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Use contact lens manufacturer rebates to your benefitUse contact lens manufacturer rebates for daily disposable lenses to your advantage to promote better patient lens wear compliance and in-office contact lens purchase rates. Patients wearing daily disposables return more quickly for eye exams and are more compliant with lens wearing instructions.
Managing LASIK complicationsA U.S. patent was granted to Gholam A. Peyman, MD, in June 1989 for a method of modifying the corneal curvature of the eye. The surgical procedure involved cutting a flap in the cornea, pulling the flap back to expose the corneal bed, ablating the exposed surface and then replacing the flap. The current procedure of laser assisted in-situ keratomileusis (LASIK) was not FDA approved until 1999.
Insulin resistance is more important than you thinkIn the city of Chicago, there’s a 95-year-old retired pathologist and professor with a wry smile on his face. More than 50 years ago, Joseph Kraft, MD, identified that many tinnitus patients were in fact pre-diabetic.1 Back then this was a leaner America, and far fewer citizens had diabetes. Of course, much has radically changed.
What is the coffee ring effect?I was once characterized as an “information parasite” by a colleague. I must admit that I do troll the Internet, particularly Pub Med, for new, intriguing information especially when its related to one of my two favorite ocular phenomenon that are pseudoexfoliation syndrome and the lid margin.
SC vs. Opternative: An example of what makes optometry greatMuch has been written about Opternative, and I will not rehash what the product is and what it purports to do. I will say the product presents a clear and present danger to the eye health of the unsuspecting public. We can argue the merits of disruptive technology, but the bottom line is the product as currently marketed as an “eye exam” is a public health threat.
New technology helps IOP measurementNot long ago, a colleague asked me if I performed Goldmann tonometry on all of my glaucoma patients. Without hesitation I said, “No.” When asked why not, I simply answered that not all of my patients are physically able to have the test performed on them.
Using tinted contact lenses in practiceFrom the first introduction on the cinematic screens for visual effects in 1950 to its mainstream use today for masking both natural iris pigment and ocular disfigurement, colored contact lenses are an important addition to your contact lens toolbox. Industry has made fitting this type of lens more appealing by offering improvements in color matching techniques and healthier materials compatible with commercially available inks and dyes.
Monthly contact lens wearers can thrive, not just surviveContact lens practitioners have a range of soft contact lens replacement modalities available—from daily disposable to reusable lenses with a two-week or monthly replacement schedule. Personality, lifestyle factors, and ocular health should all be taken into account when deciding which lens and which lens modality to prescribe.
Using toricity with scleral lensesScleral lenses are indispensable in a specialty contact lens practice. The indications for scleral lens use are well established in the literature and range from visual rehabilitation of irregular corneas to severe ocular surface disease management.1-4 Many more uses may still be revealed.
Q&A: Carla Mack, OD, MBA; Director of Professional and Clinical Support, for U.S. Vision Care at AlconContact lenses, communications, and knowing how to properly bill and code
Contact lens commoditization: Looking forward and backContact lenses are increasingly viewed as a commodity, not a medical device, especially in recent years with pressure through legislation from online retailers.
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