Opinion

Columns/Features

From The Editor

With Michael D. DePaolis, OD, FAAO

PCON Editor Dr. DePaolis shares his perspectives on each issue's editorial coverage.

Glaucoma Perspectives

With Murray Fingeret, OD

Dr. Fingeret analyzes the direction of glaucoma management.

Tax Tips for the OD

With Mark E. Battersby

Tax law interpreted and applied to the optometric practice.

What's Your Diagnosis?

With Leo P. Semes, OD

Editor Leo P. Semes, OD, solicits authors with actual cases challenging readers to make the diagnosis based on clinical findings.

Social Media and the OD

With Agustin Gonzalez, OD

Dr. Gonzalez shares ways to communicate with patients and effectively market your practice.

Medicare Coding

With Charles Brownlow, OD

Dr. Brownlow offers advice on navigating the complexities of proper coding and Medicare regulations.

Perspectives on Glaucoma

Members of the Optometric Glaucoma Society discuss recent research and its relevance to clinical practice.

Worth Building

With Kenneth W. Rudzinski, CFP, CRCP, CLU, ChFC, CASL, CAP

Mr. Rudzinski provides tips on investments and retirement planning.

PCON 250

With Primary Care Optometry News

Bloggers

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Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute optometrists Brooks Alldredge, OD, and Kerri Norris, OD, FAAO, discuss comanagement of cataract, refractive, glaucoma and corneal surgical cases, including surgical concepts and postoperative complications. The authors report no financial disclosures.

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BLOG: Systemic disease can affect cataract surgery outcomes

December 13, 2018

Josh Johnston, OD, FAAO, evaluates the nuances integral to success with new technology for premium cataract surgery. He is the clinical and residency director at Georgia Eye Partners in Atlanta. Johnston reports he is a consultant to Alcon, Allergan, Bio-Tissue, Johnson & Johnson Vision and Shire.

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BLOG: How to talk to patients through the cataract process

December 11, 2018
Scott A. Edmonds, OD, FAAO, focuses his blog on the role of the optometrist in health care reform – moving from primary eye care to primary health care. He is the chief medical officer of MARCH Vision Care, the co-director of the Low Vision/Contact Lens Service at Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia and a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board. 

Disclosure: Edmonds is a consultant for March Vision and OcuHub.

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BLOG: Election results provide mixed message for Medicaid

December 7, 2018
The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association International is an interdisciplinary group of professionals dedicated to providing patients who have physical or cognitive disabilities as a result of an acquired brain injury with a complete ocular health evaluation and optimum visual rehabilitation education and services to improve their quality of life.
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BLOG: The importance of baseline concussion screenings

November 30, 2018
John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, focuses his blog on new technologies and innovations and how ophthalmic practices can best incorporate them to benefit patients.
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BLOG: Embezzlement: It is your problem

November 15, 2018

In his blog, Doug Rett, OD, FAAO, digs deeper into questions every eye doctor has had at one point in his or her career. He sees patients and works with students and residents at the optometry clinic for the VA Boston Healthcare System and will use his blog to bring the teaching points he sees in clinic to a larger audience. Contact him at doctorrett@gmail.com.

Disclosure: Rett has no relevant financial disclosures.

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How does neurotrophic keratitis happen?

November 6, 2018

In his videos, Agustin L. Gonzalez, OD, FAAO, advises optometrists on communicating with patients and effectively marketing the private practice through the use of social media. Gonzalez is in private practice in Dallas, serves as adjunct faculty at InterAmerican University and is a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board.

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BLOG: Why do I need an eye exam?

October 26, 2018
John A. Hovanesian, MD, FACS, focuses his blog on real-world comanagement cases with valuable take-home messages. Dr. Hovanesian is a specialist in cornea, external ocular disease and refractive and cataract surgery with Harvard Eye Associates in Laguna Hills, Calif., a clinical instructor at UCLA Jules Stein Eye Institute and a member of the Primary Care Optometry News Editorial Board.
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BLOG: Look outside of eye care for innovations

October 18, 2018

Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute optometrists Aaron Bronner, OD, (Kennewick, Wash.) and Ami Halvorson, OD, (Portland, Ore.) discuss comanagement of cataract, refractive, glaucoma and corneal surgical cases, including surgical concepts and postoperative complications. The authors report no financial disclosures.

