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To the Point

English, Sciences, 1 season, 46 episodes, 23 hours, 44 minutes
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To the Point is a podcast aimed at helping optometrists build their dry eye practices.
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An Interview With the Inventor of Rinsada

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, are joined by retina specialist Srinivas Kondapalli, MD, who developed the Rinsada Irrigating Lid Retractor, which effectively cleanses the conjunctival fornix, palpebral conjunctiva, and bulbar conjunctiva.
5/8/202436 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hear the Journey of the OD Behind the Crystal Tear Report

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, catch up with Crystal M. Brimer, OD, FAAO, to talk about her prolific journey in dry eye. Dr. Brimer discusses opening her own practice, creating the Dry Eye Institute to promote education among eye care providers, and shares tips to help other ODs to get started or revitalize their dry eye services.
4/2/202439 minutes, 16 seconds
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New Practice, Noh Problem: Lessons From Opening a Cold Start Practice

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, welcome this month’s guest, Ada Noh, OD. Dr. Noh shares her story of how she came to open her very own practice, dedicated solely to dry eye, in a brand new city. She talks about building up her patient base, networking with local providers, and lessons she learned along the way.
3/8/202428 minutes, 41 seconds
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Is Radio Frequency a Worthwhile Investment for Your Dry Eye Toolkit?

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, interview Keylee Brown, OD, to learn how she came to offer radio frequency therapy in her dry eye clinic. Dr. Brown talks about how the technology works with intense pulsed light, how she educates patients about it, fits it into her workflow, and the rewarding clinical results she has witnessed since purchasing the device.
2/9/202427 minutes, 47 seconds
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Treating OSD in 2024

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, kick off 2024 with a conversation about several new and anticipated products for treating ocular surface disease, including cyclosporine ophthalmic solution 0.1% (Vevye, Harrow), perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution (Meibo, Bausch + Lomb), and lotilaner ophthalmic solution 0.25% (Xdemvy, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals). They also share some practice pearls and professional goals for the year ahead.
1/9/202424 minutes, 43 seconds
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Dry Eye From a Neuro Perspective

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, welcome guest Jacqueline Theis, OD, FAAO, who shares her pearls for treating patients with dry eye and a neurologic condition or injury. She explains how to determine whether a patient’s dry eye symptoms are simply dry eye alone, or if they may be related to neurologic problem, and what to do if they are.  
11/13/202327 minutes, 8 seconds
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Considerations for Use of Two Newly Approved Drugs

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO, discuss factors to consider when bringing perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution (Miebo, Bausch + Lomb) and lotilaner ophthalmic solution 0.25% (Xdemvy, Tarsus Pharmaceuticals) into your clinical practice.
10/11/202331 minutes, 12 seconds
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A New Perspective for To the Point

This month on To the Point, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, introduces her new co-host, Jessilin Quint, OD, MBA, MS, FAAO. Dr. Quint shares her background and journey in optometry, including how she came to open her dry eye and aesthetics clinic 2 years ago in Maine.
9/13/202321 minutes, 31 seconds
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Best Practices for Fitting Scleral Lenses

This month, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, are joined by Anith Pillai, OD, FSLS, FIAOMC, to discuss the nuances of sceral lens fitting. Dr. Pillai shares his experiences running a specialty contact lens clinic, including navigating the conversation about scleral lenses with patients, managing the initial adjustment period, handling tricky cases, billing, and what he wishes he knew from the start.
8/17/202339 minutes, 55 seconds
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An Intro to the Latest Dry Eye Drop

Get an overview of the recently FDA-approved perfluorohexyloctane ophthalmic solution (Miebo, Bausch + Lomb) from Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO. Drs. O’Dell and Garlich discuss the drop’s mechanism of action, dosing regimen, clinical trial findings, side effect profile, and more.
7/17/202334 minutes, 40 seconds
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Navigating Conversations About Makeup and DED

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, discuss cosmetics and ocular hygiene with Mark Schaeffer, OD, including how to appropriately address this topic with patients who have dry eye. They also talk about cosmetric trends to be aware of that patients may be participating in, how such trends may affect the ocular surface, and alternative makeup options you can recommend.
6/13/202342 minutes, 30 seconds
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Keep an Open Mind When Dealing With Patients Who Have Itching, Redness, and Discomfort

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, have a talk with Milton M. Hom, OD, FAAO, about how to manage patients with dry eye who also have symptoms of ocular allergy. They discuss the similarities between the conditions, dry eye considerations for oral antihistamine use, treatment strategies, when to refer a patient to an allergist, and more.
5/12/202330 minutes, 30 seconds
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Demodex Blepharitis 101

