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    Making New Year’s resolutions, optometry style


    Angela Marie Scifres, OD

    Georgetown, KY

    Learn to incorporate nutraceuticals into eye health more often. Personally, my resolution is to begin running/activity classes after work for stress relief.

    Marta Fabrykowski, OD, FAAO

    New York City

    Personal: Read 12 books in 12 months. This translates into clinical practice so I can converse with patients on what they are reading when refracting for a progressive or reading glasses Rx—patients love to open up about this neutral subject. I can get great book recommendations, too.

    Professional: Dive deeper into analyzing hospital operations to improve access and streamline patient care for better patient care and experience.

    Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO

    Wilmington, NC

    Editorial Advisory Board member

    For years, I’ve picked one word to use as a filter through which to view things that year, as opposed to a long list I can’t accomplish.

    But I haven't picked one for 2018 yet!

    Last year was “simplify.” So much for the long list; sometimes I can't even succeed at one word!

    Check it out at myoneword.org.

    Related: 10 holiday dos and don’ts for ODs in 2017

    Janet L. Carter, OD, FAAO

    Elko, NV

    I resolve to have more time for me. And also to get on a regular workout schedule.

    Pam Miller, OD, FAAO, JD

    Highland, CA

    Editorial Advisory Board member

    I actually do not make any New Year’s resolutions. My feeling is that you should live throughout the year caring for your family, yourself, your friends, and your patients. Support the causes you believe in, and continue to make our world a better and healthier place in which to live. Resolutions get broken only shortly after they are made; it is far better to live your life to the best of your abilities and care for others accordingly.

    Mike Ware, OD

    Tupelo, MD

    Learn to relax when I have five patients waiting and I am off schedule, purge a couple more vision care plans from my practice, and bring in at least one new piece of technology.

    Brian Chou, OD, FAAO

    San Diego, CA

    For 2018, I resolve to gluttony, drinking, and sloth. Resolutions are meant to be broken, right?


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