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Progressive Supranuclear Palsy:
a Teaching Case Report

Background Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) is a neurodegenerative disorder with distinct clinical features including vertical supranuclear gaze palsy, frontal lobe cognitive decline, postural instability and progressive axial rigidity. First described in 1964 by Steele et al., PSP had been referred to historically as Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome. They reported nine cases with the aforementioned findings, which veered […]
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We’ve Had Our Challenges, and Creative Solutions, During the Pandemic

While I was visiting my 5-year-old granddaughter recently, she proclaimed “I am mad at the coronavirus!” I couldn’t help but feel the same. Our lives had changed on a dime in response to the virus. Our visit was in her backyard. We were six feet away, and I was unable to hug her or play. […]
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When a Red Eye is More than Meets the Eye:
a Teaching Case Report on the Public Health Role
of the Eyecare Provider

Background Patients presenting for care of “red eye” can be challenging due to the numerous etiologies and potential systemic associations. A systematic evaluation of presenting signs and symptoms with development of an inclusive differential diagnosis is required, but is complicated when unknown concurrent systemic infection is present. Collaboration with the patient’s primary care physician (PCP) […]
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MEWDS: a Teaching Case Report

Background This case involves a 22-year-old Caucasian female diagnosed with multiple evanescent white dot syndrome (MEWDS). MEWDS is part of a group of inflammatory disorders known as white dot syndromes, which affect the retina, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and choroid.1 Often, symptoms of MEWDS are unilateral, have sudden onset, and include blurred vision, central or […]
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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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The Idea of Teaching as a Way to “Give Back”

As an interviewer of prospective students and prospective faculty members, I hear many mentions of “giving back” with regard to an optometric teaching career. Prospective students often cite giving back as the reason they want to eventually teach after a clinical practice career. Prospective faculty, particularly individuals transitioning from private practice or industry, often speak […]
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SCCOMBKU Graduate is Winner
of 2020 Student Award in Clinical Ethics

ASCO and its Ethics Educators Special Interest Group are pleased to announce Ryan Yuan, OD, as the winner of the 2020 Student Award in Clinical Ethics. Dr. Yuan graduated this year from Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University. His winning essay, “Ethics of Ocular Pain Management,” appears below. The Student Award […]
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Is Educational Theory of Use in Optometric Education?

Introduction Healthcare education is carried out primarily by instructors repeating the way in which they were taught.1-7 There is a sense that teaching is an art where only content knowledge and natural talent are needed to excel.3 New trends, such as the “flipped classroom,” may be applied without an understanding of the principles behind the […]
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An Inquiry-Based Approach
to Teaching Sphero-Cylindrical Ametropia

Background A clear understanding of the optics of the eye remains a fundamental basis of optometric education.1-7 As technology continues to improve, modern instrumentation and corrections can utilize measurements that are more sophisticated and manufacturing standards that are more precise. Optometrists need a clear understanding of the optical basis of sphero-cylindrical ametropia and the relationship […]
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