Back 2 School: Teaching Parents about Proper Adult Eye Care

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 by

Although most of your patients with children are diligent about bringing their kids in for regular eye exams, chances are good they’re putting off their own issues either because they attribute some vision loss to eye strain or age, or because they’re just too busy to think of themselves. Teaching parents about proper adult eye care can help mitigate the damage of age-related eye disease.

The most common age-related eye diseases are glaucoma, AMD, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Millions of Americans also suffer from problems with night vision. What most people don’t realize is that this can be an early indicator of cataracts, diabetic retinopathy and other ailments of the retina.


It’s important to impress upon your patients the need to have their eyes tested. Current diagnostic instruments, such as ultra-widefield retinal imaging, can detect serious issues sooner, which can result in better outcomes for their vision.


Understanding eye strain in the work environment is another area of patient-education worth considering. Many people suffer from dry or watery eyes, sore or fatigued eyes, headaches and sensitivity while at work, especially if they’re seated in front of computer terminals for extended periods of time. Teach patients who work in the office to give their eyes frequent …


Are You Prescribing the Right Ophthalmic Devices?

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 by

With so many ophthalmic devices now available to your patients, it can be difficult to get them to purchase from your practice. If you prescribe the right devices rather than simply suggesting what they need, you can use their selling points to encourage sales as add-ons for your practice.


Lenses which protect the eyes from blue light are strong selling features for patients. Most people spend at least a few hours a day in front of screens either at work or participating in leisure activities on tablets and mobile devices. Less exposure to blue light can also help stave off the formation of macular degeneration, which is another strong selling point for patients with a family history of this disease.


Even though anti-reflective coating is an additional cost, more than half of people purchasing glasses walk out with this feature. A strong selling point for this protection is not only the lack of glare from overhead lighting or sun, but also that it can lessen the magnification effect of lenses prescribed for nearsightedness. If your patient wears glasses full time, you might also mention that there will not be a glare in photographs from their lenses as well.


For …


Accolades Abound for Optos at the 2014 European Mediscience Awards

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by

The European Mediscience Awards is the largest annual conglomeration of healthcare, biotech and life sciences professionals in Europe. Sponsored by Kempen & Co., these awards celebrate the breakthrough of the year, the best technology of the year, as well as the contribution that has made the greatest impact on the industry.


Optos is proud to announce that our Daytona ultra-widefield imaging device has won this prestigious event’s Best Technology Award for 2014. The Daytona met this award’s conditions which are: innovative technology, proper funding and the capacity to be a significant commercial success. According to Optos’ CEO Roy Davis, “This award is recognition of not only the fantastic technology the company has developed, but also a nod to all of the employees that have worked extremely hard to make it so successful in the marketplace.” The Daytona UWF™ device currently represents 30% of installed Optos equipment in active use.


Daytona is feature-packed and is more compact and easier to service than previous UWF devices. Despite its smaller size, Daytona’s ergonomic design encourages a natural position for your patients while providing high quality images you’ve come to rely on to diagnose and treat your patients.


To learn more about partnering with Optos and incorporating Daytona UWF …


Beneficial Case Studies for Your Patient with Glaucoma

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by

Primary Care Optometry News is a publication that summarizes current studies being performed on patients in order to help ophthalmologists stay informed on the latest ways to maintain and treat patients with a variety of ailments.


This summer, Primary Care Optometry News published the results of several studies that demonstrate how early eye disease detection devices are making great strides in diagnosing glaucoma earlier, allowing ophthalmologists and their patients time to weigh in on treatments before the disease progresses too far.

An analysis originally found published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology studied patients with familial histories of primary open-angle glaucoma and a control group that did not. The group was divided by how closely related they were to family members that had the disease and then by healthy or non-healthy eyes. Using a comprehensive eye exam, the researchers found a significant thinning of the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL) and macular ganglion cell complex (MGCC) in those with a family history of glaucoma.


Another study performed showed a decrease of nearly 40 percent of undiagnosed cases of glaucoma in African Americans aged 50 and over by performing exams using OCT technology like the Optos OCT SLO. This study also showed a 5 …


Preparing Your Children for Their first Eye Exam

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by

Children learn from an early age that visits to the doctor can sometimes be a painful and frightening experience. Preparing your child for their first eye exam is important to help allay fears and ensure the exam is a success.

To begin, take a few minutes to sit with your child and explain that the eye doctor will show them pictures, letters or shapes on the wall and ask them to identify them. Let them know that eye exams are not painful, but that the doctor may put drops into their eyes, which might sting a little bit. Being open and honest with your child about what to expect is the best way to help them feel secure.


