As the holidays approach, there are many digital gadgets children may be asking for or receiving. Some of the more popular gifts include flat-screen TVs, tablets, phones, streaming devices (Firestick, Roku, Apple TV, etc.), and gaming systems. Even Fisher-Price is offering the Think & Learn Smart Cycle, which syncs with a tablet for kids to play learning games while they ride the attached stationary bike. While some of these devices add learning opportunities, most of them come with added screen time, which may be cause for concern. The effects of excessive screen time are usually considered when adults work on computers for 8+ hours a day, but parents are starting to notice their children’s symptoms. Continue reading The Effects of Screen Time for Kids
Blood glucose control is becoming a growing concern among many Americans. In fact, nearly 30.5 million people have issues with blood glucose, and even worse, one in four don’t know. Optometrists (ODs) can help with this statistic, though. Almost a quarter of patients who know they have trouble controlling their blood glucose levels were told so by an OD. Eye exams can help identify those patients at risk for or currently with blood glucose control issues, and ODs, primary care physicians (PCPs), and ophthalmologists (MDs) need to work cohesively to effectively manage these patients. Continue reading Co-Managing Patients with Blood Glucose Control Issues
With everything that goes into running an optometry practice, data security can sometimes fall between the cracks. Cyber hacking has become such a problem in recent years, it’s necessary to spend some time to focus on this protection detail. Like a security system to protect the physical office building, having even the most basic security can keep your patients’ important information safe. Beyond cyber hackers, protection from privacy breaches within the practice is another piece of data security that should be considered. Continue reading The Importance of Data Security in Your Practice
Samuel Baron, OD, is a practicing optometrist out of Colorado. A fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, Dr. Baron has special interests in contact lenses, children’s vision, and deaf patients. Continuing post-graduate education every year, he is constantly striving to improve himself and his patient care. We wanted to know what he thinks has helped propel him to the level of success he has found himself on.
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It’s important to remember that the number of patients with blood glucose control issues continues to grow. Eye health concerns associated with high blood glucose are often symptom-free until the damage has already been done. While some options can save vision, they’re often expensive and invasive. Giving patients a more proactive way to protect their eyes can lead to more positive outcomes and a better quality of life. Continue reading Utilizing DiVFuSS and EyePromise DVS in Your Practice
Although there has been a consistent push for healthier lifestyles throughout the country, the rate of diabetes has been increasing year after year. While most can manage this chronic problem, diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the US, taking more lives than AIDS and breast cancer combined. It’s also the leading cause of blindness, kidney failure, amputations, heart failure, and stroke. Other common health issues include heart disease, dental disease, and nerve damage. Continue reading What to Know About Diabetic Eye Health
Dean Amundsen, OD, is a practicing optometrist out of California. A member of the American Optometric Association, Dr. Amundsen focuses on primary eye care, cataract, refractive surgery co-management, technological advances in eye care, and the care of eye diseases like conjunctivitis, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. We were able to ask him a few questions to help us understand what he believes has helped in his success.
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Gary S. Kirman, OD, is a practicing optometrist out of Pennsylvania. Throughout his schooling, Dr. Kirman trained in several subspecialties, including low vision, management and care of eye diseases, and pediatric vision. He joined his father’s practice in 1986 and earned Optometrist of the Year and “Young Optometrist of the Year” awards from the Pennsylvania Optometric Association. Dr. Kirman is dedicated to providing eye care for all patients, and he has shared his insights into the world of business and optometry.
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Randy Peters, OD, is a practicing optometrist out of Ohio. A member of the American Optometric Association and Vision Source, Dr. Peters owns his own practice and specializes in primary eye care, contact lenses, and ocular disease. He uses several advanced optical technologies, allowing for the most state-of-the-art eye health and vision exams.
Like Dr. Sasha Radford, we were fortunate enough to ask Dr. Peters a series of questions to find out what he attributes to his success. If you don’t have time to read it right now, you can download the PDF and save it for later. Continue reading Let’s Talk Business with Randy Peters, OD
Sasha Radford, OD, is a practicing optometrist out of Illinois. A member of the American Optometric Association, Dr. Radford attributes her success to “personalized and attentive patient care.” To help us understand more of what she credits her successes to, we asked her a series of questions to dive into her pillars of success.
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