This is the face of a girl who left Instagram for 2 WEEKS + now I’m BACK!! 😆 I missed you, my lovelies! 😘😘😘
A lot of people do this because they need a digital media detox, but that wasn’t the case for me. I was just too damn busy to get around to it with increased clinic hours, my sons birthday, everyone getting sick, and packing for Hawaii! 🌈
So tell me, how’s your 2019 going? Is it as fabulous as you hoped it would be?
This is a photo of an eye that underwent 4 corneal transplant surgeries over a 5 year period. The 3 previous transplants failed due to infection or rejection. This eye has remained clear and stable for the last 14 months. 6 months ago we fit this eye with a computer designed scleral lens which is allowing this patient to see clearly (20/40) and comfortably for the first time in many years. Another example of art and science coming together to improve our patient’s quality of life.
Take on the aviator trend in these @Prada glasses!
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Evisceration is a surgical technique by which all intraocular contents are removed while preserving the remaining scleral shell, extraocular muscle attachments, and surrounding orbital adnexa. The surgery often includes placement of an implant into the evisceration cavity to maintain appropriate orbital volume.
Evisceration may be more difficult in cases of phthisis bulbi or microphthalmos due to a lack of sufficient scleral shell volume to adequately encase the implant. While enucleation is generally the preferred surgical choice in these patients, several modified evisceration techniques have been described whereby the globe is divided by various types of posterior or equatorial sclerotomies, allowing the placement of a larger implant in these cases.
Another popular technique was also described by Long in 2000 in which a posterior sclerotomy was created, the optic nerve transected, and the orbital implant placed behind both the posterior and anterior flaps of sclera. This allows for even up to 22-23mm implant sizes; and the benefit of two layers of sclera over the anterior face of the implant decreases dehiscence and implant exposure.
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I firmly believe that most people have a longing to do something for their fellow man, in order that it may be said when they have passed on that their lives have not been spent in vain.
A real #10yearchallenge 😖
How much has your sight changed? For the average person, the most rapid shifts of sight occur during teenage years and after the age of 40. It's a good idea to keep track of startling changes so that you and your family can maintain reaction time, work performance, and health. Note this for your yearly eye checkups and your optometrist might even be the first to see the onset of other diseases.
Parents can start noticing vision problems with their kids in several ways besides blurry text. Sitting too close to the screen or a book, rubbing eyes, and headaches during watching or reading are huge indicators. While light sensitivity and squinting are more obvious symptoms, there are also subtle developments too; when your child constantly loses their place while reading or falling grades. Nearsightedness has quickly become common over the decades but is easier to correct while strabismus (crossed or independently moving eyes) can be trained.
After 40, presbyopia begins to affect everyone. Inflexibility of the eye lens is part of the natural aging process, so it gets harder to focus on reading up close. Dry eyes can start becoming annoying or painful and most have to deal with night driving. Bad habits could have built over the years which you can try to curb: forgetting sunglasses outdoors, dehydration, poor diet, and smoking all take a toll on your eyes.
At any of these ages, always eat your greens to get your vitamins A, C, & D. Beta-carotein, lutein, and bioflavonoids are easy to find in your "colorful" food to maintain healthy sparkly eyes!
Enjoy your three-day weekend and Happy Martin Luther's King Day!
This is a video of a patient who developed a relatively uncommon complication from LASIK eye surgery. Nine years after his LASIK surgery, this patient developed corneal ectasia. For months he was unable to function visually and was unable to work. Last year we fit both eyes with computer designed scleral lenses which are providing him with clear (20/20) comfortable vision once again. This patient’s eyes and vision are being carefully monitored by me. Small additional changes to his lenses may need to be made, however, he is back at work, recently got married and has his life back. It’s patients like this that keep me coming back to my office every day trying to make life better for so many patients in need of this amazing technology.
15-year-old Jordyn was rushed to the KU Medical Center Emergency Room at 4:43 pm on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018 due to 10 days of severe stomach pain, vomiting and bloody diarrhea (colitis). During the 3 to 4-hour wait in the ER, Jordyn began to swell, causing a sudden loss of vision. She was rushed to the pediatric ICU around 9:01 pm. The pressure behind Jordyn's eyes was an average of 85 mmHg. Ophthalmologists cut slits by her eyes to detach her eyelids and to try and open the eye socket in order to reduce swelling.
