AREDS 2

By Linda Hardy, CPOT, LDO, COA
Monday, February 6, 2017 3:15 PM

For many patients diagnosed with macular degeneration, an important part of their treatment has to do with the AREDS 2 study. (Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2, www.areds2.org) This article explains the AREDS 2 Study, how the study was conducted, and why it is so important for those patients diagnosed with macular degeneration and their families.

Why Are My Eyes Dilated?

By Linda Hardy, LDO, CPOT, COA
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 11:05 AM Throughout any normal day, we see many emergency office visits. One recently peaked my interest –  a patient called and said she thought her cat scratched her eye. Her eye was tearing profusely and light sensitive, but her biggest concern was her dilated pupil. This young lady had rinsed her eye with some over the counter allergy drops, and after 10 to 15 minutes she noticed her pupil was very dilated.

When Blue Light Strikes

By Marlon Lopez, ABOC, NCLE
Monday, January 9, 2017 12:15 PM
Our eyes are designed specifically to process light and it’s difficult to think that over the course of a lifetime that light damages them. Here is the key thought: an “Excess” of high-energy light. Exposure to all types of visible and non-visible light happens continuously and it has a direct impact on our body and mind, some positive, some negative. It’s impossible to stop the transmission of light or to know which is the most valuable for our well-being. But, based on what we’ve learned, we can certainly filter what experts have learned as potentially damaging high-energy visible light and prevent it from harming us over a lifetime.

SIGHT, The Story of Vision Documentary Shown on PBS January 5-9

By Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 1:23 PM SIGHT, The Story of Vision documentary, narrated by Sir Elton John, will be shown across the US on Jan 5th, 6th and 9th on PBS World channels. We invite you to view this exciting documentary about the medicine, technology, science and humanity of our industry. For more information, visit this Facebook link.

The Power and Politics Of The PD, Part Four of Four

By Barry Santini, ABOM
Monday, January 2, 2017 11:10 AM If we look at the dynamics of oversight for prescription eyewear worldwide, we note how the regulatory atmosphere is changing with the arrival of online prescription eyewear. For example, in 2010, the Canadian Health Minister in British Colombia, responding to a court case involving a prominent online optical retailer, was prompted to review the current regulations concerning eyeglasses contained in the applicable Canada's Health Professionals Act.

Dry Verses Wet Macular Degeneration

By Linda Hardy, LDO, CPOT, COA
Monday, December 19, 2016 12:15 PM If you see many geriatric patients, there is no doubt you see a lot of macular issues. There is a lot of confusion among patients and families of the patients between wet and dry macular degeneration. In fact, some think that wet macular degeneration is a better diagnosis to have since laser surgery can be performed.

The Power and Politics Of The PD, Part Three of Four

By Barry Santini, ABOM
Monday, December 19, 2016 12:10 PM If we look at the dynamics of oversight for prescription eyewear worldwide, we note how the regulatory atmosphere is changing with the arrival of online prescription eyewear. For example, in 2010, the Canadian Health Minister in British Colombia, responding to a court case involving a prominent online optical retailer, was prompted to review the current regulations concerning eyeglasses contained in the applicable Canada's Health Professionals Act.

The Power And Politics Of The PD, Part Two of Four

By Barry Santini, ABOM
Monday, December 12, 2016 12:15 PM The sale of eyeglasses has been the single greatest revenue generator for optical stores. But you can't begin the sale of glasses without first having an Rx, and eye exams are financed in large part through participation in vision care plans (VCPs). For most consumers, the scheduling of exams and availability of eyewear allowances is set through the VCP’s logistics.

The Power And Politics Of The PD, Part One of Four

By Barry Santini, ABOM
Monday, December 5, 2016 12:15 PM

Probably no question elicits more surprise and emotion from eye care professionals than when they're asked: “Can I have a copy of my Rx and PD?” Why? Because this innocent request is really an arrow aimed straight at the heart of historical "control" ECPs have had over the sale of prescription eyewear. If we step back and take a longer perspective, we can see that this is just the latest manifestation of a consumer empowerment process that began more than three decades ago.

Wintertime and Dry Eyes

By Linda Hardy, LDO, CPOT, COA
Monday, November 14, 2016 12:05 AM

Winter is right around the corner; it is time to prepare for the cold winter months. This includes not only changing your wardrobe but also preparing your body for possible effects of the environment on your health. These changes can include issues with Dry Eye Syndrome. Symptoms include itchy, dry eyes that can be painful, blurred, watery vision, and an uncomfortable burning sensation. Even mild dehydration can affect the watery component of the eye.

Eyes on the Stars, Part Three of Three—Vision Care and the Mars Mission

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, November 7, 2016 12:10 AM In the meantime, Dr. Gibson and NASA colleagues have developed some hypotheses about space and changes of vision: “We do feel that a lot of these changes to the eye and to vision are due to the fluid shifts that occur in space flight. In a weightless environment the fluids tend to shift towards the head, we call it a cephalic fluid shift, so if you look at pictures of astronauts in space they get kind of a puffy face, they get kind of the bird leg syndrome, their legs get skinny and their face gets kinda puffy, and that’s because the fluids in the body are redistributed to the upper body. And we think that the fluid distribution to the head could cause some or all of these changes.

Eyes on the Stars, Part Two of Three—Vision Care and the Mars Mission

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, October 31, 2016 10:05 AM A couple of weeks ago, I brought you the first part of my interview with Dr. Bob Gibson, manager of NASA’s Eye Clinic at the Flight Medicine Clinic at Johnson Space Center. That article involved conducting exams on astronauts while they’re aboard the ISS (spoiler, in case you didn’t read that article: it’s tough), and the use of Silhouettes as astronauts’ preferred frame of choice. This time, however, though, we’ll be switching gears a bit, moving away from the more lighthearted topics of frame styling in space and on to a more pressing topic with serious implications for the future of human space exploration: the effects of outer space on vision and eye health.

Eyes on the Stars, Part 1: NASA’s Eye Clinic, and Glasses in Outer Space

By Preston Fassel, BS
Monday, October 24, 2016 10:05 AM What’s the most unconventional eye exam you’ve ever been a part of? Perhaps someone with unique special needs? A celebrity? A patient who’d been injured in unusual circumstances? I myself once assisted in removing debris from a patient’s eye after he hit himself in the face with an extension cord while pretending it was a lasso.

Check Local PBS Listings for Debut Dates of Documentary, ‘Sight: The Story of Vision’

By OH Staff
Monday, October 10, 2016 12:15 AM

NEW YORK—The documentary film “Sight: The Story of Vision” will follow up its limited opening this past weekend with a full-scale national debut on public television stations around the nation this week through October, coinciding primarily with World Sight Day on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Toxoplasmosis

By Linda Hardy, LDO, CPOT, COA
Monday, September 19, 2016 9:10 AM

If you are like me, you see 20 plus patients per day. Most patients are just in for routine exams, updating their glasses and contacts. Occasionally a patient that listed no past history of problems and no unusual chief complaints shows the following in their retinal photo.

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