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BLOG: Putting the ‘me’ in the treatment of CME

October 12, 2018

Dr. Gupta’s blog is designed to cover the latest innovations in ocular surface and MGD diagnosis and treatment from a practical, clinical perspective. Topics will range from dry eye demographics to treatment pearls and workflow tips and tricks, all focusing on real-world implementation of techniques and technologies.

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BLOG: Safe, short-term steroid use for dry eye flares

August 13, 2018
Darrell E. White, MD, is the founder of Skyvision Centers in Ohio. His blog for Ocular Surgery News will focus on issues related to dry eye disease.
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BLOG: Lumify gets the red out — finally

May 24, 2018
Melissa Toyos, MD, focuses her blog on glaucoma treatment tips and hot topics.
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BLOG: Topical prostaglandins and MIGS

April 23, 2018
John B. Pinto, Practice Consultant and OSN Section Editor, focuses his blog on ophthalmic strategic planning, economics and benchmarking, marketing, cost containment, revenue enhancement, physician leadership and personnel/physician career development issues.
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BLOG: $10 million club: Solving problems on the way to becoming a much larger practice, part 1

January 11, 2018
John D. Kelly IV, MD, is a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He focuses his blog on helping surgeons reduce stress while achieving balance in their practices and families.
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BLOG: Patient-related outcomes: A novel way to prevent burnout

November 6, 2017
David M. Glaser, JD, is a health care attorney at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A. He focuses his blog on health care legal issues and policy-related health topics, ranging from how to operate ancillary services to methods for shaping the health care reform debate.
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BLOG: Gainsharing/co-management is a great opportunity for physicians, hospitals

October 17, 2017
Savak "Sev" Teymoorian, MD, MBA, focuses his blog on the latest glaucoma medications, treatment strategies and surgical advances.
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BLOG: Using ERG to be proactive as opposed to reactive in glaucoma

January 27, 2017

Gary L. Morgan, OD, focuses his blog on AMD prevention, strategies for monitoring patients with AMD, the effects of blue light on the retina and mitigating the unforeseen effects of technology on vision and overall health. He is in private practice at Eye Tech Associates in Arizona.

Disclosure: Morgan is an advisory board member for Arctic Dx, MacuHealth and Signet Armorlite.

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BLOG: Light exposure – wavelength, timing, moderation, diligence

January 24, 2017

Helgi David Björnsson, MD, a YO member of the OSN Europe Edition Board, focuses his blog on online resources for learning and sharing information and ideas in ophthalmology. Each month, one website or other digital resource will be presented and explored in depth.

Questions and comments are welcome.

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BLOG: Online training course helpful in evaluating optic disc changes

October 31, 2016

Priya Narang, MS, focuses her blog on complex cataract surgery cases, new techniques and innovations, along with unique case reports.

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BLOG: Traumatic pseudophacocele

July 13, 2016
Ron Rosa, OD, has practiced optometry in North County and Encinitas, Calif., for more than 25 years and was named the Patients’ Choice Award winner for Encinitas optometrists. His blog offers advice on relating to patients, keeping them happy and being a likable doctor.
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BLOG: How to break bad news to patients

January 8, 2016

The blog will present informative and educational content on all aspects of patient financing within health care practices.

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BLOG: Patient financing also can be used as a marketing tool

August 3, 2015
Patellofemoral Update focuses on the causes, prevention and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. The blog is sponsored by The Patellofemoral Foundation whose mission is to improve the care of individuals with anterior knee pain through targeted education and research. The Patellofemoral Foundation offers additional online education resources on its website.
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BLOG: Health care providers need to consider options offered by patient financing programs

July 1, 2015