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A drug for acute NAION is currently in phase III clinical trials

After glaucoma, the second-most common source of optic nerve damage is Non-Arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION). We usually describe this to a patient as a “stroke in the eye,” where blood supply to the optic nerve is cut off due to conditions ranging from hypotension to carotid occlusive disease. This condition typically causes sudden and acute vision loss in one eye, without any pain. Some patients get marginal improvement with time, but usually the prognosis is poor. Read More

Updated guideline offers recommendations for patient education, pain meds, and more

Tonsillectomy is one of the most common surgical procedures in the U.S. The most recent data show that 289,000 ambulatory procedures are performed annually in children age 15 and younger. The American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNS) has released a 2019 guideline update on Tonsillectomy in Children. Read More

Guidelines from Special Olympics on caring for patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities

Approximately 6.5 million people in the U.S. have an intellectual disability, according to Special Olympics. Formerly known as mental retardation, intellectual disability is the most common developmental disability. Three of the best-known intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are Down syndrome, autism, and traumatic brain injury.Read More

Practical tips for reducing factors that can lead to burnout

It’s no secret that doctors face higher levels of stress than the average person.

One study found that 28 percent of doctors experience “above threshold” levels of stress, compared to 18 percent of the general population who report this level of stress on the job, according to Verywell Health, a doctor-reviewed website affiliated with The Cleveland Clinic.Read More

It’s safe, more affordable than ever, and useful for numerous indications

If there is one compelling example of the value of ultrasound technology in eye care, it’s an experience I had this past year. I was conducting a retina workshop at the Review of Optometry New Technology and Treatments Conference. To demonstrate how to obtain an ultrasound image, I asked for a volunteer with a pathology or symptom that would warrant a potential B-scan.Read More

Bring patients to your practice with proactive patient education about allergy testing and new treatments

It’s almost upon us—that time of year when more than 50 million Americans suffer through their days with tissues and Benadryl at the ready: spring allergy season. Allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.Read More