By: Antonio Chirumbolo SUNY 2013
The class of 2013 has reached the midpoint of 3rd year (when this article was written). As we have spent more time treating patients on our own now, we certainly have begun to improve our skills and knowledge as clinicians. Spending time in primary care clinic, as well as various other clinics like ocular disease, contact lens, pediatrics, vision therapy, and even some experience in the dispensary, has introduced us to such an expansive variety of patients with diverse conditions. This has provided an outside learning opportunity to not only aid in the detection of different types of ocular conditions, but how to properly manage them.
Looking back at the past several months in clinic and talking to fellow colleagues, I was able to compile a list representing a small sample of some of the ocular conditions encountered. From the very common conditions such as dry eye and belpharitis, to more complex and uncommon conditions like retinitis pigmentosa, there is no question that clinic so far has proved to be an extremely gratifying experience as we begin to apply all of that didactic learning clinically to our patients.
Here is a small sample of some of the conditions encountered by 3rd year interns:
Thyroid Eye Disease
Primary Congenital Open Angle Glaucoma
Retinal Vein Occlusion
Traumatic Optic Neuropathy
Pie in the Sky Field Defect
Superior Oblique Palsy
Optic Neuritis and Multiple Sclerosis
7th Nerve Palsy
Herpes Simplex Viral Keratitis
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Posterior Vitreous Detachment
3rd Nerve Palsy
Pigmentary Dispersion Syndrome
Normal Tension Glaucoma
Post LASIK Corneal Ectasia
Full Thickness Macular Holes
What have you seen that has proved to be a very unique learning experience? Tell us in the comments!
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