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LATEST NEWS

How MIPS affects ODs’ Medicare paymentsOptometrists who see Medicare patients are being graded on their performances, and this grade will affect their 2019 Medicare payments.
Sunlight and its effect on eye healthAvoiding sunlight entirely appears to be a misdirection. Melanoma is inversely related to latitude and inadequate acclimation (i.e., increased melanization and epidermal thickening), which carries the risk of both melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer—common in northern latitudes.
How diabetes is linked to gut bacteriaGiven this abundance of nonhuman species living on and within our bodies, it is not surprising that there is a link between specific bacteria to systemic and ocular disease—including diabetes and diabetes-related eye disease.
New products, advancements in dry eyeDavid Kading, OD, FAAO, FCLSA, discusses new products, studies, and patient education available to help combat dry eye disease.
Consider nursing home optometry as practice optionOptometric practice in the nursing home setting is not always very glamorous; however, there are many reasons optometrists might want to consider adding this specialty to their practice arsenal due to tremendous need.
Earth Day gives ODs a chance to promote green patient habits
Earth Day gives ODs a chance to promote green patient habits
Preparing your patient for PRKPhotorefractive keratectomy (PRK) was the original excimer laser procedure approved by the FDA—and is still a safe and effective treatment of refractive errors. PRK has the benefits of no-flap creation; therefore, there is no risk of flap complications.
Helping patients better understand glaucomaWhen I was a resident at the SUNY College of Optometry, I was asked a to conduct a few patient question and answer sessions regarding glaucoma. The sessions consisted of me sitting with a small group of patients, family members, or whoever wanted to know more about glaucoma.
Dry eye workshops assist ODs with protocolScott Schachter, OD, discusses how the Dry Eye WorkShop (DEWS I) and upcoming DEWS II announcement at ARVO in May can help ODs form an effective dry eye protocol at their practices.
Pros and cons of offering professional courtesyProfessional courtesy, waiving all or part of professional fees, now has become a field day for lawyers and third-party carriers—and an unwary trap for the well-intentioned doctor.