I give you my “three cheers for optometry,” a list of ways optometrists can do great things.
Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
We now live in the age of refractive cataract surgery. As optometrists, we think daily about refractive endpoints for glasses and contact lenses. But few think about it in terms of ocular surgery.
I was sitting with my extended family demonstrating my multitasking skills (petting my dog, listening to my son tell stories to his grandparents, reading Facebook, and working on my blog), when I came across a delightful post about an OD’s experience with “teenspeak”—this is the language teens use to sound cool. One particular term was foreign to me: on fleek.
Being from Wisconsin, I was more familiar with a snowmobile, but a jet ski sounded fine to me. We got two. And yes, they were fun to ride. But I learned a great many things—which I can apply to both life and optometry—from that idiot machine.
Modern ophthalmic cataract surgery now employs sophisticated techniques to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction. This includes surgical systems providing better control, lasers to perform manual techniques, and intraoperative evaluation to evaluate surgical endpoints before the patient leaves the operating room (OR).