Today’s forward thinking ODs are banding together using the progressive technology at their fingertips through online discussion groups and forums. These groups can serve as valuable tools to express individual opinions, gather feedback from colleagues and to act as a group in influencing the industry.
One group that has been using the power of social media to make a change in the industry is ODs on Facebook. With over 5,755 members as of last week, they are using their strength to lobby and take an offensive on the “anti-competitive” actions of Insurance Agencies. The official announcement last Friday that the “ECP OFFENSIVE ON INSURERS is OFFICIALLY "ON" includes a call for action - “The bus is leaving the station. You’re either on or you’re off! Learn how you can make a difference writing just one letter -FIGHT FOR YOUR PATIENTS, YOUR PRACTICE AND THE FUTURE OF YOUR PROFESSION.”
While this initiative may not topple governments like the Arab Spring did, Dr. Alan Glazier, who started the group, asserts that taking the voice of this group out of the forum, armed with “pen and ink” (or keyboard and printer), will influence the FTC on the issue at hand. The mission for all those who choose to accept it is simple - to write a letter requesting the FTC to investigate the actions of the insurance providers. Dr. Glazier has provided sample letters and has kindly offered to collect the letters and hand deliver them once they have received over 100.
To draw attention to the effort, Dr. Glazier changed the ODs on Facebook cover photo to a call to action announcing the ‘’organized disruptive effort.” This initiative is a great example of how social media can bring together a group of like-minded individuals and really make a difference in the reality around them. As tools such as ODs on Facebook get used more for purposes of this kind, they become more a part of our social fabric... and as that happens, they become more and more important for Practices to embrace if the Practice is to succeed going forward.
After more than two decades as an optometrist, Hilary Hawthorne discusses how she got into the field and what it’s meant to her over the years.
Atlas of Ophthalmology
The Atlas of Ophthalmology is a public online database, free of charge, edited by specialists in the field. We would like to encourage you to support the atlas by submitting interesting cases.
Eye Research Network & LensNet
The information within this database is present in the literature and also in the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man database, National Library of Medicine. What we have tried to provide the interested researcher and the general public is an overview presentation of parameters all in one place for easy and convenient reference.
Eye Resources on the Internet
This site was compiled on behalf of the Association of Vision Science Librarians and is maintained by Trish Duffel at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. The Internet is in a state of constant change. While all care has been taken to verify the existence of each of these on the date of compilation and during updating of the list, some of these sites may have moved or ceased to exist.
EyeCarePro is a leader in digital innovations for Optometry, employing a global team of Web Development, SEO, Marketing, Sales and Customer Support experts who conduct day-to-day business online. EyeCarePro’s team is dedicated to helping Optometric Practices achieve growth by attracting new patients and building engaging relationships with existing patients.
When I started Eyedolatry in 2011, I had just graduated from the Southern College of Optometry a few days prior. Like most new graduates, I wanted a place where I could read advice for my personal growth in the newest trends in patient care, contact lens fitting, and practice management. But in writing my posts, I realized that my true passion was bringing optometry to everyone. So if you ever wondered what that little growth on your eyelid was, or wanted someone to explain glaucoma in words you could understand, consider Eyedolatry your place for patient-friendly education.
Welcome to EyeRounds.org, an educational website brought to you by the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Eye health information from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Online atlas of ophthalmology, manual for physicians and medical students, case presentations, journal watch, quizzes and patient information.
EyeWiki is an ophthalmic wiki where ophthalmologists, other physicians, patients and the public can view an eye encyclopedia of content written by ophthalmologists covering the vast spectrum of eye disease, diagnosis and treatment. Any qualified ophthalmologist, or ophthalmologist in training, is invited to contribute content to the wiki and post it immediately.
EyeWorld is a monthly publication of the ASCRS Ophthalmic Services Corp. EyeWorld has reorganized its editorial board of recognized thought leaders, sharpened its editorial focus on anterior segment surgery, and encouraged new voices in the ophthalmic community to contribute to the balanced, cutting-edge editorial provided in each issue.
Extensive resources from the Optometric Glaucoma Society.
Glossary of Eye Terminology
Common terms -- symptoms, tests, treatments, surgery, diseases & conditions, anatomy -- eye doctors use. These definitions may help you understand them better.
This site is dedicated to teaching gonioscopy through the use of videography. It covers the basic examination techniques and more advanced techniques, such as indentation and the corneal wedge. There are video examples of most glaucoma-related diseases. We hope that you find it to be educational.
