Top 5 Things I’ve Learned One Year After Optometry School

Top 5 Things

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) IMG_2241propensity 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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