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When I think back on my ocular disease classes from optometry school, a few clinical pearls really stand out in mind. One of them that I use nearly every day in patient care? “Is it red? It probably needs steroids.” Gone are the days where doctors should be hesitant to prescribe anti-inflammatories for controlling ocular surface irritation and discomfort, of course after ruling out the few conditions that would be contraindicated first.  The most effective

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Over the past year, multiple online and handheld telemedicine devices have entered the vision correction marketplace and disrupted the traditional idea of going to the doctor for a glasses prescription. As optometrists, it would be short sighted to ignore it or think that we could permanently legislate to eliminate it in when the American Medical Association has lended its lukewarm support. In sitting down to talk with creators like Dr. Yaopeng Zhou of Smart Vision

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This week we talked with Western University Optometry student, Fayiz Mahgoub about his experience being a student in a new program (Western gained accreditation in 2013) and on getting involved right from the start with his profession. If you are a student already, or considering applying to optometry school, here’s some tips for making the most of your time! – Carefully consider your school of choice.  With 23 schools in the US, simply going to

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With graduation quickly approaching, the next generation of ODs is preparing to land their first jobs. What they’re not doing? Only 38% of new grads negotiate their first job offer, and worse, only 7% of women do. When research shows us that just $5k of salary can equate to $1 million in lifetime earning differential, negotiating for even a small pay raise or benefits can make a huge difference over a career. We sat down

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Gazal Eyewear is a modern day eyewear love story.  Just a few minutes in to this podcast you’ll hear designer Gazal Tabrizipour gush about how her husband Saeed Andy Trabrizipour helped her follow her dreams of designing eyewear by investing years of research and time to bring their luxury collection to market. Their frames a are a true labor of love, designed by Gazal who grew up in the optical industry with a focus on wearability

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Meet the Dry Eye Divas   Amy Gallant Sullivan  @Eyeppl  @DryEyeMakeup Ms. Sullivan is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society.  She was the mastermind behind the creation of the DryEye Divas, a profession-bridging collaboration of women in eyecare that are dedicated to expanding awareness about dry eye in the aesthetics and cosmetics market. She is a leader in legislating dry eye care on Capitol Hill, and put significant

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When you talk with Dr. Maria Sampalis, the founder of corporateoptometrycareers.com and the Corporate Optometry group on Facebook, you realize that the distinction between corporate optometry and private optometry isn’t as strictly delineated as we often think. Her personal practice Sampalis Eye Care has a beautifully constructed website with all it’s own branding and appointment scheduling capabilities; it just happens to be with Sears Optical.  Dr. Sampalis breaks down how corporate optometry jobs can be as

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You Can’t Miss Vision Expo East with Dr. Justin Bazan Every spring there’s one weekend that’s the first to get circled on our calendar — the can’t miss optometric education and social event of the year: Vision Expo East. This spring the dates are March 30th-April 2nd, and NYC will be alive with the biggest names in the eyecare industry, celebrating innovative eyewear design and the latest innovations in technology, diagnosis and treatment strategies, and

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In 1977, Alan and Cynthia Shapiro founded Europa eyewear out of their garage and the result shaped American eyewear design forever. Their son, Scott Shapiro has continued this pioneering tradition by making the biggest statement in American eyewear this century: real, luxury eyewear that is made in America with his new line, STATE Optical Co.  It takes about 75 steps to manufacture one pair of STATE acetate eyeglasses; about 50% of these have to be

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Over the last month, the optometric industry has exploded with some game changing news from disruptive technology, renewal of the Contact Lens Rule and the Essilor Luxottica merger. This week we decided to change things up. Today’s podcast is full of vibrant humor and creativity. Imagine an optometric office with Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein. Thanks to Jonathan Jacesko and his skilled team of artists what was once a thought has now come to fruition.

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