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Lens-based strategies to address reading issues due to mild, disease-related vision loss

We all see patients with mild vision loss who say their vision does not allow them to read the way they once could. Consider these strategies when refraction doesn’t yield a vision improvement and further disease treatment isn’t warranted.

Restoring sight to the blind? Study shines light on optogenetics in RP

A new study reports partial recovery of visual function in a patient with late-stage retinitis pigmentosa using optogenetic therapy, a first for researchers looking into the neurodegenerative disease.

Stress test

The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on mental health, creating a domino effect of sorts. An increase in stress creates an influx of patients with new complaints. That influx leads to busier schedules, on top of all the other stressors that come with the pandemic—and ultimately, doctor burnout. How can you help patients when stress takes over? Moreover, how can you help yourself?

4 office-based surgical procedures courses to help patients achieve a better quality of life

As contemporary optometry evolves, opportunities will open up for doctors of optometry to expand surgical procedures in their practices. A series of courses on these office-based procedures will be offered at Optometry’s Meeting®.

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.
Gene testing, therapy: 4 considerations for IRDs

Inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) cause severe visual impairment, but advances in genetic testing and therapy offer a glimmer of hope—how optometry can get involved.

Conversation continues: AOA Emergency Children’s Vision Summit

The virtual Children’s Vision Summit is part of a yearlong dialogue being led by the AOA on how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting the eye health of children across the country. Doctors of optometry answer questions raised by their colleagues from the summit.

Eye and the storms

Extreme weather changes due to climate change can affect eye health. Here’s how doctors of optometry can prepare.

To address emerging children’s vision crisis due to COVID-19, AOA summit puts optometry in the lead

Hundreds of AOA member doctors of optometry attend the March 24 Emergency Children’s Vision Summit to help develop a path forward as the nation emerges from the depths of the pandemic. The event was the first of a yearlong, AOA-led conversation on children’s eye care and vision health.

This Diabetes Alert Day, valuable resources to help care for patients

Research has shown that co-morbidities matter when it comes to patients surviving COVID-19. One of those co-morbidities of concern is diabetes, and doctors of optometry annually detect thousands of diabetes-related manifestations in the eyes.

Pennsylvania doctors of optometry put high priority on children’s eye health and vision care

For decades, members of the Pennsylvania Optometric Association have taken their message about how essential comprehensive eye examinations are to children’s development to parents, school nurses, educators, legislators and other health care providers. Now doctors of optometry there are making a different, even stronger commitment to children’s vision. Hundreds of doctors have stepped up.