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Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO
Clinical director of Omni Center for Dry Eye Specialty Care in New York City
Cataract surgery for patients with PXF
Mom has pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PXF) clinically visible in both eyes. She experiences pops of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in one eye and uses glaucoma medications.
The role of lid hygiene in ocular surface disease
The role of lid hygiene in ocular surface disease
The ocular surface encompasses not only the cornea, but the all-important supporting conjunctiva that is divided into the bulbar, limbal, palpebral, forneaceal, and marginal zones.
Complementary and alternative medicine help dry eye patients
Complementary and alternative medicine help dry eye patients
With the exponential increase of interest in dry eye or ocular surface disease (OSD) among physicians and the industry, we are fortunate to have access to exciting new diagnostic and imaging technology as well as new treatment options and therapeutics for some of our most frustrated patients.
Antibiotic resistance in the eyecare practice
From superbugs to MRSA, cautious antibiotic use can help
What is the coffee ring effect?
I was once characterized as an “information parasite” by a colleague. I must admit that I do troll the Internet, particularly Pub Med, for new, intriguing information especially when its related to one of my two favorite ocular phenomenon that are pseudoexfoliation syndrome and the lid margin.
Dr. Kathy Mastrota explains antibiotic resistance
Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO explains the mechanism of antibiotic resistance and its importance to eyecare practitioners.
How bacteria load creates a biofilm
First acquired during birth from the mother and rapidly thereafter from the surrounding environment, bacteria colonize our conjunctiva and lacrimal systems. It is estimated that more than 200 species of bacteria commonly inhabit the human conjunctival mucosa.
Why you’re missing the dry eye right in front of you
Why you’re missing the dry eye right in front of you
A common barrier to many practitioners is the concern that their practice does not have the patient foundation to make investment in the services economically profitable. I assure you that OSD management will profit the patient in many ways that includes clearer, more comfortable vision, enhancing their productivity and overall wellbeing.
The connection between dry eye and eyelashes
While there are a myriad of associated concerns due to ocular surface inflammation, a few eyelash-related complications of note are trichiasis, acquired distachiasis, local madarosis, and poliosis. Each of these is in some way connected to dry eye.