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Being a Community Partner

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on March 12, 2019

Millennials often get a bad rap as being selfish, but recent studies have shown that they will spend more with companies that “give back” through supporting causes that they care about. Since the Millennials have over $2 billion dollars in spending power, it would be nice for your practice to earn their business. Even more […]

Handheld Probe Provides Images of Photoreceptors

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 26, 2019

Photoreceptors are specialized cells in the retina that are responsible for converting light into signals that the brain can understand as images. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to actually see photoreceptors? Researchers at Duke University have developed a device that can produce an image of photoreceptors in adults and infants. This […]

Optometrists Collaborate with Other Professionals

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on February 12, 2019

As many of you know, optometrists aren’t just the folks who examine eyes for glasses and contacts. They are healthcare providers who help to maximize patient health by maximizing eye health and visual acuity. It is well known that they work with primary care physicians to monitor patients with diabetes and hypertension, but what many […]

The Wings of a Butterfly Lead to an Idea for an Eye Implant

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 29, 2019

In open angle glaucoma, fluid passes too slowly through the opening where the cornea and iris meet. This fluid build-up leads to increased pressure on the eye. Left unchecked, vision loss can occur. Wouldn’t it be great if there was an implant that could be used to monitor intra-eye pressure in glaucoma patients? Research on […]

Keeping the Patients Happy

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 15, 2019

Some patients come to your practice because it is the one that accepts their insurance. Even so, you and your staff can’t become lax when it comes to customer service. After all, practices are being added to the insurance plans all the time, so when patients have a choice, you want them to choose your […]

Petri Dish Retinas

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 1, 2019

No one wants to have compromised vision. When someone learns that he or she has glaucoma, working to keep functional vision becomes a priority. While there are treatment regimens that help to keep intra-ocular pressure within acceptable perimeters, for many it is only a matter of time before they lose their vision. What if there […]

Make Time for Learning—Even if CEUs aren’t Involved

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 18, 2018

Doctors of optometry and ophthalmology attend classes either online or in person to keep up with the latest advances in eye care. These classes reward attendees with the continuing education units they need to keep their certification. In addition to CE, what others kinds of learning or just reading do you do? Like most people, […]

Good Vision/Good Cognition

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 4, 2018

Even though most tasks required by daily living are mundane, the act of doing them engages the mind. Most human brainpower is used to process visual stimuli, so the very act of seeing and coordinating movements is cognitively demanding. That said, we would expect poor vision to lead to cognitive decline. A study was published […]

Longevity in Optometry/Ophthalmology

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 20, 2018

You may have heard the riddle about a man and his son who are involved in a car accident. The man dies instantly. The son survives but is seriously injured. He is rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery. The old doctor sees the boy being wheeled into the operating room and says “I can’t […]

Macular Degeneration Research Findings

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 6, 2018

Glaucoma and cataracts get all the news when it comes to visual impairment and blindness. That being said, attention needs to be paid to macular degeneration, since 11 million people in the U.S. and 200 million people worldwide have the disease. It is the leading cause of blindness in those age 65 and over. Researchers […]