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.
Since 2013, one by one, the four major contact lens manufacturers (Johnson & Johnson, Alcon, Bausch + Lomb, and CooperVision) have enacted pricing policies that seek to limit what contact lens discounters can charge for certain products.
Much has been made of the proliferation of new optometry schools. It seems every week there is a news release announcing yet another institution of higher learning studying the possibility of opening an optometry school, most recently in Arkansas.
I recently finished reading Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician by Sandeep Jauhar, MD. In general, the book is a scathing criticism of our healthcare system, told in an honest and quite open manner. Reading early on, I found myself substituting the word “optometry” for “medicine” and found there were a lot of messages we ODs could gleam from his missive.
The advent of spring yields the annual pilgrimage of patients into our offices complaining of the itchy, watery eyes of allergy. As any eyecare practitioner can attest, ocular allergy is one of the most common presentations to an eyecare practice.
I recently attended one of our Optometry Times webinars, “Increasing your successful multifocal fits,” presented by our Editorial Advisory Board member David Geffen, OD, FAAO. David is one of the sharpest ODs I know, and his mastery of the subject matter was evident. I consider myself to be up to speed on this topic and was amazed at what I didn’t know!
The annual American Academy of Optometry meeting is always a highlight of my year. It is an opportunity to renew old friendships, make new ones, catch up on the latest professional developments, and of course, get those always-elusive continuing education credits.
Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Georgia Optometric Association’s annual fall meeting in Athens, GA. It is a pilgrimage I try to make each year to renew old acquaintances as well as get those required continuing education hours all ODs work for to keep our license current.
I recently had the opportunity to present at the Energeyes Association regional meeting in Atlanta. Energeyes, the association of corporate-affiliated optometrists, has been in existence for a year now. I was impressed at the energy in the room: everyone was very friendly, and the camaraderie was palpable.