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Office Improvements

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on January 2, 2018

The good thing about owning a practice is that, as the owner, you decide how-and when-to make improvements. The bad thing about owning a practice is that there are so many things to do each day that it can be hard to improve the business itself. If you were a carpenter and you depended upon […]

Maybe It’s a Vision Problem and Not a Behavioral Problem

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 19, 2017

Preschool children are known for being little tornados. They go from one activity to another and wear out the adults in their charge. Of course, as they get older they calm down—most of the time. As children go through school, many things that were once thought to be exuberance are diagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity […]

How To Be More Productive

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on December 5, 2017

Wouldn’t it be nice if you and your staff could just bang through your tasks without interruption or fatigue? That’s not possible because of interruptions. Literally anything from idle chit-chat and time wasting to a sudden surge in walk-in patients can interrupt administrative work. As a consequence, it takes time to get things done. In […]

Slowing the Increase in Myopia

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 21, 2017

Myopia is the Rodney Dangerfield* of vision conditions. Unlike glaucoma or macular degeneration, myopia isn’t ‘given respect’ because the majority of treatments don’t involve surgery. Most of the time, either eyeglasses or contact lenses do the trick. If a person is fed up with glasses or contact lenses, there’s vision correction surgery (e.g., LASIK). The […]

How Does Your Office Staff Work?

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on November 7, 2017

You spent four years getting your bachelor’s degree, another four in medical school, not to mention one to three years in a residency program (depending on your specialty). Next came working for another doctor. You worked hard, saved your pennies, and then you bought your own practice. Now you can just sit back (in between […]

Glaucoma Associated with Stroke Risk

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 24, 2017

Having glaucoma is no joke. A person has to adhere to a medication regimen just to maintain functional vision, and even then, surgery may still be required. Another reason to take glaucoma seriously is that it is associated with stroke. It sounds unlikely, yet there is evidence linking the two conditions. A study was done […]

Alternative to Reading Glasses

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on October 10, 2017

Benjamin Franklin is credited with developing bifocal glasses in 1760. Of course, one wonders if he wore them while he flew his kite on that dark and stormy night or if he ever had trouble finding them when he wanted to read a book or write a letter! Most people are smart enough not to […]

When the Bugs Get in Your Eyes

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 26, 2017

You don’t have be an OD or MD to know that having something in your eye is annoying. It can also be harmful to your vision. Irritants and bacteria can eat away at the eye, potentially leading to vision loss. With that said, there are times when bugs (microbes) can be beneficial to the eye. […]

Low Vision & Depression

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on September 12, 2017

It is no secret that a greater number of people are experiencing low vision from conditions, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. While these conditions don’t lead to sudden vision loss, they do take their toll. In addition to reduction of mobility and difficulty with near work activities (e.g., reading) vision limiting conditions can […]

Patient Retention

Posted by Ilena Di Toro | Posted on August 29, 2017

True story: As a kid with myopia in the 1980’s, I had a succession of optometrists. The reason for this is that my mother’s employer’s insurance changed from one carrier to another frequently. As a result, the doctor who saw me two years before didn’t always accept the new insurance. Despite these changes, Mom got […]