Primary Care Optometry News, October 2015
Michael D. DePaolis, OD, FAAO
The French philosopher Voltaire once quipped, “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient until nature cures the disease.” Ouch. As someone who toils daily at enhancing vision and eradicating ocular disease, I find Voltaire’s assertion a bit offensive. However, bruised ego aside, there is some truth in his words. Take keratoconus, for instance.
Since my early days with Drs. Robert Morrison and James Aquavella, I have been immersed in keratoconus. I learned quickly that the complexity and demands of keratoconus patients are diametrically opposed to running a busy, efficient practice. In other words, if you are seeing 25 to 30 patients daily, you do not want all of them to have keratoconus.