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Think about how difficult it can be to communicate ocular health conditions to your patients.  Meibomian glands, glaucoma, epiretinal membranes – it’s no easy task explaining our findings.  Now picture having to explain it in a different language.  If you just threw your hands in the air and mumbled, “Impossible!” let me ask you to reconsider.  There is after all, an app for that. OpTranslate was made by optometrists for optometrists to translate common ocular exam findings

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If you’ve been on the internet in the last 6 months you’ve seen the ads: Hubble contact lenses, the futuristic sounding, budget-friendly, daily disposable subscription box contact lens. What’s the real story behind the mass of marketing buzzwords? We sat down with Dr. Courtney Dryer to get the inside scoop. Dr. Dryer published her research and experience with Hubble contact lenses on New Grad Optometry recently, citing the 4 reasons she’s choosing to not recommend

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This week on the Defocus Media Podcast we are featuring three student leaders who will be sharing their experience of attending the recent American Academy of Optometry meeting in Chicago. Tune in to learn about everything from the Academy Student Associate Program, how to network at conferences as well as the best conference hacks that make it possible to get the most out of the conference experience.   Tara Mahvelati is a third-year optometry student

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If the rate of change in optometry this year has your head spinning, hold on tight with this next one.  On September 18th, Johnson and Johnson Vision announced the acquisition of Sightbox, an online contact lens subscription box service that sells Acuvue contact lenses, and yes, contact lenses from the three other major contact lens manufacturers direct to consumer.  It was a move that surprised many ODs, but as we look beyond the surface, this

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A recent trip back to my alma mater revealed an exciting movement on the campuses of optometry schools around the country. Students today are hyper focused on their careers: planning niche practice opportunities as they consider externiships and residencies, branding themselves as ambassadors for optometry in their social media accounts, networking in and out if the classroom from the first time they step on campus.  Today’s optometry classes are more engaged, more self aware of

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“My contacts are just so dry. I can’t wait to take them out at the end of the day.  I was really hoping to try dailies this year because my friend says hers are so comfortable.” Your heart flutters with the ease of this solution! Every day trying to convince people their lenses could be so much more comfortable if they would change to daily disposable lens technology, and this brilliant patient already knows that’s

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With the newly published DEWS II Report still just beginning to make its’ impact on our diagnosis and treatment strategies in dry eye, the timing is perfect to begin rethinking our standard treatment protocols.  Topical anti-inflammatories, punctal plugs, heated compresses, and omega supplements are treatments we’ve been recommending for a decade with variable results.  Dr. Richard Adler, ophthalmologist and ocular surface specialist at Belcara Health outlines why Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments are quickly becoming

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With more than 2000 subscription box services registered in the USA, and a whopping 3,000 percent growth in the industry since 2014, it’s no surprise that contact lens companies are quickly jumping on the subscription craze.  But from Hubble Contacts trying to convert patients to ancient Frequency 55 material technology (good luck with anyone enjoying that comfort) with their flashy marketing campaigns, to Sightbox signing away contact lens sales from the doctor in exchange for

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Inspiration comes from unlikely places.  Dr. Jenny Redfern never considered herself a beauty expert as a student at the University of Missouri-Saint Louis College of Optometry, or even as a practicing doctor in the St. Louis area.  She hardly ever wore makeup and her skincare routine was nearly non-existent.  But as a practitioner, she noticed how often patients were seeking her advice for ocular aesthetic products, and her own battle with dry eye and extremely

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When it comes to cornea and contact lenses, few doctors have made as big an impact on the field in as short time as Dr. Clark Chang.  A 2007 graduate from PCO, Dr. Chang is currently the Director of Cornea Specialty Lenses at Wills Eye Hospital, and the Director of Clinical Services at Vision Group Holdings (which includes TLC and The Laser Vision Institute).  His passion for fitting specialty contact lenses for those with corneal conditions like keratoconus

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