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Optometry as a Second Act

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

When I worked at a college of optometry, the vast majority of students were in their 20’s. Most of their stories were similar: They went straight from a bachelor degree program to the school where I worked. Most didn’t even take a gap year. However, there were a few students who were returning to school […]

Contacts and Diabetes

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

According to the American Diabetes Association, in 2012 there were over 29 million Americans with diabetes. Of these 29 million, many are contact lenses wearers. In the past, contacts were not recommended to patients with diabetes. Now contacts are recommended to diabetics as an vision option. Yet, optometrists need to be on the lookout for […]

The Good Ol’ Days Weren’t Always Good

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 25, 2016

“When I was starting out…” “Back then, we did things differently. For example…” “We didn’t have (insert tech device here) in the 19 (insert decade here) and we got the job done just fine.” Who hasn’t heard statements like those many times over the course of a lifetime? It’s enough to make you think that […]

Vision and Concussions

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

For many years, concussions weren’t considered a serious injury. As long as a person didn’t lose consciousness and recovered from other related injuries, whether the injuries be from a tackle in football or a fall from a skateboard, concussions were no big deal. Now with advanced diagnostic imaging such as MRI and CAT scan, as […]

Do Your Procedures Lead to Profits?

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 27, 2016

Remember when you were in medical school or optometry school and you learned the importance of following treatment protocols? These protocols have been tested over and over and have been proven to produce good outcomes. For example, testing for cataracts and glaucoma in the course of an eye exam leads to the discovery of those […]

Anti-VEGFs Produce Good Outcomes

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 13, 2016

The number of people who will become visually impaired in the U.S. is expected to be 8 million. In addition to that, another 16 million will have difficulty seeing due to refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness) or hyperopia (farsightedness) that can be corrected with glasses or contacts. In 2015, 3.2 million Americans had vision […]

Keep an Eye on the Business

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 30, 2016

Today, many doctors are experiencing practice consolidation as smaller practices merge with larger ones. Despite this trend, there are still many optometry practices with single owners and only one or two doctors on staff. For the private practice owner focused on growing and thriving in today’s competitive market, taking advantage of new ideas in medicine, […]

Cataracts & Health—Getting Rid of One Improves the Other

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 16, 2016

It’s no secret that once cataracts are removed, a person can see better. Studies have also shown that both health and quality of life improve with cataract surgery, regardless if it was just one or both eyes. Of course, that’s obvious. If you see better, then you have a better quality of life. Still, there […]

New Competition for Optometrists/Ophthalmologists & How to Beat It!

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 2, 2016

Times are changing! In the new world of Internet everything, there are services such as Blink and Opternative.com that offer vision exams either by computer or via specialized tools. These services stress convenience since they allow people to get vision exams at their home or office. While these services have their downsides, they are definitely […]

Eye Facts

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

Did you know that 80 percent of what we learn comes from what we see? Did you know that adult humans typically blink 12 times each minute? Here are some other interesting facts about the eye: Watch out, the blink of an eye lasts for about 1/10th of a second, or 10 jiffies? How much […]