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Michael Brown, OD, FAAO
Dr. Brown has practiced medical optometry in a comanagement center and with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Huntsville, AL, for over 25 years. An adjunct associate professor with UAB, his publications and presentations have focused on the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. He has a special interest in complex corneal and anterior segment cases. He is working on a Masters in Clinical Leadership from Duke University School of Medicine.
It’s not easy seeing green
It’s not easy seeing green
The great philosopher Kermit the Frog once said, “It’s not easy being green.” Not only that, I thought at the time— it’s not easy seeing green either!
UWF: ultra-widefield imaging or ultra-widefield fighting?
Can we talk a few minutes about ultra-widefield imaging (UWF) without another kind of UWF (ultra-widespread fighting) breaking out?
Riding out conjunctivitis like a bad storm
Among the thoughts I’ve had since the Super Outbreak of tornadoes that hit Alabama on April 27, 2011, is this: if there’s not already an ICD-10 code for “Tornado-induced viral conjunctivitis, bilateral, initial encounter,” there probably should be.
Reliving the joy of your first corneal foreign body
Reliving the joy of your first corneal foreign body
The euphoria that comes with removing a corneal foreign body never fades. With a nod to Foreigner, whenever I pluck a painful piece of metal from a patient’s eye, “it feels like the first time” every time.
Hollow victory: Why our glaucoma victory felt meaningless
Hollow victory: Why our glaucoma victory felt meaningless
It’s an oft-repeated mantra among those of us who treat glaucoma: The goal of glaucoma therapy is to maintain adequate functional vision until the patient dies. Like a lot of mantras, we spout it almost glibly.
The challenges of treating a loved one
But my wife was referring to the vitreous in her right eye which started detaching a few days prior, threatening to unravel both her retina and our long-laid trip plans.
ICD-10: Not quite the end of days
I couldn’t help but think about that turn-of-the-21st century vignette during the recent run-up to the October 1st implementation of ICD-10. I hereby boldly predict that by the time this column is published, the large majority of us will still be alive and in business.
Why you can’t separate refraction from pathology
I’ve been thinking a lot about technology lately and how it’s going to—um, scratch that—how it already is impacting eye care.
The laws of the optometric jungle for the class of 2015
The laws of the optometric jungle for the class of 2015
Congratulations to you, your loved ones, professors, and especially your bankers and lenders. Welcome to the jungle. There are some laws in here you need to know about.
Earning a spot on the medical team
Last month, I wrote about diagnosing my father-in-law’s branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) and then teaming up with a vascular surgeon for his subsequent carotid endarterectomy. After the successful “slam dunk” surgery, the nurse who discharged him advised him to “go to the ER” should he have any changes in vision, and in the process, dropped the ball.