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, connect with Walt Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO, to talk about Demodex blepharitis. They discuss a recent case of Dr. O’Dell’s, then get into signs and symptoms to watch out for, differential diagnoses, how to speak to patients about their diagnosis, and the anticipated approval of TP-03 (Tarsus Pharmaceuticals), a novel eye drop therapy in development.
4/18/202328 minutes, 57 seconds
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Everything You Wanted to Know About PRP Drops for Dry Eye

This month, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, welcome guests Mahnia Madan, OD, FAAO, and Kim Connelly, a medical laboratory technologist, to talk about the use of platelet-rich plasma eye drops to treat ocular surface disease. They discuss what they are, how they work, when to try them, how patients should use the drops at home, and more.
3/14/202332 minutes, 33 seconds
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A Supportive Approach to Managing Dry Eye Disease

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, are joined by Mila Ioussifova, OD, FAAO, to discuss the links between lifestyle, nutrition, and dry eye disease. Dr. Ioussifova shares her recommendations for talking to patients with dry eye about how proper nutrition to support their gut microbiome can positively affect their ocular surface health.
2/15/202333 minutes, 33 seconds
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Get Excited for Your Patients With Dry Eye

Make room in your dry eye toolkit! Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, dedicate this episode to a discussion of eagerly awaited products in the pipeline for the treatment of ocular surface disease.
1/16/202330 minutes, 44 seconds
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Make Informed Clinical Decisions About Dry Eye Treatment

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, connect with Robert Sambursky, MD, to learn about what’s new in point-of-care testing for dry eye disease. Dr. Sambursky describes how quantitative diagnostics and follow-up testing can help optometrists provide more personalized care and show patients tangible improvement to reinforce the benefits of dry eye therapy. 
12/13/202231 minutes, 36 seconds
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Ocular Surface Considerations for the Preop Period

Preparing the eye for surgery is essential. Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, welcome William Trattler, MD, for a conversation on how to optimize the ocular surface for cataract surgery. They discuss why it’s important to take charge of your surgical patients with ocular surface disease preoperatively and target their treatment in a multi-step fashion. 
11/11/202225 minutes, 9 seconds
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Staff Input on Dry Eye Management and Technician Training

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, are joined by Dr. O’Dell’s lead technician, Heather Bollinger. Ms. Bollinger shares questions that have come up while coordinating care for patients with dry eye and imparts her insights on how to effectively train and educate technicians. 
10/20/202235 minutes, 15 seconds
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Treating Soldiers With OSD

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, talk with Elena Carter, OD, who shares her experiences caring for active-duty military and veterans, including how she uses dehydrated amniotic membranes to treat ocular surface disease in these populations. 
9/19/202235 minutes, 27 seconds
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How to Diagnose and Treat Nocturnal Lagophthalmos

This month, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, dedicate the episode to the fairly common, yet sometimes elusive condition, nocturnal lagophthalmos, which clinicians encounter in their patients with dry eye. They pick the brain of Douglas K. Devries, OD, who talks about how he identifies patients with the condition, testing he uses, treatment options, and potential pitfalls associated with disease management. 
8/12/202230 minutes, 57 seconds
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Always Be Mindful of Your Patients’ Ocular Surface

On this episode of To the Point, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, talk glaucoma management and ocular surface complications with Justin Schweitzer, OD, FAAO. Dr. Schweitzer shares some ways to support ocular surface health in patients with glaucoma, who often experience dry eye symptoms with long-term drop usage. 
7/14/202225 minutes, 36 seconds
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The Changing Landscape of Dry Eye Disease

In this episode of To the Point, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, are joined by Kelly K. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, who shares her knowledge of novel dry eye therapies in the pipeline. Dr. Nichols also discusses what optometrists can look forward to in the next couple of years. 
6/16/202230 minutes, 32 seconds
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How the Autonomic Nervous System Is Connected to Dry Eye

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, speak with Diana Driscoll, OD, about her experience with POTS disease and how it led her to discover a link between the autonomic nervous system and dry eye. Dr. Driscoll believes that dry eye is just one manifestation of a systemic issue, shares her advice on how to recognize and manage patients with autonomic conditions, and more.
5/19/202227 minutes, 56 seconds
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Making the Move to an Aesthetic Practice

