Archive for the ‘Letter to the Editor’ Category

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Concern about exercise advice as part of optometric care

April 27, 2013

Editor:

I would like to offer the following comments as a letter to the editor concerning Dr. Hopping’s recent President’s Column.

Consider this scenario: John, an obese patient, presents for his routine eye exam. Dr. Smith, a very caring practitioner, suggests that John should consider “exercising” in order to reduce his weight not only for his ocular well-being but also for the overall health benefits that would ensue. John goes home and tells his wife that he has never met a more concerned doctor and intends to follow his advice. The next morning John goes out for a jog and is found dead a few blocks away having suffered a massive heart attack. At the trial the widow tearfully informs the jury that John would still be with her had it not been for Dr. Smith’s advice. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Borish shared vision of future of health care

June 10, 2012

Editor:

I recently read your article regarding the death of the great Dr. Irvin Borish. I, as a staff writer for the Opti Courier, and my wife, Lillian, had the privilege of interviewing him. His birthday was on January 21, and in 1998, on that very date, we met him in his home near Boca Raton, Fla. Many facts have been published about his life and times, but I feel compelled to reveal some of his thoughts that hitherto might never have seen print. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Dr. Cyrus Bass case set stage for future ODs

May 1, 2012

Dear Editor:

I read with interest the article about voting for the top story of the past 50 years in optometry. I believe the top story was never widely published, but can be found in the AOA’s files. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Letter to the Editor: Eyesight and the eye chart

March 3, 2012

Editor:

Would you believe… the eye chart that was introduced over 150 years ago (1862 to be exact) is still present in every medical office in the world? It is still being used as a screening device for vision disorders. Before the Snellen eye chart was developed, there were no means to measure what the eye could see at great distances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Traditional Medicare vs. Corporate Vision Insurance

December 15, 2011

Editor:

Optometrists should be vigilant to preserve the Medicare third-party model as we negotiate with vision insurers for contracts that are fair to all concerned. Whereas medical insurers typically recognize Medicare as the third-party model, some vision insurers are modifying the Medicare model for their own purposes. Because these corporate giants primarily recruit ODs as their vision providers, optometrists are effectively segregated from the majority of medical eye providers who do not also serve as vision providers. Therein lies a grave threat to optometry. As vision insurance is expanded to include medical eye coverage, optometrists contracted to provide services for combined vision and medical eye policies will likely lose parity on medical eye services with non-contracted ophthalmologists and all other medical eye providers. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Letter to the Editor: Relationship with VSP

August 31, 2011

Editor,

The Texas Optometric Association (TOA) board met with VSP representatives at our board meeting to try and answer some questions about our relationship with them. Two days after the meeting, VSP announced that, in addition to Costco, Eyemasters will now be a VSP affiliate provider. They somehow failed to mention that at our meeting, and I believe that is a commentary on the relationship. Read the rest of this entry ?