November 2017 Eyes/Optics

Albinism and the Eye

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.

November 2017 Eyes/Optics

By the Book

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.
October 2017 Eyes/Optics

A Scribe’s View

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.
October 2017 Education

What Color Are My Socks?

Every morning, before he left for work, my dad would ask my sister and me, “What color are my socks?” He was satisfied if we said they were brown. We thought he was either trying to get our brains primed for the school day, or he just hadn’t taken the time to check before he rushed out to catch the train. Like most kids in those days, we didn’t question our parents much.

September 2017 Education

A Dispenser’s Guide to Compensation –
Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed Position of Wear measurements and how they affect compensated power. Now you’ll see why. Are all these measurements necessary? The answer is yes and no. To create compensated lenses, we must use values for one or more of the key POWs.
September 2017 Education

Athletes and Eye Injuries

All over the United States, kids are returning to school. The beginning of school is also the beginning of sports seasons. With any sport, there can be injuries. Eye injuries during sports are common and can be devastating. There are over 40,000 sports related eye injuries each year in the United States. Thirty percent of them are among children under age 17. Ninety percent of these eye injuries are preventable.
September 2017 Education

A Dispenser’s Guide to Compensation -
Part 1

In the beginning, corrective lenses were simple. They consisted of a spherical curve on the front and a spherical or toric curve on the back. If the front curve was a +6 and the back curve was a -5 the power of the lens was +1. Lens power was simple math, +6 + ( -5) = +1.