Optometric Education

The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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Call for Submissions: 3rd World Congress of Optometry

  The World Council of Optometry (WCO) invites educators, optometrists, researchers, public health experts and students to participate in the 3rd World Congress of Optometry by submitting abstracts for continuing education lectures, workshops and the scientific program. The Congress will be held in partnership with the American Academy of Optometry, Oct. 23-27, 2019, in Orlando, […]
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Statistical Literacy Isn’t Just for Researchers

Statistical literacy is the ability to interpret data and use it to understand the world, make comparisons and, ultimately, make decisions. It is becoming a necessity for people to possess at least some level of statistical literacy because they are inundated with statistics in everyday life — on the news, in political polling and in […]
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Amiodarone Ocular Toxicity, Emphasizing Optic Neuropathy: a Teaching Case Report

Background Amiodarone is the most common antiarrhythmic drug prescribed for treatment of atrial fibrillation. Its efficacy has been challenged by its ubiquitous organ toxicity resulting in nearly 50% of long-term users discontinuing the drug.1 Ocular toxicity most commonly presents as corneal deposits referred to as whorl keratopathy or corneal verticillata, which occur in the majority […]
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Recipients of the 2018 ASCO Educational Starter Grants

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), along with The Vision Care Institute, LLC, an affiliate of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc., awarded two Educational Starter Grants this year. The recipients and their research projects are: Shankaran Ramaswamy, PhD, MCPHS University — “Relationship Between Grit and Academic Performance in Optometry Students” Joshua […]
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The Use of OCT in Differential Diagnosis of Elevated Optic Discs

Background One of the challenges facing the ophthalmic care provider in clinical practice is the presentation of an elevated optic nerve head (ONH). The most critical initial assessment aims to differentiate true papilledema from pseudopapilledema due to the fundamentally different implication regarding appropriate care.1 Papilledema, one of the most common reasons for optic disc edema […]
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Optometric Education Journal Seeking Associate Editor

The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry invites applications for the position of Associate Editor of its peer-reviewed journal Optometric Education. Responsibilities The Associate Editor is responsible for collaborating with the Editor on the content of the journal, including sharing the writing of three editorials per year. The Associate Editor consults with the Editor […]
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Electronic Health Records, Clinical Experiences and Interprofessional Student Perceptions

Background Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined as “when students from two or more professions learn about, from and with each other to enable effective collaboration and improve health outcomes.”1 The pedagogical implementation of IPE has steadily gained traction within the academic community in the past decade, markedly so since the Interprofessional Education Collaborative released its […]
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Bilateral Parieto-Occipital Cortex Infarcts and their Effects on the Visual Field: a Teaching Case Report

Background Cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs), also known as strokes, are the leading preventable cause of disability in nearly 130,000 people in the United States per year. Strokes lead to approximately one in 20 deaths.1,2 Due to their high prevalence, it is important to become familiar with strokes and their various consequences. The following case report involves […]
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Teaching Pupil Dilation: Faculty Perceptions Regarding Elevated Blood Pressure and Dilating Agents

Introduction To be considered comprehensive, an eye examination should include visualization of the fundus through a dilated pupil. To achieve maximal mydriasis for optimal visibility, a combination of 1% tropicamide (a muscarinic receptor antagonist) and 2.5% phenylephrine (an alpha-receptor agonist) is typically used.1 While adequate pupil dilation may be achieved with 1% tropicamide alone, some […]
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