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Colleen E. McCarthy
Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in journalism.
How high-cost medications affect patients
The skyrocketing price of prescription medications has been a huge topic from the presidential campaign trail to social media, thanks in part to former Turing Pharmaceutical CEO and real-life villain Martin Shkreli. Shkreli made headlines in late 2015 when he jacked up the price of Daraprim (pyrimethamine), used to treat toxoplasmosis and malaria, to $750 per pill from $13.50.
5 financial challenges ODs will face in 2016
5 financial challenges ODs will face in 2016
Each year brings its own challenges, and 2016 will be no different.
The craziest optometry stories of 2015
The craziest optometry stories of 2015
We’ve already shared our most-read stories for the year, but now it’s our turn to share our favorite stories from 2015—and boy, did we have some fun this year.
How techs should handle ocular emergencies
How techs should handle ocular emergencies
When a patient experiencing an ocular emergency walks through the door, it is vital that every member of the team knows what to do in order to save the patient’s sight—and in some cases, his life. (Editor's note: This article contains some graphic images of ocular trauma that may be disturbing to some readers.)
What's new in optometry law
This is the second in a series of regular legislative updates on new laws that affect optometrists around the country. The laws governing optometrists across the country are constantly evolving, so it can be hard to keep track of who can do what from state to state. New laws in one state can lay the groundwork for similar changes in another.
13 holiday dos and don’ts for ODs
It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for ODs, the holidays can get a little hectic both outside and in the office.
What eyecare providers are thankful for
But it’s not all about us—we reached out to our readers on ODwire and ODs on Facebook to find out what makes eyecare professionals thankful. So, gather ‘round the exam room chair, pass the stuffing, and get ready to feel all warm and fuzzy about good patient communication and point-of-care diagnostic tests.
The growing green trend in optical
If you’ve walked the show floor at a Vision Expo show in the last few years, you might have noticed a small, but growing trend in optical. Among the flashy displays, bright-colored frames in increasingly elaborate designs, you might notice more and more brands are taking on an eco-friendly approach to their fashionable frames.
ECPs unimpressed with Luxottica-Macy’s deal
ECPs unimpressed with Luxottica-Macy’s deal
Luxottica and Macy’s announced an agreement that will bring LensCrafters to 500 Macy’s department stores over the next three years, a move that drew an uncharacteristically apathetic response from the eyecare community.
What patients tweet about their eye doctors
A few months ago, we went over to Twitter and searched both “eye doctor” and “optometrist” just to see what people were saying. We had so much fun the first time that we thought we’d do it again.