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Research on eye aberrations not abstract to award-winning scientists

For the sixth consecutive year, the AOA is sponsoring the Investigator Initiated Research Award. Investigators are invited to electronically submit proposals by June 15 for projects designed to increase knowledge through basic clinical and/or translational science related to the continuum of eye and vision care. Jason Marsack, Ph.D., talks about the work he and his collaborators are currently pursuing in the laboratory.

AOA, CooperVision mobilize to ‘disrupt the status quo,’ advance new standard of care for children with myopia

The Myopia Collective’s goal is to elevate the standard of care for children with myopia, shifting the focus beyond optical correction to embracing comprehensive treatment. The collective’s “Change Agents” will lead the charge. Doctors of optometry across the country provide more than two-thirds of primary eye health and vision care.

What do the experts say on genetic testing for IRDs?

Genetic testing and counseling are critical for patients with inherited retinal diseases (IRDs). A new AOA resource offers insights into the role doctors of optometry play in considering genetic testing for IRDs, including providing in-office testing or referring to offices that do.

Pediatric keratoconus prevalence higher than believed, may change care approach

Sensitive screening in pediatric populations can help promote early diagnosis and intervention, ultimately saving vision, improving patients’ quality of life and preventing the need for corneal transplantation surgery.

Educate Your Patients

As the nation’s primary eye health care providers, doctors of optometry must inform patients on how a comprehensive eye exam is a critical part of overall health maintenance. Use these resources to educate patients.

Making blurry vision clear

February is Low Vision Awareness Month. Take note of considerations for enhancing success with near magnification.

Unblurring the lines

As Americans grow older, the eyes show their age, too. The lens loses elasticity, causing a slow decline of accommodation. And patients, in a sense blindsided by this natural sign of aging, head to their doctor of optometry to help preserve their quality of life at work, home and play. Doctors of optometry are in a unique position to help patients preserve their quality of life and independence as presbyopia advances. Fortunately for patients and doctors, there have never been more options for managing presbyopia.

Appreciating optometry’s value to patients with diabetes and their primary care physicians

The American Diabetes Association® (ADA) reported, in time for National Diabetes Month in November, that total annual costs of diabetes in 2022 was $412.9 billion, most of it in direct medical costs. How can doctors of optometry help in the fight to lower the prevalence of diabetes?

9 benefits of introducing laser procedures into your practice

Doctors of optometry should consider the benefits of adding office-based laser procedures, such as YAG capsulotomy (after cataract surgery) or selective laser trabeculoplasty (SLT, for glaucoma), to their practice.

5 considerations if you’re thinking about adding laser procedures to your practice

Doctors of optometry are performing office-based laser procedures in 11 states, as AOA affiliates have seen historic scope expansion wins in the past four years and momentum continues to build. Doctors of optometry are pursuing legislation in other states that would allow them to serve their patients at the highest level of their education and training. Some of these optometrists, who have performed hundreds of laser procedures, share key considerations in providing this care to patients.

Optometrist-performed YAG capsulotomies shown effective, safe and beneficial for patients

Currently, licensed doctors of optometry in 10 states perform YAG laser capsulotomy and a new study provides further evidence to support its use in optometric practice.