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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.
Patients say the darndest things
I'm sure all of us have had days like this, or months like this, or even years like this, what I like to call, “Patients say the darndest things." See if any of these encounters sound familiar.
Energeyes meets a need in the optometric profession
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.
Why peroxide is still a good choice for lens care
Why peroxide is still a good choice for lens care
Go down the eye care aisle at your local pharmacy or big box retailer and take a look at the contact lens care solutions. The choices can seem quite daunting to patients who have been given no recommendations before heading to the store.
Is an optometric education cost-effective?
Is an optometric education cost-effective?
High-paying careers all require an education, many beyond an undergraduate degree. Yet optometry faces challenges that have the potential to further erode income.
Dr. Bowling: Snake oil scam claims to restore vision
If talk of online eye exams has gotten the optometric profession’s dander up, then what I’m about to share with you will send an OD’s blood pressure into the stratosphere.
Examining the symptoms, causes, and treatments of contact lens discomfort
Every optometrist who fits contact lenses knows what a problem many patients have with contact lens discomfort. It is likewise a significant clinical challenge.
Are there too many optometrists?
I’m certain by now we’ve all heard a lot about the recent AOA manpower study from the Lewin group. What the study was not designed to do—and so did not answer—was the burning question we all have: are there too many optometrists?
Intravitreal injections by optometrists?
Our profession has had to fight for the privilege of caring for our patients with ocular disease. With optometry as a legislated profession, these battles have occurred in every state and, as a result, optometric practice acts vary widely. Ophthalmology does not have to endure such travails. Ophthalmologists can do pretty much whatever is in their purview, as is their right.
Nonpharmacologic care for ocular allergies
Allergic diseases have greatly increased in industrialized countries. About 30 percent of people suffer from allergic symptoms, and from 40 to 80 percent of these have ocular symptoms.1 We all prescribe topical medicines for our patients with ocular allergies; their use has become almost second nature. These medications do a truly remarkable job of helping our patients who suffer from seasonal or perennial ocular allergies. I like to temper these pharmacologic recommendations with some common sense ideas that will complement the pharmacological treatment and greatly alleviate the patient’s symptomatology.
The optometric manpower study
The profession has long awaited the release of the Eye Care Workforce Study. The project was jointly commissioned by the American Optometric Association (AOA) and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and was conducted by the Lewin Group. The date of the study is listed on the Executive Summary as April 25, 2014, and the results were made public June 10. Congratulations to the AOA and ASCO for commissioning the study. The last one by Abt was in 1999, so this was quite timely and in fact long overdue.