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.

How does neurotrophic keratitis happen?

November 6, 2018

Because my last post discussed herpes zoster ophthalmicus and the vaccine recently developed to fight shingles, I thought we could continue the theme this month and…

BLOG: What’s the role of the eye care provider in preventing shingles?

September 6, 2018

I work in a veteran’s hospital, so I see a lot of older patients. Recently the emergency room called up to the eye clinic and asked us to see a 75-year-old patient…

BLOG: Is there a laterality preference in any ocular disease?

August 6, 2018

For the longest time, I’ve tried to find an eye disease that happens more in the right eye than in the left eye (or vice versa). Artery occlusion, episcleritis…

BLOG: Why does band keratopathy happen at 3:00 and 9:00?

July 6, 2018

I recently saw a patient with a phthisical eye due to multiple vitrectomies and a chronic retinal detachment, and the examining intern pointed out the band keratopathy…

BLOG: Does anti-VEGF work for the cornea?

June 1, 2018

In the retina field, it seems like there is nothing for which anti-VEGF injections cannot be used. Originally designed to limit the vasculature supply of tumors in cases…

BLOG: How does IOP change when we sleep?

March 28, 2018

Last month we talked about how long it takes for IOP medications to wash out of a patient’s system. We found that some medications washed out faster during daytime…

BLOG: How long is the washout period for glaucoma medication?

February 21, 2018

Last week an intern and I were managing an older patient who was a low-risk suspect for glaucoma. He had been treated for about 5 years with a prostaglandin analogue…

BLOG: What is a conjunctival membrane made of?

January 31, 2018

I recently saw a patient with a nasty case of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. His right eye was quite red with significant lid edema, crusting of the lashes, follicular…

BLOG: Why do we use glue on the eye?

December 27, 2017

If you Google “ocular Super Glue” you mostly get entries about people accidentally instilling superglue into their eyes. It’s usually kids playing with…

BLOG: How do amniotic membranes work?

November 27, 2017

The fact that we, as eye doctors, can use amniotic membranes in our daily practice is a pretty amazing testament to how far medicine has come in the 21st century. But…