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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.
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.
Charting your optometric career
After more than a decade of working in a MD/OD private practice, I found myself at a crossroads in my career. I spent this past year exploring many modes of practice to find the best fit for my next decade—or two or three.
A stepwise approach to diagnosing MGD
Focusing on dry eye management is a great practice builder, but is not without challenges. These challenges lie in making the proper diagnosis, implementing new technology, properly training staff, developing an effective treatment plan and the time it takes to properly educate patients.
Why noncompliance will ruin your perfect treatment plan
You diagnosed a patient and developed a treatment plan to improve the ocular surface. This is only the first (and often the easiest) step. The more challenging aspect is assuring that the patient follows through with the plan.
Using the SPEED questionnaire to identify dry eye
In lieu of improving diagnostic tests, symptoms have been shown to be more repeatable than clinical findings.