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Katherine M. Mastrota, MS, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
Director of Optometry, New York Hotel Trades Council, Hotel Association of New York City, Health Center, Inc.
10 simple ways to keep patients happy
A basic goal of any eyecare practice is to keep patients coming back. One way to encourage patients to return is to keep them happy and comfortable while they’re in your office.
7 tips for leaving a patient alone in the exam room
When you leave a patient alone in a room, she is left to her own devices and is free to wreak havoc in your exam room if she so desires. Or look in places not meant for patients. You want your patient to be as comfortable as possible—but you want your exam room to remain intact.
Why keratometry is important
Why keratometry is important
Keratometry (K) is the measurement of the corneal curvature; corneal curvature determines the power of the cornea. Differences in power across the cornea (opposite meridians) results in astigmatism; therefore, keratometry measures astigmatism. It can be acquired with a variety of instruments either manually or via automated methods.
Blepharitis diagnosis may lead to formication
Formication, a sensation that resembles that of insects crawling on or under the skin, is a specific form of the general set of abnormal skin sensations known as paresthesias (prickling, tingling sensation of "pins and needles") and tactile hallucinations; it is a well-documented symptom that has numerous possible causes.
Taking a proactive approach to ocular surface conditions
I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend a day with a group of colleagues who have focused their professional careers on the study of the ocular surface. Sponsored by Alcon, the advisory group spent many hours discussing future goals to enhance patients' quality of life by cultivating clear, comfortable vision with or without contact lenses.
My mother, cataracts, and spectacles
"Katherine, I can't see.” Yes, yes—it was my mother calling.
Chronic ocular diseases and patient psyche
Recently, Dr. Klein asked me to examine one of his long-term rigid gas permeable (RGP) lens-wearing patients. For 2 months, her RGPs became heavily coated after application. Of course, her vision was compromised with debris build-up on her lenses, and her eyes irritated as she cleaned and re-applied the lenses multiple times a day.
Amniotic membrane in ocular surface disease
The innate properties of amniotic membrane make it ideal for wound healing/tissue regeneration and in eye care, the management of corneal and conjunctiva disease/reconstruction.
We’re all in this together
As you perhaps have gathered by now, I really enjoy being an optometrist and would wager you do, too. One of the things I cherish about our profession is our collegiality.