list of rules just like my children listen to rules at home. Feel free to use it at your office.
5 ways media coverage can benefit your practiceSocial media is a great way to drive engagement from patients and word-of-mouth referrals. The same is true of the more conventional sources of media—local news, etc. The more you showcase your practice and skillset to your surrounding community, the more exposure your practice receives and the potential for new patients rises. This also helps to build you up as an expert in a specific area of eye care. 
Diet review: Picking the best diet for your patients
Diet review: Picking the best diet for your patientsHaving a family with medical issues, primarily gastrointestinal issues, combined with the difficulty that comes with timely diagnosis, has taught me quite a bit about diets. We have tried many diets in an effort to calm stomach pains as well as reduce inflammation and certainly found truth in the adage, “You are what you eat.”
Using the extra eyes within your exam room
Using the extra eyes within your exam roomI don’t have periscope eyes, so I can’t peek around blind corners. Plus, my neck is stiff after years of hunching over a slit lamp. As a result, I can’t turn my head as well to get a good look around.