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Talking Politics

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on May 3, 2016

The presidential election will take place this year. Numerous candidates are campaigning for their party’s nomination for President of the United States. Supporters and detractors are already putting in their two cents, both in the form of public opinion and monetary donation. Of course, the position of President isn’t the only political office up for […]

A “Cocktail” to Restore Vision

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on April 19, 2016

When it comes to the eyes, pharmaceuticals either alleviate systems, such as eye drops for dry eye, or they keep conditions from getting worse, such as eye drops which regulate pressure in the eye. Drops don’t improve vision. That is, until recently, when research at Children’s Hospital of Boston showed some promise. Investigators were able […]

Technology in the Practice

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on April 5, 2016

There are many things that can make your job as an eye care professional easier and Gulden sells some of them, of course. Still, you have to be judicious with your practice’s funds. Especially when it comes to items that are tech focused. After all, what’s high tech today is obsolete tomorrow. (Remember Palm Pilots, […]

Health Care Innovation Forum

Posted by Elliot Franz | Posted on March 22, 2016

     On Friday, March 18th, I was asked to speak at Salus University (Elkins Park, PA) for their “Salus Time” speaker series.  The speaker series is a great idea, because it gives students (and professors) exposure to topics they wouldn’t ordinarily encounter.  For the subject of Friday’s Salus Time, I chose to speak on […]

Advances in Understanding Glaucoma & Treating the Disease

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 22, 2016

No one wants to get glaucoma. It is the leading cause of blindness worldwide, and the number of people with this disease is expected to increase as the world population ages.While there are treatments, the most they can do is preserve remaining vision—they don’t restore vision that was lost. Researchers are seeking out ways to […]

(Not So) Extreme Makeover: Office Edition

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 8, 2016

Shows like This Old House and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition can help generate ideas on how to make improvements to your home. What about your office? While there isn’t a show called This Old Office, the home makeover shows can provide inspiration to transform your stuffy workplace into an office of your dreams. Granted, if […]

Energy Consumption or Working All the Time Causes Wear and Tear on the Eyes

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 23, 2016

The eyes are body parts that can’t be accused of being slackers. Eighty percent of what sighted individuals know comes from the information that the eyes receive. In turn, the eyes require an enormous amount of energy. Since they are big energy consumers and have little reserve energy, that may be a reason why eyes […]

The Evolution of Optometry

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 9, 2016

It’s no secret that optometry has evolved over the years. What started as a profession that focused on vision care and dispensing eyeglasses, has developed into a profession that provided medical eye care and the relationship with ophthalmologists has expanded into more of a partnership as opposed to a technician/expert relationship. What lead to this […]

Dry Eye Isn’t So Cut and Dry

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 26, 2016

Patient: My eyes hurt after a long day at work. Doctor: You have dry eye. Take these eye drops and call me in the morning. Yes, the above vignette is an exaggeration. Still, you need to be more of a detective when it comes to dry eye. You might ask patients the following: 1. Do […]

Is Buying a Practice the Right Thing for You?

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 11, 2016

We hear it all the time. There’s no such thing as 9 to 5 anymore. If you want job security you have to be your own boss. So, many optometrists decide to establish or buy an existing practice. While the independence of having your own practice seems appealing, is it the right thing for you, […]