Hosts Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, talk practice management strategies with guest Melanie Denton, OD, MBA, FAAO. Dr. Denton outlines the pros of earning an MBA, the steps she took in opening her practice and adding aesthetics, how to hire consultants, and general patient beauty routines. 
4/14/202231 minutes, 16 seconds
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Identifying Thyroid Eye Disease

Jacob Lang, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, joins hosts Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, to explain the potential warning signs of thyroid eye disease and the condition’s correlation with dry eye disease (DED). Dr. Lang discusses how physicians can identify the underlying symptoms of thyroid eye disease, how to differentiate those symptoms from DED, and how to appropriately manage these patients.
3/17/202226 minutes, 47 seconds
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A Data-Driven Approach to Dry Eye Treatment

Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, and Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, welcome Crystal M. Brimer, OD, FAAO—a dry eye specialist based out of Wilmington, NC, and the founder of The Dry Eye Institute. Dr. Brimer shares her process in developing the Oculus Crystal Tear Report and how it became the foundation for The Dry Eye Institute, how she maximizes referrals to her practice, and more. 
2/16/202240 minutes, 8 seconds
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Reviewing Practice Growth Methods From 2021

In 2022’s first episode of To The Point, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, look back at some of the technologies, investments, and practice growth strategies they implemented in the last year. How have these developments improved patient relations and refined how each physician treats dry eye and other ocular surface diseases? 
1/18/202218 minutes, 12 seconds
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A Nasal Spray for Natural Tear Production

Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, and Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, welcome Tom Kislan, OD, to discuss Tyrvaya (Oyster Point Pharma)—an FDA-approved nasal spray for dry eye treatment. Together, they discuss the link between neural stimulation and basal tear production, patient selection for Tyrvaya, patient education on product use within the clinic, and more. 
12/15/202123 minutes, 37 seconds
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High-Tech Treatments for Ocular Surface Disease

In this episode of To the Point, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, are joined by Kambiz Silani, OD, Chief Clinical Director of Beverly Hills Optometry and founder of its Advanced Dry Eye Center. Dr. Silani elaborates on how his high-tech practice utilizes office-based devices to properly diagnose and treat patients with ocular surface disease. He also discusses his path to dry eye, his use of social media to grow his practice, and more.
11/17/202141 minutes, 19 seconds
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Reexamining the Patient Experience in Optometry

Leslie O'Dell, OD, FAAO, and Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, are joined by Adam Ramsey, OD, co-founder of Black Eyecare Perspective and owner of Socialite Vision in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In this episode, Dr. Ramsey discusses his model of concierge medicine and how personalized eye care enhances his patients’ experiences. He then dives into his work with Black Eyecare Perspective, describing how the organization is working to increase Black representation in optometry and at board level with companies in the field. 
10/15/202131 minutes, 19 seconds
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Ocular Health-Based Cosmetics

Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, are joined by Amy Gallant Sullivan, executive director and co-creator of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) and founder of Eyes Are The Story—a wellness-meets-beauty brand focused on eye health. In this episode, Ms. Gallant Sullivan discusses the origins of TFOS and the organization’s goal with dry eye education and beyond, and touches on Eyes Are The Story’s line of cosmetics aimed at promoting ocular health.
9/15/202128 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Intersection of Aesthetics and Ocular Health

Janelle L. Davison, OD, joins To The Point to discuss her groundbreaking businesses, which include her Dry Eye Spa and Brilliant Eyes Vision Center, and the intersection of aesthetics and ocular health. Dr. Davison breaks down her foray into dry eye treatment, the benefits of combining self care with eye care in her spa, and more. 
8/16/202133 minutes, 58 seconds
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Take a Deep Dive Into Dry Eye Disease

In this episode of To the Point, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, welcome Arthur Epstein, OD, FAAO, for an in-depth discussion about dry eye disease (DED). Dr. Epstein is the cofounder of Phoenix Eye Care, heads its Dry Eye/OSD Center, and serves as its director of clinical research. Dr. Epstein shares insight into his clinical research of DED, his methods for clinical therapy, and how to manage noncompliant patients.
7/16/202133 minutes, 30 seconds
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Incorporating Oxervate Into Your Practice

In this episode of To the Point, Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, and Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, welcome Lauren McLoughlin, OD, to discuss the best methods for incorporating Oxervate (cenegermin-bkbj ophthalmic solution 0.002%, Dompé) into your practice to treat dry eye disease. Dr. McLoughlin provides insight into her process for treating patients with Oxervate, how she tests for corneal sensitivity, and the importance of treating neurotrophic keratitis in patients with dry eye. 
6/17/202127 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Appeal of Aesthetic Optometry

