Parts 1 through 4 of this series described the importance of determining the visual axis measurement to maximize patient visual comfort and satisfaction with PALs. This final installment introduces methods and devices to obtain that measurement.
In most places, winter is almost always cold and windy. The heaters are running full blast. This can drastically drop the humidity level in your home and vehicle, which can cause eyes to dry out quickly. Dry eyes can lead to discomfort, pain, itching, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and excessive tearing. With so many complications, it is worthwhile to discuss possible dry eye issues with all patients, especially contact lens wearers.
Two pairs of socks, layered sweaters, and two pairs of gloves have been the norm for the past couple weeks in much of the country. But the bitter cold presents risks to eyes as well as fingers and toes, and ECPs can face some unusual patient scenarios.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve seen some pretty interesting things during clinic time. I recently had the amazing experience of meeting a young man with albinism. In the United States and Europe, there are only one in 18,000 to 20,000 people who have some type of albinism. He was only the second patient I have had the opportunity to work with, and the first Caucasian male. I decided to research the condition.
In this age of digital devices, many of us still indulge in the pleasure of reading hardcopy books. The intriguing cover illustration never turns off. It’s always there on the nightstand inviting you to take the next peek inside. A book never needs to be recharged, can survive a coffee spill, and doesn’t emanate nasty blue light. Yet, like their electronic counterparts, books present visual challenges.
Hi, my name is Catherine Palmigiano and I am a scribe for Lakeside Vision in Hawley, Pennsylvania. What is a Scribe and what do we do? Scribes are a great way for optometrists to improve a practice. A scribe is a doctor’s assistant, helping with note taking, impressions, coding, and billing. These essential functions free the optometrist of routine responsibilities to provide greater medical care and education for the patient. Scribes enable the doctors to see more patients by assuming routine tasks typical of patient care. Correctly coding and ensuring that patients return for proper diagnostic testing at specified times are also a scribe’s duties and vital for any practice to run smoothly and efficiently.