Two new glaucoma drugs approved in late 2017 are not on the 2018 Medicare Part D formulary, creating quandaries for physicians who would like to prescribe them and for patients who may have to pay out of pocket.
Some optometrists are very aware of the role of nutrition in systemic and eye health and give it a prominent role in discussions with patients; others may refer to it only peripherally while reviewing a patient history form.
Patients with irregular corneas due to conditions such as keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, or refractive surgery will always challenge the eye-care practitioner (ECP) to create just the right contact lens (CL) design.
Glaucoma was once largely synonymous with elevated IOP, but the definition has altered as doctors have learned more about its causes, diagnosis, and treatment.
As the technology arms race proceeds, having a Web site no longer constitutes being on the cutting edge for an optometric practice.
Evidence is mounting that ocular perfusion pressure — arterial pressure minus intraocular pressure — is an important risk factor for open-angle glaucoma.
Area "Avatar" and other 3D movies an emerging public health opportunity for optometry as well as box office blockbusters?
As aides to eye-care professionals, paraoptometrics can use their clinical expertise to prevent patients from committing a myriad of contact-lens wearer "crimes," including wearing the same pair of disposable contact lenses for months at a time, rewetting lenses in their mouths, or growing a bacteria colony in their lens cases.
An evolution in glaucoma therapy is underway, shifting from a reliance solely on medication and surgery, to a greater understanding of disease pathology and risk factors in the conversion of ocular hypertension to glaucoma.
The connection between pregnancy and the eyes may not be obvious, but several ocular changes, such as dry eyes or declines in IOP, can occur during pregnancy.