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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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On August 21st, the skies over a 70 mile wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will darken as the sun is completely blocked by the moon in a rare total solar eclipse. Americans haven’t had a chance to see such a cosmic event since 1979, and 500 million people across North America will experience at least a partial eclipse in action. With such a historic occasion, viewing the eclipse is generating plenty of buzz

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There are a few stalwarts in optometry that we all stop and wonder, how did they build this? For our generation, that person who has accomplished so much in so little time is undoubtedly Matt Geller. As a student at SUNY, he founded optometrystudents.com with no prior experience in web design or blogging. After successfully transferring ownership of this site to the AOA, Matt was looking for the next opportunity in his young career when he realized

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“What does the future of Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club optometry look like?”  That was the question posed for this year’s Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Project Foresight Scholarship competition. The company was asking for submissions from optometry students around the country on how they can become a better workplace to attract millennials. Rachel Simpson and Kate Hamm, then third year students at the University of Missouri St. Louis, weren’t sure their entry was anything close to what the company was

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The Next Frontier: Mobile Eyecare Clinics You know the statistics. Nearly 40% of Americans don’t go to the eye doctor because they feel like their eyes are “fine,” and despite efforts by the AOA and outreach campaigns, the average American is also getting bombarded by telemedicine ads painting eyecare as “inconvenient” and “expensive.” Many doctors are looking outside of traditional brick and motor locations at the options of mobile clinics – taking their care directly

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As optometrists, any opportunity to give the gift of sight is so inspiring and rewarding. Even early into our optometric careers, there are numerous organizations that allow student ODs to start serving the eyecare needs of patients domestic and abroad. Fayiz Mahgoub (Western University ’18) and Tristan Barrueco (SUNY ’18) discuss their recent experiences on a sight giving mission to Tanzania, and the many ways student ODs can get involved in giving back! Lions Club:

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