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Shocker: Only 1% of ODs use Amniotic Membranes

An ODwire.org member reports that based on the latest CMS data, Only 409 optometrists reported CPT code 65778 (placement of an amniotic membrane) in 2017.

That 409 docs represents approximately 1% of the total number of practicing ODs in the US.

That, in our opinion, is both disappointing and shocking.

And represents a major missed opportunity both for patient and doctor alike.

Read more about the statistics, and why so few docs are working with amniotic membrane technology.

Do you utilize amniotic membranes in your practice?
If not, why not?

Weigh in!

... and if you're interested in the topic, also take a listen to an interview we did with Dr. Sheila Morrison of UH on the importance of amniotic membranes to practitioners today:

Registered users can read more and comment here.
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Dr. Frank Fontana on the Early Days of Contact Lenses and the Future of Eye Care



Dr. Fontana (aka optometry's "Uncle Frank, The King of Contact Lenses"), in his 69th year attending SECO (!!), talks about being a pioneer the field of contact lenses, and what the future might hold for ECPs.

He also gives a shout-out to our own Paul Farkas and Ted Kassalow, who were also party to this history.

Registered ODwire.org members can reminisce and ask Uncle Frank questions in this thread
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Webinar: Myopia Tx with Atropine – Truth and Myths

Myopia & Atropine
with JEFFREY S. COOPER, OD, MS, FAAO


In this highly practical ODwire.org webinar, Jeffrey Cooper MS, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, Professor Emeritus, SUNY College of Optometry, catches us up on the latest research on atropine & myopia control.

We review the literature and have a Q&A discussing how you can integrate this latest data into your own myopia control practice.

Hope to see you there!

Discuss the show & ask questions in this thread
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The New MyDay Toric & Building your 1-day Practice – Mark Andre, FAAO


In this brief ODwire.org TV Interview, Mark Andre, FAAO, Associate Professor of Optometry at Pacific University College of Optometry tells us all about the NEW CooperVision MyDay Toric, and using the new lens to build your 1-day practice.

We touch on:
  • Statistics on toric fits, dropouts and where the market is moving
  • The design of the lens vs Biofinity
  • The nature of the material and its low modulus
  • Using LensFerry to help build your 1-day Practice


If you have any questions about MyDay Toric or LensFerry, please post them in this thread.

Thanks to CooperVision for their long-standing support of the site!
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Uprise Essentials & Pro – Plus Free Special for ODwire.org Members


I spoke with Denise Crown from VisionWeb @ VEE to catch the latest with them (listen to the 5 minute interview above.)

Uprise has now split out their platform into two separate packages at different pricepoints -- "Essentials" and "Pro".

So for a new practitioner who doesn't necessarily need the kitchen sink, but does want an EHR, Essentials is an inexpensive way to go. You can then seamlessly "upgrade" to Pro when ready.

*** They are extending the show special: You can get Uprise Essentials for FREE for your first doc if you sign up for VisionWeb's Revenue Cycle Management (RCM) package (which does claim submissions, etc.)

Just contact them to take advantage of this or ask questions in this thread.
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How ODwire.org Keeps Your Privacy Safe

ODwire Servers
ODwire.org founder (left), in 2004. Back when we did everything by hand.  Everything!

In the wake of the latest Facebook scandal (and the #deletefacebook movement), I'd like to provide some explanations of how we keep your data and privacy safe on ODwire.org.

Privacy has been a big deal to us since the site was founded 15+ years ago, it is part of our DNA, and it a major reason the site has been successful. (At the same time, it limits our growth, as "registering" isn't just as simple as clicking a button! C'est la vie.)

Unfortunately the rest of the world is only now catching on to just how bad the situation is on many other sites.

Read more to see how we address these issues on ODwire.org, and why it is important.
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New Frontiers in the Detection & Management of Diabetic Retinopathy!


New Frontiers in the Detection & Management of Diabetic Retinopathy!
A. Paul Chous, MA, OD, FAAO, CDE
Craig Thomas, OD

This course considers both the vascular and neurodegenerative components of diabetic retinopathy. Technologies applicable to early detection of both will be considered, along with specific strategies designed to prevent or mitigate each.

Earn 2 COPE credits for watching this video at CEwire2018!

Discuss the interview in this thread.
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Olympian Laurie Hernandez on Contact Lenses, Perseverance, and DWTS!


At SECO 2018, we sat down with gold medal Olympic gymnast, Dancing with the Stars winner, and NY Times best-selling author Laurie Hernandez to discuss contact lenses, perseverance, and her possible return to the sport!

Laurie was fit with CLs at an early age, and the improved vision they provided helped her training as she forged a path to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

She's subsequently become a spokesperson for Alcon, which is how we ended up getting this interview at SECO (yes, I was shocked to be sitting there!)

Her positivity and poise are remarkable.  My biggest takeaway from our brief talk was the importance of remaining optimistic in the face of long odds and (very) painful injuries.

Thanks again to Laurie and to Alcon for making it happen!

Discuss the interview in this thread.
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Ocular Surface Disease: Demystifying the Diagnosis – Dr Crystal Brimer

Watch the entire lecture & earn up to 50 COPE-Approved credits online at CEwire2018!

Ocular Surface Disease: Demystifying the Diagnosis - Dr Crystal Brimer (56132-AS)

Every day patients with ocular surface issues enter our exam room, with and without symptoms.

In this talk, we learn how to implement easy, yet compelling, screening techniques that create an opportunity to practice preventative care instead of reactive care.

Discover diagnostic tips and tools to scientifically pinpoint the underlying etiology of your patient’s dry eye symptoms and prepare you to couple them with proven, diagnostic based treatments for predictable results.

Watch the full lecture online at CEwire2018! Earn up to 50 COPE-Approved CE Credits.


Discuss the lecture in this thread.
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Visual Field Analysis in the OCT Era – Dr. Graham Lakkis

Watch the entire lecture & earn up to 50 COPE-Approved credits online at CEwire2018!

Visual Fields in the OCT Era: Dr. Graham Lakkis (55861-GL)

Although significant developments have occurred in the structural analysis of glaucomatous optic neuropathy using OCT scans, research into functional visual field testing continues with the development of new techniques and refinements of existing strategies to maximise efficiency of testing and accuracy of progression analysis.

Practical guidance will be given that can be applied during encounters with glaucoma patients.

Watch the full lecture online at CEwire2018! Earn up to 50 COPE-Approved CE Credits.

Discuss the lecture in this thread.
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