Letters to the editor-alternates to amniotic membrane; Dr. Bowling's editorials


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Alternative amniotic membrane

I read the amniotic membrane article in the September issue (“Using amniotic membrane in the primary care office”) by Dr. Gregg Russell. (Love Optometry Times, by the way!) The article was good, but it centered around only Prokera. I've switched over to Aril dried membrane discs by Seed Biotech, distributed by Blythe Medical. They're easy to insert, comfortable, and very affordable (price varies around $250 per disc). There are two sizes, 8 mm and 12 mm. We keep them in place with an extended wear contact lens for several days. I haven't seen any studies, but anecdotally they work as well as the Prokera. 

David Chandler, OD

Anniston, AL


Dr. Bowling’s thoughtful editorials

I wanted to thank Chief Optometric Editor Dr. Ernie Bowling for his insightful and thought-provoking articles. I often find myself sharing them with my partners and senior staff members. The recent article asking the critical question, “What type of doctor do you want to be?” (“What Doctored can teach us about optometry,” page 3) was especially provoking, as was your article, “What’s the value of eyecare?” (January 2015)

I shared this particular insight with my sons, who aspire to become ophthalmologists and optometrists, as well as my resident and my colleagues. 

I did not want the opportunity to pass without acknowledging your work and talent.

Nick Despotidis, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, FIOA

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Hamilton, NJ



I have just read your editorial in the January issue (“What’s the value of eyecare?”).

This is a very succinct and great article. I agree completely that we first have to respect ourselves and the value of what we do. Only then will our patients begin to respect us and our work.

Gary Sneag, OD

San Diego


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