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Benjamin P. Casella, OD, FAAO
Dr. Casella, a 2007 graduate of University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, practices in Augusta, GA, with his father in his grandfather's practice.
Dental and Optometric Care Access Act gains traction
As the DOC Care Access Act, which has the backing of the American Optometric Association and the American Dental Association, continues to gain traction, the conversation will likely become more vocal on all sides.
Following Occam’s razor in optometry
I 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.
The dangers of starting and stopping glaucoma treatment
The notion of patients not coming in as advised for eye examinations can be troubling. For example, when a patient has an eye disease as potentially significant as glaucoma and chooses to ignore its presence, there is cause for concern on the part of the doctor.
Risks of falls in glaucoma patients
Taking note of a patient’s behavior can provide a multitude of clues on the patient’s current condition. Perhaps the most apparent observational feature would be a patient’s gait.
New concepts in diagnosis and treatment
In the past decade, several significant advancements have been made in the arena of glaucoma diagnosis. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT), newer algorithms in trend analysis of visual field studies, and combined visually evoked potential (VEP) and pattern electroretinography (ERG) studies have been the hallmarks of such recent advancements.
Helping patients better understand glaucoma
When I was a resident at the SUNY College of Optometry, I was asked a to conduct a few patient question and answer sessions regarding glaucoma. The sessions consisted of me sitting with a small group of patients, family members, or whoever wanted to know more about glaucoma.
Using medications in pregnant glaucoma patients
Most of the medications, both new and old, we prescribe for glaucoma are quite safe—especially if we educate our patients to occlude their puncta.
How oral and dental hygiene plays a role in glaucoma
In the past couple of years, there has been discussion regarding dental and oral health—specifically the oral biomicrome—as possibly having a relationship to glaucoma.
Effects of concurrent use of topical, oral beta blockers
Recently, I received a progress note from a glaucoma surgeon concerning a patient whom he and I share. The patient is a 58-year-old African-American female with a longstanding history of primary open-angle glaucoma.
Standards of care in treating glaucoma
As technology and glaucoma care evolves, so must our treatment guidelines