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Visual Field Redux

Visual Field Redux

By on Jan 16, 2017 |

Last time I wrote about visual field analysis was summer of 2015.  I concluded the piece with the following: So as you can see visual field loss can be “silent.” Most people don’t have notable visual field complaints. As you can also see, automated visual fields should be the standard at every eye exam. It is a tool often reserved only for glaucoma but can be a...

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It’s been almost twenty years

It’s been almost twenty years

By on Apr 14, 2016 | 1 comment

While here at the annual College of Optometrists in Vision Development (COVD) I’ve been able to reflect. I recently had a former patient come to see me for a comprehensive exam, after having moved out of state for many years. I noticed in a review of her chart that on  one of her previous visits in 1997 I had done her preliminary testing as a technician.. It...

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Blue light…it’s everywhere and it can be harmful.

By on Jun 30, 2015 |

At risk of sounding like a “grumpy old man” I have to say, get your kids off those tablets and smart phones! One of the inherent characteristics and little known facts about these devices is that they emit radiation inf the form of blue-violet light, which can cause harm to the eyes.  So, let’s learn a little about blue-violet light....

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Your visual field

By on Jun 18, 2015 | 1 comment

At our office we do an automated visual field test on every patient “old enough” to do it. Generally this means teenagers and older. Recently I’ve been telling patients why we do it.  I’m surprised at how many people just didn’t know. I also am surprised that most eye exams don’t include such a valuable test.  A visual field test,...

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Practicing Reductionism

By on Mar 4, 2013 |

I had the pleasure of attending courses at the Illinois College of Optometry. The first speaker was the well respected “glaucoma guru” Michael Chaglasian, O.D., FAAO. I learned a lot about the latest in glaucoma, including summaries of studies and the practical application of this information. Optometrists and ophthalmologists understand that glaucoma is more than...

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