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Managing Stress During Optometry School

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Endocrinologist Hans Selye defined stress as a nonspecific response to pressure or demand, and this is still true today. Optometry school demands many factors that can cause stress, from workload to studying for exams, financial commitments and many more. Understanding the effects of stress on our minds and bodies and what we can do to …

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Dispensing 101

Tips for a Flawless Optical Dispense This article is the second in our series from Alexander Bennett, a second-year student at Western University College of Optometry who worked as an optician before beginning optometry school. I’ve been lucky to see and work, in a variety of optometric practices. These range from large practices with every …

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Insights into the Field of Low Vision

Quick Facts about Low Vision ODs Within the medical community, opinions about the field of low vision can be misguided. Although a large portion of training focuses the art and science of refraction and magnification selection, the reality is that low vision specialists incorporate far more in patient examinations than magnifying glass powers. Doctors who specialize in …

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Demodex Blepharitis: A Mite-y Fine Problem

Your body, including your eyelids, is covered by mites.   On average, the human body is covered with millions of mites at any given time. Some scientists believe these mites live in symbiosis with humans, surviving off the dead skin cells that we slough off. Others believe the relationship is more commensalistic, where a mite …

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Hepatolenticular Degeneration

Quick Boards Review: Hepatolenticular Degeneration Wilson’s Disease, also known as Hepatolenticular Degeneration, is a rare, autosomal recessive mutation in the ATP7B gene.1 This mutation causes a decrease in serum ceruloplasmin which is an important chaperone protein that aids in removing copper in the body.2 This is detrimental because when copper is not removed from the body, it …

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August: Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month

As we begin August, parents and kids are gearing up to head back to school. That means that the optometric offices around the country will be preparing for one of the busiest months of the year – back to school eye exam time. Parents want to see their children succeed and one of the main …

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Zap! Don’t Cut

New Treatment Options for Vitreous Floaters For chronic sufferers of large floaters, new technologies offer innovative treatment options that are safer and less invasive than traditional methods. For many years, the standard of care for treatment of vitreous floaters was a pars plana vitrectomy, an invasive surgical procedure that removes part of the vitreous. Post-vitrectomy recovery …

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Ptroublesome Ptosis

Ptroublesome Ptosis That ptroublesome ptosis: A patient presents with a new “droopy” lid. So, brilliant optometrist: What are you going to do about it? Ptosis is an abnormally low position of the upper eyelid. It is more common in older patients due to a gradual loss of function of the muscles working to hold the eyelids up. However, …

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Ocular Trauma 101: What You Need to Know

  According to the CDC roughly 2,000 workers per day sustain ocular trauma. This statistic does not account for accidents, assault and various activities that may result in damage or injury to the eyes. It is important that we recommend protective eyewear for our patients whenever possible. While optometrists are not always the first doctors …

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To Patch or Not to Patch: Summary of PEDIG Amblyopia Treatment Studies

One of the most common topics discussed in the realm of pediatrics and binocular vision is amblyopia. Amblyopia is a visual disorder in which a lack of proper visual input during development impairs the visual pathway, resulting in decreased visual acuity. When it comes to treating amblyopia, an oftentimes controversial discussion revolves around patching. Patching …

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It’s Time to Talk about Diabetes

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the incidence of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus has increased by 90 percent in the last 10 years.¹ However, it is more alarming that 46 percent of diabetic patients are unaware that they are affected and 42 percent are not confident in managing their diabetes.² Rates …

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