After practicing optometry for a year, I’ve learned many things to help improve my clinical skills and speed up my exams. Here are my top 5 tips for after optometry school!
1) Treating Red Eyes
If there’s no large epithelial defect, throw a steroid on it. DON’T BE AFRAID OF STEROIDS! Many new optometry grads (and even seasoned doctors) are terrified of steroids due to their (unlikely) propensity to raise IOP and cause early cataracts. First of all, most red eyes won’t be on steroids long enough to cause pressure spikes, and if there is a rise in IOP, discontinue the steroid, or if that is not an option, use IOP lowering drops until the red eye subsides. Bacterial? Viral? Allergic? SPK? If it’s red, use a steroid or combo drop while keeping track of IOP. I’ve treated many in the short year I’ve been practicing, and none so far have caused a pressure spike. If steroids are needed long term, remember your soft steroids (i.e. Lotemax, Alrex, Zylet, FML). This is key to know for after optometry school!
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