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Ernie Bowling, OD, MS, FAAO
Dr. Ernie Bowling is Chief Optometric Editor of Optometry Times. He received his Doctor of Optometry and Master of Science in Physiological Optics degrees from the UAB School of Optometry. Dr. Bowling is a Diplomate in the Primary Care Section of the American Academy of Optometry. He practices in Gadsden, AL.
Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) to optometry
At a recent meeting I attended one of the discussions included a quick and brief outline of what is termed SWOT. SWOT stands for Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. The idea here is that a scan of the internal and external environment is an important part of a strategic planning process for any business.
How point-of-care diagnostic lab tests help clinical decisions
Point-of-care (POC) diagnostic laboratory testing is not common in eye care. This is not due to any lack of clinical need—it is rather the result of a lack of specific tests known to demonstrate diagnostic and/or treatment relevance to the optometrist and a general resistance to adopting new diagnostic technologies.
Farewell to Dr. Larry Alexander, my optometric hero
I know that I am hurtling toward eternity each passing day, but I don't dwell on it. Life gets in the way, you know? Yet nothing makes you face you own mortality than the death of someone close.
Clinical laboratory testing in optometry: Next frontier
In this issue you'll find an article on clinical laboratory testing for optometry. It is my new passion. It’s something I do in my office on a daily basis, and I find it really helps me in my clinical decision-making.
How to decide when to drop a crappy plan
In his email, Mike tackles the ongoing question in all of eye care: should I accept (or drop or keep taking) That Crappy Insurance (TCI)? Anyone in optometric practice knows exactly which ones they are.
Are optometrists really happy?
A colleague recently forwarded an editorial from our sister publication, Ophthalmology Times. “Are medical students happy?” was penned by Chief Medical Editor Peter J. McDonnell, MD (his opinion pieces are worth an OD’s read, by the way), and he took issue with an Los Angeles Times op-ed piece from Rich Joseph, a dual MD/MBA candidate at Stanford.
Oral antibiotics not effective in MGD?
Anyone who treats ocular surface disease (OSD) recognizes the important role oral antibiotics play in therapy, especially in patients with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). Yet the existing evidence is insufficient to conclude the effectiveness of oral antibiotic therapy, according to a report published in Ophthalmology.
Help, I've been robbed!
One Sunday evening after a trip to Chicago, we had dinner at a Mexican restaurant we’d frequented at least a dozen times. After a quick meal, returning to the parking lot I found my truck to be the subject of what the very polite Atlanta policeman later described as a classic “smash and grab.”
Affording OCT in your practice
There is no shortage of new diagnostic technology at optometry’s disposal. It seems every month a new device is available to enhance our practice and patient care. And with each new device, we will have to ask the same questions: Will it pay for itself? How much does it cost? Can I afford it?
American Academy of Optometry: Truly about fellowship
I made my annual pilgrimage to the American Academy of Optometry meeting, this year in the beautiful crescent city. New Orleans is one of my favorite venues, as my waistline can attest.