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Ocular Ischemic Syndrome: a Teaching Case Report

Background While the primary focus of eyecare providers is to provide treatment and care for the structures confined within the orbital area, clinical findings that necessitate a systemic intervention often may arise. Ocular ischemic syndrome (OIS) is a prime example of a serious ocular condition that sometimes can signal severe systemic neurological damage. With the […]
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Interprofessional Coordination of a Patient
with Hypertension: a Teaching Case Report

Background Hypertension (HTN) is a common systemic condition affecting more than 70 million people in the United States with a global age-standard prevalence of approximately 30%.1 Left untreated, this condition is responsible for significant cardiovascular disease (CVD) and premature death as a result of end organ damage.1 The increasing complexity of patient care and health […]
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An Incidental Case of Bilateral Multifocal Retinal Pigment Epithelial Detachments in a Patient with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: a Teaching Case Report

Background Pigment epithelial detachment (PED) results from separation of the basal layer of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and the innermost layer of Bruch’s membrane.2-4 They are most commonly associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but also present in polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy (PCV),5 hypertensive choroidopathy and conditions that lead to inflammation and ischemia of the […]
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Utilization Survey of the First Two Cohorts of Optometry Graduates from the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Background The purpose of this study is to explore what the optometry graduates of the University of Medicine Pham Ngoc Thach (UPNT) have experienced working within the Vietnamese health system. Secondary purposes are to educate the public on the ideal use of the optometrist in the Vietnamese health system and to discuss current barriers to […]
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Hydroxychloroquine Retinal Toxicity:
a Teaching Case Report

Background Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil, Novartis, East Hanover, N.J.) is a drug initially developed in the mid-1950s for management of malaria and is a derivative of chloroquine. The hydroxylation of chloroquine has resulted in a decreased incidence of side effects while maintaining efficacy.1 Currently, hydroxychloroquine is used for management of various rheumatologic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic […]
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System Dynamics Simulation of the Eyecare Workforce Needs in the Dominican Republic

Background The determination of needs in the eyecare workforce of a nation is critical for the education, training and allocation of optometrists, ophthalmologists and other ophthalmic personnel. Given the multiple interacting variables, it is often challenging to predict these needs.1-2 The Dominican Republic is a country in the Caribbean region with a population of approximately […]
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Student Award in Clinical Ethics: 2021 Winning Essay Explores Potentially Thorny Issue

ASCO and its Ethics Educators Special Interest Group are pleased to announce Tam Tran, OD, as the winner of the 2021 Student Award in Clinical Ethics. Dr. Tran graduated this year from Illinois College of Optometry and plans to make binocular vision a focus of his career. His winning essay, “The Ethical Muddle of Sick […]
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Principles, Techniques and Tools that Promote Successful eLearning

During the COVID-19 pandemic, eLearning ― learning that occurs through electronic means ― increased exponentially. Many optometric educators found themselves teaching online classes for the first time in their careers. We were thrust into learning new instructional delivery techniques and new technologies in a very short time. We experimented with learning management systems and figured […]
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The Four-Year Optometric Education Program: Something’s Got to Give

Optometric scope of practice has evolved significantly in the past 46 years. Originally limited to refractive and binocular conditions,1 the scope expanded by the mid-1970s (when the first four states had granted optometrists the authority to use diagnostic drugs2) and broadened again with the addition of prescribing privileges for therapeutic drugs. Today, optometrists are primary […]
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Call for Papers for Theme Edition:
Diversity and Cultural Competency 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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Introducing Educator’s Toolkit,
a Teaching Resource for Optometric Faculty

As optometric educators, we are not necessarily trained as teachers. Rather, we are subject matter experts who are expected to effectively teach. As most of us know, this is challenging. We tend to focus on maintaining our clinical competencies, which leaves less time to spend advancing our instructional competencies. Although I am formally trained in […]
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