If you are looking for the most eye catching, Ophthalmology literature, you’ve reached the right place! The medical editors at MDLinx work around the clock to provide the most current medical news articles, clinical journals and information on Continuing Medical Education opportunities. Topics range from: Neuro-Ophthalmology, Retina, Trauma, Uveitis, Ophthalmic and much more.
Ophthalmology Information Center from MedPage Today, the only service for physicians that provides a clinical perspective on the breaking medical news that their patients are reading.
National Eye Institute
The National Eye Institute's mission is to "conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to blinding eye diseases, visual disorders, mechanisms of visual function, preservation of sight, and the special health problems and requirements of the blind."
Ocular Surgery News
OSN strives to be the global, definitive information source for ophthalmology professionals by delivering timely, accurate, authoritative and balanced reports on clinical issues, socioeconomic topics and industry developments, as well as presenting clinically relevant information on medical therapies for the benefit of the patient.
Ophthalmology Web is an informative, educational and dynamic online community space for eye care physicians from each of the subspecialties to connect, learn and enhance their knowledge base and practice.
An integrated Ophthalmology Website of use to the Ophthalmic community.
Optometry's #1 news feed, reviewing over 120 healthcare and technology feeds daily. We post the items worth reading, and nothing else. 90% of the posts are eyecare-related, but technology and items from the visual arts are also included when deemed newsworthy, or just plain interesting.
In addition, we have the first - and still very busy - online community for Optometrists in the world. Founded in 1994, the Optcomlist generates over 100 messages a day.
Optician has delivered it's weekly package of must-have information, educational articles and product releases to professionals' homes for over 121 years. Optician is also the leading provider of education for optometrists and dispensing opticians.
Optometric Management is dedicated to helping optometrists improve their practice through relevant, actionable and practical columns and features that enhance patient outcomes and bolster the bottom line. Optometric Management is the leading how-to guide for optometrists interested in growing their practice, improving their standard of care, and achieving financial and professional success.
Optometry Today is the UK's leading publication for optometrists, ophthalmologists, dispensing opticians and students.
Leadership, innovation, optometry management, relevancy....it's a digital world and optometry is no different. Finding advice is easy...finding the most relevant advice for our times narrows the options. We give the same foundational advice your grandpa gave you, except we've brought it to the Digital Age.
OptometryStudents.com is your #1 resource for optometry student life! The website hosts top notch articles, news, videos and clinical pearls which are all created by optometry student journalists from each optometry school. OptometryStudents.com allows students to become more involved in optometry and to help move the profession forward.
Primary Care Optometry News
Primary Care Optometry News strives to be the definitive information source for optometric professionals by delivering timely, accurate, authoritative and balanced reports on clinical issues, socioeconomic topics and ophthalmic industry developments, as well as presenting clinically relevant information on diagnostic and therapeutic regimens and medical therapies for the benefit of the patient.
Retinal Physician delivers in-depth coverage of the latest advances in AMD, diabetic retinopathy, macular edema, retinal vein occlusion as well as surgical intervention in posterior segment care.
RetNet...Retinal Information Network provides tables of genes and loci causing inherited retinal diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and Usher syndrome, and related information.
Review of Ophthalmology
Review of Ophthalmology highlights current, clinically relevant information on surgical techniques, disease diagnosis and management and new technologies. Its physician and staff editors present timely reports in a format that stresses accessible editorial information and graphics, including news, regulatory issues, ophthalmic sub-specialties such as glaucoma, retina...
Review of Optometry
Review of Optometry delivers the growing vision care market by serving optometrists' practice and patient needs with clinical, practice management, news and market trend information. Continuing Education programs in print and on-line have also been a mainstay of the publication's commitment to the profession.
Extensive resources for Retinitis Pigmentosa.
What does the AOP do for you? Lots! * Annual Student 'Eye Opener' Conference * Pizza Evenings * AOP Student Reps * Study info and Mock Exam Q's * Support & Advice * Student area on AOP website and much more...
The award winning Reichert Tono-Pen AVIA tonometer is an easy to use, handheld instrument that provides IOP readings that correlate strongly with Goldmann tonometry.
Established in 1987, VisionMonday provides valuable insights into how successful retailers and practitioners build their businesses and stay profitable. Vision Monday is the ophthalmic industry's leading source of news and news analysis.