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The MOD Pod
24 minutes | Jun 24, 2022
Identifying and Managing Concussions • A Guide to MRIs
Jacqueline Theis, OD, FAAO, leads off this episode with tips on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of vestibular oculomotor dysfunction after a traumatic brain injury (0:48). Molly Ann R. Clymer, OD, FAAO, follows with an explanation of when and how optometrists should order an MRI (10:29).
27 minutes | Jun 22, 2022
Genetic Testing's Role in Myopia Management
John D. Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS, FBCLA, talks with guest Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, about how AvaGen, The Genetic Eye Test, for keratoconus and corneal dystrophies can guide one's myopia management decisions and potentially help save vision for patients over their lifetime.
30 minutes | May 26, 2022
Superficial Keratectomy • Telemedicine
In this short episode of The MOD Pod, Rebecca Braunsdorf, OD, explains why patient education, prompt referral, and careful comanagement are keys to success with superficial keratectomy (00:55). Lori Latowski Grover, OD, PhD, then reviews principals and practices of telemedicine for doctors, patients, and the profession to consider (11:47).
32 minutes | Apr 29, 2022
Case Studies in Treating Ocular Surface Disease: Season 4
Don’t miss this season in which our new expert panel of Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO; Emilie Seitz, OD; and Ivan Mac, MD, MBA, discuss unique and challenging cases involving ocular surface disease and dry eye.
19 minutes | Apr 21, 2022
CL Legislation • Ophthalmic Pain
In this episode of The MOD Pod, Rachael Wruble, OD, FAAO, talks about harmful loopholes in contact lens legislation (00:55) and Tim Poirier, OD, explains the difference between neurotrophic keratitis and neuropathic pain (9:07).
28 minutes | Mar 22, 2022
Optometric Rights • Myopia • MGD
To start off the episode, Rasika Whitesell, OD, talks about how optometric legislation, particularly that affecting scope of practice, can be changed without OD knowledge or approval (00:48). Vittorio Mena, OD, MS, and co-author Katie Connolly, OD, FAAO, then discuss guidelines for managing myopia (8:48), and Hardeep Kataria, OD, FAAO, closes out the episode by explaining how intense pulsed light and thermal pulsation work, when to use them, and more (18:19).
31 minutes | Mar 1, 2022
Case Studies in Treating Ocular Surface Disease: Season 3
Join this season’s new expert panel of Cecelia Koetting, OD; Walt Whitley, OD; and Marjan Farid, MD, as they deliberate on a myriad of interesting cases across the ocular surface spectrum.
26 minutes | Feb 17, 2022
Presbyopia Drops • Glaucoma Diagnostics • Specialty Lenses
Rachael A. Wruble, OD, FAAO, leads off the episode with a discussion on how presbyopia-correcting drops will fit into the treatment toolbox (00:45). Daniel Epshtein, OD, FAAO, and co-author Patricia Fulmer, OD, FAAO, follow with a survey of new and next-generation technologies and devices in their piece on innovations in glaucoma diagnostics (08:44). Stephanie Frankel, OD, closes out the episode by explaining how specialty contact lenses fit into the evolving medical optometry practice (18:18).
23 minutes | Feb 3, 2022
Modern Management of Vitreous Opacities: Surgical Considerations
How have innovations in surgical instrumentation created an environment in which surgeons are more comfortable performing vitrectomy for vitreous opacities? In the final episode of the miniseries “Modern Management of Vitreous Opacities,” a panel comprised of Walt Whitley, OD, MBA; Alison Early, MD; John Kitchens, MD; and Christina Weng, MD, MBA, discuss the specific innovations that have improved surgical precision and safety, and review which patients are best suited for prompt referral upon presentation of vitreous opacities. This editorially independent podcast is supported with advertising.
24 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Modern Management of Vitreous Opacities: Examination and Referral
Which elements of examination must optometrists perfect in order to provide an effective referral for patients with vitreous opacities? On this second episode of the miniseries “Modern Management of Vitreous Opacities,” the panel comprised of Walt Whitley, OD, MBA; Alison Early, MD; John Kitchens, MD; and Christina Weng, MD, MBA, review which elements of examination are most relevant for this condition, which imaging platforms are useful (and not so useful) for documenting vitreous opacities, and the appropriate length of time between patient presentation and surgical intervention. This editorially independent podcast is supported with advertising.
19 minutes | Jan 20, 2022
Managing Ocular Pain • PRP for DED
In the first of this episode's two articles, author Jessica Steen, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, presents best practices for managing acute ocular pain (1:13). Mahnia Madan, OD, FAAO, ends the episode by separating the myths from the facts in a discussion on platelet-rich plasma eye drops for the treatment of dry eye disease (9:40).
