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Optometrists: Addressing weight and eye health issues with patients

addressing weight and eye health issues with patientsObesity has reached an epidemic. Optometrists are acutely aware that this condition, combined with age, can affect vision in a most profound way. But many eye care providers express hesitancy in addressing this subject with their overweight patients. Many will admit to ignoring the topic all together for fear of upsetting the patient. However, as primary eye care providers, optometrists have a real opportunity to not only support patients but empower them in their quest for optimal vision quality. Continue reading Optometrists: Addressing weight and eye health issues with patients

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Patients with diabetes: Ensure they get proper eye care

eye-211610_640Eye care professionals know that patients with diabetes often neglect the regular eye exams necessary to maintain their vision. However, researchers have discovered patients with diabetes are more likely to schedule and keep eye exams when the patient’s primary care physician (PCP) and eye care provider (ECP) communicate with each other. Continue reading Patients with diabetes: Ensure they get proper eye care

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Give patients a complete story of macular health with screenings

Get a complete picture of macular health with screening“Optometry has struggled with the innovation issue for decades and…2016 presents the same problem (we had) in 2006 and in 1996,” said Stuart Richer, OD, PhD, FAAO. “The problem is we’re still using the archaic, insensitive Amsler Grid (1895) and Snellen Visual Acuity (1865) charts to measure visual function”. Continue reading Give patients a complete story of macular health with screenings

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Love is in the air: When Optometrists marry

heart-700141_640By Susan Lake

One of the most frequent questions I get from people when they hear that I, an Optometrist, am married to an Optometrist, is: “How does that work?” I’m never sure exactly where the question is coming from, but I assume it usually falls into one of the following categories: Continue reading Love is in the air: When Optometrists marry

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New ZTA webinar: Taking a proactive approach to AMD

ztalogoAs the world of optometry embraces the medical model, more eye care professionals are transforming the way they manage their practices and treat patients. Join us for an insightful and informative lecture series on how nutrition can optimize your patients’ eye health and grow your practice on February 4 at 7 p.m. CST. Continue reading New ZTA webinar: Taking a proactive approach to AMD

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Can we change the course of AMD?

hitchmothEvidence is beginning to suggest that patients develop macular degeneration decades earlier than realized. However, little is said to shed light on how optometrists should advise patients on how they can be proactive in reducing risk factors of vision loss from AMD. The question on optometrists minds are now, “Can we change the course of AMD”? Continue reading Can we change the course of AMD?

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Three Ways To Connect With Pediatric Patients

shutterstock_284499263(resized)By Susan Lake, OD

As an Optometrist who has a strong emphasis in pediatrics in my practice, I am often referred “difficult” patients.  I am so grateful for these patients.  Most of the time I can find a connection point with our tinier patients that facilitates a productive examination.  Early in my career I was lucky to work with a doctor who gave me one of the most valuable pieces of practice advice.  He told me, “You can fake out an adult with big words and fancy talk, but you can NEVER, EVER fake out a kid. They will smell your lies every time, just be honest with them.” Continue reading Three Ways To Connect With Pediatric Patients

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Female Smokers Are At Greater Risk of Developing AMD

woman-431658_640Female patients with a genetic predisposition for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) significantly increase their odds of developing the disease if they smoke heavily, don’t exercise, and don’t eat a balanced diet, says an observational study of women funded by the National Eye Institute.

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