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Using visuals helps overcome numeracy issues and improves understanding

The COVID-19 pandemic and the U.S. election have shone a spotlight on a stark fact: many people struggle with numbers. It’s understandable that the daily barrage of statistics would cause confusion, given that only 9 percent of U.S. adults have proficient numeracy, or the ability to understand and interpret numbers, according to data from the U.S. Department of Education.Read More

How to identify, engage, and maintain continuity of care with these patients

Treating patients with chronic conditions was named one of the top challenges facing doctors in 2020 by Medical Economics. And that was before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Managing the care of the 6 in 10 American adults who have a chronic disease entails regular visits with providers and also requires patients to adhere to their self-care and treatment plans between appointments. With COVID-19 causing delays and disruptions in health care, what is the best way to manage chronic disease patients now?Read More

How to gather and use feedback to provide better care

Are patients more or less satisfied with their doctors during COVID-19? The answer may surprise you. Even during this unusual time—especially during this time—it’s important to monitor and respond to patient feedback in your practice. Surveying patients can give you valuable insights into what they value now and where to focus your efforts moving forward. Here are some findings from health care providers over the past few months.Read More

Sufferers have increased and adherence has dropped during the pandemic; why patient education is key

A year ago, the Ophthalmology Times reported on the prevalence of dry eye disease (DED), calling it a “critical and significant public health issue” in the U.S. While a 2017 study estimated that 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with DED, the actual number of people suffering from dry eye is likely much higher—with some reports indicating that nearly half of all U.S. adults experience dry eye signs and symptoms.Read More

Increasing awareness among glaucoma patients undergoing cataract surgery

There are about 3 million people over the age of 40 diagnosed with glaucoma in the U.S. It is one of the top two leading causes of blindness in this patient population, and the number is expected to triple by 2050. Yet only about 50 percent of patients know they have this blinding disease—and more than half of patients with glaucoma who undergo cataract surgery miss out on the opportunity to have a simultaneous surgery that could allow them to avoid long-term glaucoma therapy. Are you and your patients aware of the latest innovation in MIGS?Read More