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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.
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.
ICD-10 diaries: The first days of implementation
As the ICD-10 implementation deadline approached, we asked several practitioners to document their experience leading up to and the days after implementation.
Sen. Schumer: Focus on something really important
While I’m sure Sen. Schumer is fully conversant on all topics relating to eyewear as evidenced by his outstanding frame selection, those of us practicing in the real world fully recognize that our patients have a wide variety of choices when selecting eyewear, from our own opticals to those of local competitors and online vendors.
Why Blink and Opternative are a disaster waiting to happen
I think we’ll all agree technology is great and wonderful. We wouldn't be where we are as a profession without technological advances and the vast improvements these technologies provide in caring for our patients. Yet as with any new technology, sometimes it is difficult to discern its boundaries.
The power of and
Many of our patients have become accustomed to the usual and customary. Most patients know what to expect when they arrive for their annual eye exam. It’s time we think about upping our game with the use of “and.”
The doctor becomes the patient
During the course of caring for patients day after day, I think we become desensitized to the discomfort we inflict on our patients during the course of an eye exam. I recognize that everyone has their own fears and phobias regarding doctor's visits.