Catch up on what happened in optometry during the week of September 11-September 15.
Catch up with what Optometry Times®' shared this week:
Diana Canto-Sims, OD
The average capture rate for optometric practices is around 50% to 55%.1 In our practice, we have been able to maintain over 80% capture rate for the past year despite a global pandemic and inflation.
As optometrists, we graduate from optometry school feeling confident about caring for our patients’ vision and eye health; however, we sometimes need more help on the retail side of our practice. As a practice owner, you must balance your eye care clinic and a retail dispensary. Some may say this is running 2 separate businesses.
Here are 3 steps my practice took to achieve a high capture rate in our optical.
Sheryl Stevenson, Eye Care Group Editorial Director
In December, The Optometry Times EyeCon 2023 will gather the nation’s leading eye care professionals to share new data and practical strategies that clinicians can apply in their practices. The dual tracks for optometry and ophthalmology foster greater communication among eye care professionals about the latest technology, best practices, and patient care. The conference will take place from December 1 to 2 at the Marriott Sanibel Harbour Resort and Spa in Fort Myers, Florida.
Cochair Peter J. McDonnell, MD, director of the Wilmer Eye Institute at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, recently spoke with Group Editorial Director Sheryl Stevenson about what is uniqueatthis year’s EyeCon 2023.
David Hutton, Managing Editor, Ophthalmology Times
Bausch + Lomb Corp. announced the US commercial launch of perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution (Miebo) for treatment of the signs and symptoms of dry eye disease (DED).
According to the company, perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution is the first and only prescription eye drop approved for DED that directly targets tear evaporation.
In a news release, Andrew Stewart, president, Global Pharmaceuticals and International Consumer, Bausch + Lomb, pointed out that more and more Americans are suffering from dry eye disease, due in large part to today’s multi-screen lifestyles.
Martin David Harp, Associate Editor, Ophthalmology Times
The FDA has issued warning letters to 8 companies for manufacturing or marketing unapproved ophthalmic drug products in violation of federal law.
These warnings come amidst an increased amount of complications and issues caused from unapproved eye drops, as the FDA states they are trying to “protect Americans from potentially harmful ophthalmic products.”1
As stated in a press release from the FDA, the products being addressed in these letters are “illegally marketed to treat conditions such as conjunctivitis (pink eye), cataracts, glaucoma and others.” While some of the letters also cite certain companies for quality issues related to product sterility.1
Kassi Jackson, Editor; Jessica Crooker, OD
Jessica Crooker, OD, sits down with Optometry Times to discuss common pitfalls optometrists run into when fitting multifocal contact lenses and how to avoid them.
Leo P. Semes, OD, FAAO
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) represents a considerable burden with many facets. Considering the epidemiological, public health, fiscal, and individual impacts, AMD may be the most devastating ophthalmic disease. Despite recent developments for management of both wet (neovascular) and dry (non-neovascular) AMD, as well as geographic atrophy (GA), vision preservation remains the holy grail for practitioners and patients.
AMD is more than twice as prevalent as Alzheimer disease, and outstrips the prevalence of both diabetic retinopathy (DR) and glaucoma.1-3 Currently, AMD affects at least 20 million adults (> 40 years of age) in the United States.4 This includes those living with both vision-threatening and non–vision-threatening types of the condition, but does not include those affected as caregivers or employers, for example, according to the CDC.4 Prevalence increases exponentially with increasing age, especially over 80 years. According to projections from the National Eye Institute,5 the problem is not expected to abate.