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Optometry Today

From time to time I read an article that makes me want to shake my head. One such article is a commentary in The Washington Times, “The government’s war on contact lenses.” To summarize, author Eric Peters thinks contact lenses are regulated not out of concern for eye health, but because “we have crony capitalism for contact lenses.”

He explains how in Europe and Japan we can buy contact lenses without a prescription, and people can go online now using Opternative get spectacle prescriptions, so why can’t we do the same for contact lenses? He compares the process to that of buying a car. We're not required to buy a car from any particular dealer.

Using his analogy, let’s shop for say, heart surgeons. Who’s giving the best deal on a bypass? Think I'll choose the one based on the lowest price? I don't think any person would.

The author makes us sound like a greedy bunch of SOBs because we happen to fit contact lenses. I really don't care where my patients buy their lenses. But I do care that contact lens fits properly and is healthy for the patient’s eyes. That’s my job. I'm the one accepting responsibility for the fit. That Chrysler dealer is not accepting responsibility for your driving habits.

It all comes down to a point the author missed: ocular health. Contact lenses are medical devices. I can write it again and again. These are not commodities.

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Optometry Today

From time to time I read an article that makes me want to shake my head. One such article is a commentary in The Washington Times, “The government’s war on contact lenses.” To summarize, author Eric Peters thinks contact lenses are regulated not out of concern for eye health, but because “we have crony capitalism for contact lenses.”

He explains how in Europe and Japan we can buy contact lenses without a prescription, and people can go online now using Opternative get spectacle prescriptions, so why can’t we do the same for contact lenses? He compares the process to that of buying a car. We're not required to buy a car from any particular dealer.

Using his analogy, let’s shop for say, heart surgeons. Who’s giving the best deal on a bypass? Think I'll choose the one based on the lowest price? I don't think any person would.

The author makes us sound like a greedy bunch of SOBs because we happen to fit contact lenses. I really don't care where my patients buy their lenses. But I do care that contact lens fits properly and is healthy for the patient’s eyes. That’s my job. I'm the one accepting responsibility for the fit. That Chrysler dealer is not accepting responsibility for your driving habits.

It all comes down to a point the author missed: ocular health. Contact lenses are medical devices. I can write it again and again. These are not commodities.

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OAT Quiz of the Week

If you get a 100 on one of the quizzes for every month, you'll earn member points! Points will be added during the end of the month.

(Updated 2/15/2017)

OAT Quiz of the Week

If you get a 100 on one of the quizzes for every month, you'll earn member points! Points will be added during the end of the month.

(Updated 2/15/2017)

Welcome to your OAT Practice Quiz

1) Thyroid hormone deficiency may result in...
2) Unemployment was the overriding fact of life when Franklin D. Roosevelt became President of the United States on March 4, 1933. An anomaly of the time was that the government did not systematically collect statistics of joblessness; actually it did not start doing so until 1940. The Bureau of Labor Statistics later estimated that 12,830,000 persons were out of work in 1933, about one-fourth of a civilian labor force of over fifty-one million.

Roosevelt signed the Federal Emergency Relief Act on May 12, 1933. The President selected Harry L. Hopkins, who headed the New York relief program, to run FERA. A gifted administrator, Hopkins quickly put the program into high gear. He gathered a small staff in Washington and brought the state relief organizations in to the FERA system. While the agency tried to provide all the necessities, food came first. City dwellers usually got an allowance for fuel, and rent for one month was provided in case of eviction.


This passage is primarily about...
3) When monochromatic light is refracted as it passes from air to glass, which of the following does not remain the same? (Assume wave is fully transmitted)
4) Which of the following is equal to tan(sin-1(7/√74))?

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Diagnosis of the Week

Diagnosis of the Week

Dislocated IOL (Intraocular Lens Dislocation)

During most cataract surgery procedures, the IOL is placed inside the capsular bag, a sack-like structure in the eye that previously contained the cloudy lens. In some situations, this extremely thin capsular bag or the fibers that hold it in place rupture and the IOL support is compromised.

Dislocation of the IOL can occur days to years after surgery and can be a result of factors during the original surgery, trauma to the eye, or diseases that affect the stability of the capsular bag.

 

Treatment and prognosis

Techniques for repairing a dislocated IOL fall into 2 categories. Your doctor will chose the one that is most appropriate based on your IOL type and the anatomy of your eye:

  • IOL rescue/reposition: The dislocated IOL is preserved and repositioned in a more stable location. The possibility of using the existing lens is based on many factors including the style and condition of the IOL.
  • IOL exchange: The IOL is removed and a new IOL is inserted.

Dislocated IOL (Intraocular Lens Dislocation)

During most cataract surgery procedures, the IOL is placed inside the capsular bag, a sack-like structure in the eye that previously contained the cloudy lens. In some situations, this extremely thin capsular bag or the fibers that hold it in place rupture and the IOL support is compromised.

Dislocation of the IOL can occur days to years after surgery and can be a result of factors during the original surgery, trauma to the eye, or diseases that affect the stability of the capsular bag.

 

Treatment and prognosis

Techniques for repairing a dislocated IOL fall into 2 categories. Your doctor will chose the one that is most appropriate based on your IOL type and the anatomy of your eye:

  • IOL rescue/reposition: The dislocated IOL is preserved and repositioned in a more stable location. The possibility of using the existing lens is based on many factors including the style and condition of the IOL.
  • IOL exchange: The IOL is removed and a new IOL is inserted.

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