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Coming Soon: Maintain Your AAO Fellowship
Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) may soon be required to maintain competency of that title in order to keep it. Currently, once Fellowship in the AAO is achieved, it is held for life. But a new amendment to the AAO’s bylaws will change that.
Bridge the Gap in Informed Consent
The doctrine of informed consent is evolving, and most experts suggest that doctors constantly monitor changes in the approach and elaboration of the process. While this notion sounds ideal, it remains impractical for most of us. Also, it is not perfectly clear what role a referring optometrist has in the process. In the era of greater cost consciousness in health care, the time and objective financial costs of the process are also relevant.
Will LASIK Ever Bounce Back?

LASIK procedure volumes have plummeted since April 2008. By late April 2009, many LASIK centers reported procedure volumes off by 40% to 70% compared with the previous year, leading to severe revenue losses, significant staff reductions, and red ink aplenty.

So, where is the LASIK industry headed? When will it recover—and what might the LASIK marketplace look like when it does? How does this possibly affect our optometric practices?

Nutritional Therapeutics For the Eye
This paper provides an overview of specific micronutrients and their role in the prevention and/or treatment of age-related macular degeneration, cataract and glaucoma.
Anterior Segment OCT Revealed
Since its introduction more than 20 years ago, posterior segment imaging with optical coherence tomography has become the standard of care for diagnosing and managing both retinal and optic nerve disease. Anterior segment documentation with various imaging modalities, such as conventional ultrasound, has long been used in optometric practice. Now, with the introduction of time domain anterior segment OCT (AS-OCT) technology, you can generate in vivo, cross-sectional tissue imaging to provide diagnostic and management capabilities unlike ever before.
The Importance of Infant Eye Exams
Some fundamental concepts about vision make it truly unique. One such fundamental is that vision is a learned skill that develops over time. Unlike hearing, which is fully developed at birth, vision is rudimentary. When born, babies are routinely given an auditory evoked potential test, which is effective at detecting hearing loss. Vision can be tested at this time, but a visual evoked potential test cannot detect all vision problems.
A Cause of Vision Loss: Not the Obvious Suspect
An elderly woman, over the age of 89, presented to the William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center with a report of decreased vision during the last four weeks. The patient’s daughter reported that her normally independent mother had become disoriented and fearful during this period. Our patient reported that it was becoming more difficult to see numbers on elevators and that she was confused in unfamiliar places.
Bermuda 2009—CE Under the Sunny Skies
What’s better than pink sand, crystal blue skies, an endless coastline and enjoying colorful drinks decorated with little umbrellas after a day of soaking in outstanding CE? If you were one of the more than 130 O.D.s who attended Review of Optometry’s Bermuda 2009 conference in July, not much can compare to this unique and unforgettable experience.

Learn to Medically Manage Diabetes

Understand the systemic pathobiology of diabetes and how to treat it in order to provide your patients with the most comprehensive medical care possible.
By A. Paul Chous, M.A., O.D.

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