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The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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Call for Papers for Theme Edition:
Diversity and Cultural Competence in Optometry

The population continues to become more diverse, and optometry must be able to meet the cultural, ethnic, racial, gender and linguistic needs of patients. Optometric Education is inviting authors to submit scholarly papers addressing related themes such as diversity, cultural competency, gender issues and cultural awareness. The deadline to submit papers for this theme edition […]
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Assessment of Competency Following Use
of Eyesi Indirect Ophthalmoscope Simulators
Within a First-Year Optometric Curriculum

Background Healthcare education has historically operated under the adage of, “See one, Do one, Teach one,” a phrase coined after Halsted’s depiction of early surgical residency training.1 In reality, Duvivier et al. found that medical students require repetitive practice to reach competency.2 For optometry students, competent operation of the binocular indirect ophthalmoscope is a skill […]
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Management of Acute Corneal Hydrops in a Patient
with Keratoconus: a Teaching Case Report

Background Keratoconus is typically thought to be a bilateral disease that can present asymmetrically. It is associated with progressive corneal ectasia and scarring. With no definitive etiology, the corneal ectasia ultimately leads to irregular astigmatism, central anterior scarring and reduced vision.1 Hydrops is a rare condition experienced by some keratoconic patients. Hydrops is characterized as […]
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Blebitis: a Teaching Case Report

Background The following case report explores the presentation, diagnosis and treatment of a bleb-related infection. The case may benefit third- and fourth-year optometry students as well as optometry residents in managing a complex eye condition in the setting of multiple ocular and systemic comorbidities. Understanding the management of blebitis and bleb-related infections is important for […]
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Application of an Online Homework Tool in Optometry for Geometric Optics Improves Exam Performance

Background Online homework has been replacing traditional paper-based homework in many fields, including chemistry, statistics, physics, accounting and mathematics; however, its impact on exam performance is ambiguous. While improvements have been observed in many studies,1-24 other studies show little or no improvement.25-32 Regardless, students and faculty have shown a strong preference for online homework systems.1-32 […]
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Students Increasingly Affected by Anxiety, Depression

Anxiety and depression are apparently on the rise among students at various education levels. The Pew Research Center reported in 2019 that 70% of teens say anxiety and depression are major concerns among their peers.1 According to the American College Health Association’s National College Health Assessment II, in 2016 nearly two-thirds of college students reported […]
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