Optometric Education

The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

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Recorded Lectures are Not for Everyone:
Lower-Performing Students
Benefit from Attending Live Lectures

Background Lecture styles and delivery methods are as diverse as the instructors delivering them. Most delivery methods can be placed into one of two large categories: live or recorded. The live lecture is the typical, and often preferred, in-person lecture style for most instructors.1 Advantages of this method include personalized interactions with students, instant student […]
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The Eyes as a Window to the Brain: a Teaching Case Report of Misdiagnosed Glioblastoma

Background Glioblastoma [also known as glioblastoma multiforme (GBM)] is a type of glioma or astrocytoma, cancer that forms from star-shaped cells in the brain called astrocytes. Gliomas account for 40-50% of all primary and metastatic intracranial tumors with glioblastoma being the most common type.1,2 The World Health Organization (WHO) classification grades astrocytic tumors from grade-I […]
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Boosting Morale in an Optometry School
During a Pandemic

Investing time and energy into the mental health of our students, faculty and staff is more important than ever. It is especially difficult to do so when we cannot chat between lectures, stand too close in the same room, or see someone smile behind his or mask. A study from the Boston University School of […]
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Effects of Course Design Decisions on Optometry Student Outcomes: Analysis of Lecture Synchronicity and Flipped-Model Learning, 2013-2016

Introduction With emerging pedagogical technologies and methods of content delivery, the face of education is changing rapidly. These changes are seen at all levels of education, from preschool to doctoral programs. It is an educator’s duty to adapt to new technologies and methods to best serve students. But, is this embrace of technology always what […]
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Using an Audience Response System in a First-Year Optics Course: Student Perceptions and Outcomes

Background Face-to-face lectures are often used for delivering significant amounts of content to large groups of students. The effectiveness of one-way lectures that do not actively engage students is limited. Adults passively attending a lecture have a maximum attention span of 15 to 20 minutes, and research has shown a low rate of information retention […]
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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 is March 30, […]
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Non-Arteritic Ischemic Optic Neuropathy with Serous Macular Detachment: a Teaching Case Report

Background Non-arteritic ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) is an ocular condition that typically presents in individuals age 40-60 with unilateral, painless vision loss, mostly upon awakening. There are 1,500 to 6,000 new cases in the United States every year.1 NAION is typically diagnosed based on its clinical features with the aid of ancillary testing. We present […]
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“No Time to Finish”:
Electronic Health Records Documentation and Time

Introduction The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) defines electronic health records (EHR) as “digital (computerized) versions of patients’ paper charts.”1 In 2009, the federal government passed the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, which encouraged widespread adoption of EHR.2 The reasons for encouraging EHR implementation were […]
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Acute Retinal Necrosis and Saving Vision
in Aggressive Disease: a Teaching Case Report

Background This teaching case report covers the clinical manifestations of acute posterior segment infection from the herpes virus family with a focus on acute retinal necrosis (ARN). ARN is a rapidly progressive and potentially devastating viral infection of the retina that primarily presents in young, healthy individuals in the second to sixth decade with no […]
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Ocular Complications of Confirmed COVID-19
in a Systemically Asymptomatic Patient Using Telehealth:
a Teaching Case Report and the Optometrist’s Role
in Culturally Competent Public Health

Background Follicular conjunctivitis presents as a local host response to an exogenous substance or agent producing prominent subconjunctival lymphoid follicles. Viruses, chlamydia and other bacteria can produce the problem.1 New cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have escalated around the world. As local, state and national governments take extraordinary measures to limit its spread, uncertainty […]
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A Novel Approach to Clinical Education
through Distance Learning

Background During the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, professional education was forced to shift to distance learning to maintain student safety and limit the spread of disease while still advancing the students through the curriculum. The interruption of clinical encounters was arguably the greatest challenge for the continuation of optometric clinical […]
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Education Research and the Institutional
Review Board (IRB)

In an effort to support better teaching and learning, faculty are often revising courses and instituting new teaching methodologies. In some instances, data collected as part of the course assessment demonstrate that the new methodology had a positive impact on learning. Is this considered education research if the faculty member now wants to share the […]
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