In this episode of To The Point, hosts Leslie O’Dell, OD, FAAO, and Jackie Garlich, OD, FAAO, welcome Carly Rose, OD, FAAO, to discuss her usage of radiofrequency as a treatment option within her practice. Together, they discuss the appeal of aesthetic treatment and IPL, Dr. Rose’s popular social media presence, and how she pivoted her office to specialize in dry eye treatment.
5/21/202127 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hear How One Practice Creates and Uses PRP to Treat Patients With Dry Eye

With dry eye cases on the rise in the past five years, optometrists are looking for new effective treatment options. In this episode of To the Point, Leslie and Jackie are joined by Mahnia Madan, OD, FAAO, to discuss her experience treating dry eye disease with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) at her practice in Vancouver, British Columbia. They discuss how Dr. Madan’s practice creates their PRP eye drops, review case studies regarding PRP to treat dry eye, and much more.
4/20/202132 minutes
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All About Omegas

Nutrition is a factor in so many disease processes, including those affecting the eyes. Jackie and Leslie talk with guest Kimberly Friedman, OD, FAAO, about the role of omega fatty acids in dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction, including when to add them to a patient’s treatment protocol and in what dose, form, and ratio. Dr. Friedman also describes the difference between wild caught salmon and tuna versus farm-raised fish and explains which omega-3 supplements are the most beneficial for eye health.
3/18/202129 minutes, 22 seconds
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What’s New in Dry Eye?

Leslie and Jackie are back, talking all things dry eye. In their latest episode, they talk about new treatment options available for dry eye and introduce a new term: dry eye flares. The duo also discuss upcoming technologies and management strategies, the importance of continuing education, and more.
2/26/202133 minutes, 23 seconds
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What to Do With Noncompliant Dry Eye Patients

Do you have patients who find it difficult to stick with their dry eye treatment plans? In this episode of To the Point, Leslie and Jackie discuss how they have handled various noncompliant patient situations. The hosts also provide tips for increasing patient adherence to treatment plans and improving return rates for follow-up visits.
12/17/202031 minutes, 32 seconds
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Don’t Forget About At-Home Dry Eye Care

No matter how hard you may try to rehabilitate the ocular surface of your dry eye patients, if you don’t get good at-home regimens in place, they may fail treatment. In this episode of To the Point, Leslie and Jackie review the three categories of at-home care products available for chronic dry eye: cleansers, heat products, and nutraceuticals. They discuss different examples from each category and offer advice on how to ensure your patients follow their treatment plan.
11/19/202029 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Dry Eye Diagnostic Armamentarium: A Look at the Options

Unsure of which tools you should get for your dry eye practice? Hosts Leslie and Jackie give a rundown of the different diagnostic tools you can purchase for your growing dry eye clinic, from low-end to high-end and everything in between, sharing their personal challenges and successes with each.
10/22/202032 minutes, 40 seconds
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Systemic Diseases and Dry Eye

Ever have a patient with suspected dry eye who didn’t quite fit the bill? In this episode of To the Point, Leslie and Jackie discuss how dry eye isn’t always an isolated condition. Learn how a patient’s medication list and medical history can play a crucial role in their disease.
9/24/202028 minutes, 48 seconds
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How to Handle Dry Eye Masqueraders

Knowing what to do when confronted with a dry eye masquerader can go a long way to ensuring better patient outcomes. Working their way in from the outside of the eye, starting with the lid and ending with the cornea, hosts Leslie and Jackie discuss how to identify and manage conditions that can masquerade or contribute to dry eye and complicate a patient’s treatment plan.
8/21/202029 minutes, 24 seconds
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Putting the “Eye” in IPL

Hosts Leslie and Jackie are joined by guest Damon Dierker, OD, FAAO, to share their experiences with intense pulsed light therapy for treating inflammation in patients with dry eye and meibomian gland dysfunction and discuss the procedure’s limitations and positive cosmetic benefits.
7/23/202030 minutes, 48 seconds
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A Crash Course on Scleral Lens Fitting for Dry Eye

Unsure of when to use scleral lenses for dry eye? Not sure where to start? Hosts Leslie and Jackie talk with guest Melissa Barnett, OD, FAAO, FSLS, FBCLA, about the benefits and challenges of fitting these lenses in patients with various ocular surface conditions.
6/26/202031 minutes, 5 seconds