Discovering potential eye health issues early on in a child’s life is critical to providing effective treatment. In your child’s first year of life, doctors will be looking for conditions, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, amblyopia, astigmatism, light response, eye movement and alignment and other general conditions that affect the eye.


For children aged three to five, doctors will conduct a visual exam to check for the above issues, as well as a vision screening to determine your child’s ability to see the form …


Catch Optos at the 2014 FL Optometric Annual Convention

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by

The Florida Optometric Association is holding their Optometric Annual Convention in conjunction with valued sponsors from July 24 through July 27 in Boca Raton, Fla. This event is designed for optometrists, students of optometry, as well as support staff. Innovative programming, quality educational opportunities, an incredible exhibit hall and fun social activities will all be featured at this gathering.

Those in attendance will have incredible educational opportunities, including a focus on new diagnosis and treatment plans for glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmic disease and innovative means of treating ocular diseases and other emergencies.


A secondary focus of these information sessions includes ways to enhance your practice and increase your bottom line. With a focus on the business aspect of your practice, sessions will inform you how to keep your patients happy, how to close sales, as well as tips on triage and history management. Since your main focus is usually on diagnosis and treatment, these sessions will very beneficial to your support staff.


The exhibit hall will feature the latest in diagnostic tools, innovative technology and accessories to improve your practice. Optos is pleased to inform you that we will be at this event, and that you’ll be able to experience our award-winning …


Patient Advice: Look out for these Age-Related Vision Ailments

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by

As an eye health provider, you know how important it is to closely monitor age-related vision ailments to avoid blindness. Unfortunately, many patients don’t report problems with their vision because they believe their eyesight naturally worsens with age. Teaching your patients what symptoms to watch for and advising them of precautionary measures can help your patients maintain their vision for years to come.

Since some eye problems can appear suddenly and rapidly causing blindness, impressing upon your patients the importance of regular eye exams is critical. You should also advise them to contact your office immediately if they experience symptoms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) as described below.




–Hazy or blurred vision –Problems when going from bright to low light, such as entering a darkened room on a sunny day –Requiring more light than others to see properly –Colors appear dull




–Distorted vision –Appearance of large dark spot in center of vision –Objects appear as different sizes in each eye


Although there is no known cure for either form of AMD, understanding how a healthy lifestyle can contribute to better eye health can be useful for your patients. Applying these techniques can help …


Summer Eye Health Part II: Basic Advice for the Patient Heading Outdoors

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by

As more research studies are conducted and results are collated, further proof is showing that harmful UV rays from the sun not only damage delicate eye tissues, but can also contribute to early onset of age-related eye disease. As you learn more about the damage that can be caused, it becomes even more vital that you inform your patients of the importance of protecting their eyes when heading outdoors.

With the understanding that the most harmful of the ultra-violet rays from the sun are UVA and UVB, let your patients know that most sunglasses will protect against UVB, but that if they don’t specify UVA protection, they likely don’t. Investing a few more dollars in a pair that wrap around glasses, which sit closer to the eyes, can provide your patients with several extra years of clear vision.


Your patients may not realize the importance of sunglasses for their children. You will often see parents don their sunglasses when they head outdoors without considering their children’s eye health. Protecting your children’s eyes early will help ensure they don’t develop eye diseases such as cataract and macular degeneration earlier in their adulthood. Since children participate in so many activities in the summer, remind parents of the importance of protecting their eyes against …


Summer Eye Health Part I: Teaching Patients the Risks of Overexposure to UV Rays

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by

As the days grow longer and the outdoors becomes more inviting, few people think about the damage UV rays can have on their eyes. Further, they may not realize that it can age the eye prematurely, leading to the development of cataracts. A new study that was partially funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) has provided answers you may wish to share with your patients. It’s important to inform them of how the sun’s rays can affect their eyes and lead to vision loss.

In order to produce energy, our bodies may create a process known as oxidative stress. Contributing to visible signs of aging and accelerating age-related diseases such as cataract, these harmful chemical processes occur when our cells consume oxygen and other fuels in order to meet energy requirements.


Since the oldest cells in the lens don’t get much oxygen and are without the organelles that keep most other cells healthy and vital, it may seem like oxidative stress is an unlikely factor in the chances of contracting cataracts. New research has shown that UV light can replace oxygen in the stress process during prolonged sun exposure, damaging the proteins in the lens of the eye and resulting in the age-related formation of cataracts.