25 minutes | Jan 19, 2022
Modern Management of Vitreous Opacities: Documenting Patient History
How can optometrists properly document history for patients presenting with symptomatic vitreous opacities? On this debut episode of the miniseries “Modern Management of Vitreous Opacities,” a panel comprised of Walt Whitley, OD, MBA; Alison Early, MD; John Kitchens, MD; and Christina Weng, MD, MBA, review the specifics of recording symptoms and establishing a timeline for patients with symptomatic vitreous opacities, and discuss whether a standardized methodology for gathering history would have any utility in modern practice. This editorially independent podcast is supported with advertising.
20 minutes | Dec 17, 2021
COVID's Effect on Patient Care • Managing DR
This month's episode of The MOD Pod features two articles on the posterior segment. First, hear Jessica Haynes, OD, FAAO, describe the true effect of lapses in care as she talks about how COVID kept retina patients out of her office and led to poorer outcomes for many (1:10). Then, Inrava Khasnabish, OD, FAAO, offers some guidelines for managing patients with diabetic retinopathy, including a review of its stages, and when patients should be referred for care (10:08).
23 minutes | Nov 16, 2021
[Genetics and Eyecare Today] How CXL and Genetic Testing Fit Into the Keratoconus Game Plan
The season finale of The MOD Pod’s mini series Genetics and Eyecare Today features Nicole Fram, MD, and Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA. Dr. Fram explains what corneal collagen crosslinking is and shares her protocol for administering the therapy. She also describes the typical situation in which she uses genetic testing using AvaGen™, The Genetic Eye Test (Avellino). Dr. Barnett speaks to the importance of evaluating the family members of patients with keratoconus and explains why she uses genetic testing to screen patients in her practice. Nicole Fram, MD, and Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA
27 minutes | Nov 11, 2021
Vision Screening • A Not-So-Clear-Cut Case
In this month's episode, Lori Latowski Grover, OD, PhD, explains why comprehensive eye examinations remain the best approach to improving population health (1:21). Brandon Runyon, OD, FAAO, shares a patient case with a twist that taught him that sometimes obvious findings lead you down the wrong diagnostic path (14:27).
22 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
Vitreous Opacities: How ODs and MDs Can Collaborate
How can retina surgeons work with optometrists to create a framework that best manages the cases of patients with vitreous opacities? To answer this question, John Kitchens, MD, turns to Tarek Hassan, MD, and Walt Whitley, OD, MBA. The panel discusses how collaboration can transition patients smoothly to surgical consultation, the anatomy of a referral, and if some patients are better suited for surgery than others.
24 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Patient Guidance • Preoperative Mgmt of OSD • A New Tool for Glaucoma
Rebecca Miller, OD, shares her approach to being her patients' trusted source for answers about refractive surgery (00:52). Also, Thomas Chester, OD, FAAO, offers strategies for the successful preoperative management of ocular surface disease in order to avoid surprises after cataract or refractive surgery (6:40). And Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, discusses a new glaucoma management tool that measures what eye care providers strive to improve: outflow (16:14).
21 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
[Genetics and Eyecare Today] Genetic Testing Builds Confidence
In this special edition episode of The MOD Pod’s mini series Genetics and Eyecare Today, three well-known eye care practitioners discuss patient cases that involve the use of genetic testing with AvaGen™, The Genetic Eye Test (Avellino), and weigh in on how this information factors into decisions about each patient's course of treatment.
45 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Lyme-Related Infection • Business Tech • Evaluating Tech Investments • Longevity Biotechnology
This episode of The MOD Pod starts off with an article by Ayra Sayyed, OD, which she co-authored with William Padula, OD, SFNAP, FAAO, FNORA, on screening for biomarkers of lyme-related infection (00:57). Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, follows up with her piece on next-level business technologies (16:43), which is complemented by an article on why it's important to stay at the forefront of eye care technology by Aaron Lech, OD, FAAO (24:31). To end the episode, Lindsay Ciocco, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, and Benjamin Wu, OD, take turns reading their article on the emergence of longevity biotechnology in eye care (34:52).
51 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
Burnout • Neuropathic Pain • The Optometric Journey • Damon Dierker
Richard Mangan, OD, FAAO, begins the episode by addressing physician burnout and its implications (0:50), after which Scott Hauswirth, OD, FAAO, offers tips for identifying and managing neuropathic pain in patients with dry eye (10:32). Moving things to a lighter note, Justin Bazan, OD, shares his story on how he made his way from student to employee and then on to OD owner (31:50). Last, but not least, hear what inspired Damon Dierker, OD, FAAO, to pursue a career in optometry and what makes up a typical day for him (41:06).
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