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Leslie E O’Dell, OD, FAAO
Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO, is the director of Dry Eye Center of PA and Wheatlyn Eye Care in Manchester, PA. Dr. O’Dell lectures throughout the east coast and internationally on dry eye related topics. She is a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry and University of Delaware and served her residency at the Baltimore VA Hospital. Dr. O’Dell serves on the Medical Advisory Board for ForSight Vision and the Optometric Advisory Board for Paragon BioTeck.
What if you examined Santa Claus?
What if you examined Santa Claus?
T’was the night before Christmas, and all through the towns, not an optometrist was stirring—not even an online retailer promising glasses at low cost.
The power of the celebrity spokesperson
The power of the celebrity spokesperson
In the past when you thought of Jennifer Aniston, the girl-next-door character Rachel from Friends would come to mind.
Uncover patient lifestyle habits that lead to OSD
Uncover patient lifestyle habits that lead to OSD
A day in the life of a female patient provides clues that can help
Understanding and defining MGD
The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society’s Meibomian Gland Workshop was tasked to sort through the literature to determine proper terminology of conditions affecting the lid margin. Review the terminology, gland anatomy, gland expression classifications, and treatment strategies.
Going blind while using your smartphone
With news sites like NPR and The Washington Post reporting about transient smartphone blindess, be ready for questions from your patients. It is natural to laugh at this random new diagnosis for a term we want to call night blindness, but take if from me—experiencing it firsthand can be alarming. Consider asking patients presenting with monocular transient vision loss about their smartphone use and add it to your list of differentials.
What ODs can learn from veterans this Memorial Day
We think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer, but more importantly, it is a day dedicated to remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.
How you can go green in the optometry practice
How you can go green in the optometry practice
A U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, founded Earth Day in 1970, and it has been celebrated annually since that time on April 22. In 1990, his efforts were revamped to include recycling efforts. This got me thinking—how am I addressing this in my office now, and what can I do better?
3 tips to use LinkedIn to advance your career
3 tips to use LinkedIn to advance your career
After many years as the sole optometrist in a busy ophthalmology practice, I found myself feeling isolated. I had excelled in my career managing many complicated ocular disease cases and making a difference in the lives of the patients whom I served; however, I was lacking the collaboration with my peers I had experienced during my residency and years in school.
How TFOS brought dry eye to the forefront of optometry
Nowadays, you are unlikely to read a journal or go to a meeting without hearing the importance of dry eye disease in our practices and for our surgical patients. This was not always the case. I want to introduce you to the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) and the brains behind it: David Sullivan, PhD, and his family— Rose, Ben, and Amy—who dedicate their lives to help us better understand dry eye disease.
Dry eye should remain in the hands of eyecare providers
Several weeks ago, I learned of a more recent, somewhat concerning trend. Since the Allergan and Actavis merger, sales reps are now promoting Restasis to primary care doctors, internist and allergists.