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Diet review: Picking the best diet for your patients
Diet review: Picking the best diet for your patientsHaving a family with medical issues, primarily gastrointestinal issues, combined with the difficulty that comes with timely diagnosis, has taught me quite a bit about diets. We have tried many diets in an effort to calm stomach pains as well as reduce inflammation and certainly found truth in the adage, “You are what you eat.”
Eye banks create the cycle of givingThe Human Tissue “box” that shows up at your hospital or surgery center and its contents go through quite a journey, which we in the eye banking world call the Cycle of Giving, to reach your destination.
Top 5 neuro signs never to ignoreLet’s examine case-based examples to emphasize the top five neuro-ophthalmic disorders that should not be overlooked.
Sizing up daily disposable contact lensesMost ODs could list all the missing items in their contact lens supply line. They could construct a wish list of products they would like to see available in the future. On days when we find ourselves ransacking the contact lens trial room, ODs may think technology is moving too slowly. Perhaps it’s time for some needed perspective.
How I found my mentorsI have been fortunate in my professional life to have not one but two mentors who have given me direction and helped expand my optical career into an amazing instrument of communication. I am now able to connect with my peers, and appreciate the opportunity to speak at various optical conferences.
New strategies to assess the risk of diabetes-related vision lossA colleague recently told me that eye doctors should “stay within the lines” of traditional eye care because we barely have enough time as it is to do our jobs. My response was that today more than half of our adult patients have either diabetes or prediabetes, so our job now requires we go ”outside the lines” to avoid the leading cause of preventable blindness.
Patient needs should supersede insurance demandsAlmost every eyecare practice has a person, team of people, or outside service whose sole job is to manage problems related to facilitating the relationship between patients and their insurance companies.
Using technology, medical informatics in patient educationIncorporating new technologies is a must for ODs to improve patient communication and education. Multiple platforms of communication are needed in the 21st century to communicate and educate patients of very different backgrounds.
In-office lab testing provides diagnostic informationSimilar to the benefits that the primary care and pediatrics fields have enjoyed following years of rapid strep and flu testing, the uptake of rapid, single-use, point-of-care (POC) testing in optometry helps to guide clinical management and therapeutic decisions.
How to prevent tech revenge at your practice
How to prevent tech revenge at your practiceImagine coming into the office one day and getting word that all of your patient data, past records, tax documents, and financial statements had all been stolen—or worse yet, erased.