The swelling began to subside after removal of the orbital bones and receiving upwards of 1000 mg of steroids.
Jordyn was sedated and further testing was done. As time progressed, she remained in the PICU. Jordyn was tested for her eyesight to come back for the next 3 days. On the evening of Sunday, December 16th, it was determined that Jordyn would be completely blind. It is unlikely she will ever see even shadows of light again. Doctors believe that the blood flow to the optic nerve was compromised, severely damaging one nerve and completely destroying the other. Her right eye experienced what in the brain would be similar to a stroke, obliterating her optic nerve and causing severe damage to the retina. The substantial pressure in both eyes stretched the optic nerve, completely separating it from her right eye and compromising it beyond repair in the left.
This is not Jordyn’s first time experiencing this horrific swelling. In July 2017, this same mysterious illness cost Jordyn her senses of smell and taste. This year, she lost her sense of sight.
#10yearchallenge I wasn't planning to make a post, but some of you have asked and I thought it would be beneficial to share (inspired by many of you 🙌). Things are not always as rosy as it appears on IG or SDN. 2009 was a low point in my life 😞. Sure, it was supposed to be an exciting time graduating from college. However, it was towards the end of my 1st dental school application cycle with 0 interviews. I had no job lined up, student loans to pay, and was moving back home.
Then things changed. A glimpse of hope. I was accepted into a SMP🙏. Lessons learned:
1) Stop doing the same thing and expect different results. No more excuses. I moved to another state. Took this opportunity to show that I can do well in graduate level science classes. Re-evaluated my learning style to study in a way that worked for me (Did anyone ever teach you how to study?). Invested in new study materials and practice tests, re-took the DAT, and improved my score.
2) Follow your passion and network. I continued volunteering in a community dental clinic and stayed in contact with different dental schools. Took dental laboratory technology classes to improve my skill set. The connections I made doing so led to much more insightful letters of recommendations for both dental school and future scholarships.
3) Self-evaluate and stay resilient. Adapt to various situations. Opportunities are not going to knock on your door...go find it! Keep moving forward and don't get tied down by mistakes. Learn from them. Continue learning. These are experiences that build character!
These lessons remain true today as I am scrambling towards the end of my Prosthodontics residency and getting ready to live up to the expectations as a specialist. "It doesn't matter how you get there, it only matters that you have arrived" 👍 Can you relate?
Be thankful for where you are now and keep fighting for where you want to be tomorrow 👩🏻⚕️
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Because.. why not 😝 #10yearchallenge
Left: Graduation Day at UVA. Missing brows and clearly didn’t own SPF. She was quiet, lacked confidence, didn’t know what she wanted, and was afraid of failure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Right: Practicing optometrist in NYC. Still has colored hair, better brows. But she’s more confident, knows what she wants & works for it, no longer afraid of the unknown. She’s fulfilled with her career path, her travels, her future ambitions.
If I could tell the girl on the left one thing, it would be to trust in the process. Don’t be so hard on yourself or have your whole life figured out love. Amazing things can happen out of order, enjoy the journey one step at a time❤️.
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Guess I’ll play this 10 year challenge game too. 😝
2009: 2nd year in college, not taking college too seriously, no direction in which career I wanted to pursue, short hair, tan, terrible eyebrows.
2019: optometrist for 2 years, very happy with career choice, smarter, wiser, long hair, less tan but better eyebrows 😉 and managed to keep the same weight for 10 years
P.S. in 10 more years, I don’t think I want to play this game.
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Esses dias tive o prazer e a honrra de está realizando a avaliação visual dos meus queridos pais, é muito gratificante poder cuidar do jeito que a gente pode de quem tanto amamos, agradeço primeiramente a Deus por ele sempre está no controle de nossas vidas, e agradeço também a senhora e a meu Pai que sempre estiveram me apoiando durante toda minha vida, me incentivando e me encorajando para chegar aonde cheguei, muito obrigado por tudo!! Amo o que faço!! Orgulho de ser Optometrista.
Ps : Só faltou a foto com meu pai rsrs.
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Getting the most out of life isn’t about how much you keep for yourself, but how much you give to others 🙌🏼.
I had an amazing time speaking to SCO students to help mentor and hopefully inspire them. I spoke about new grad challenges, practice and location modalities, leveraging skills, social media, brand building, and work life balance. It was such an honor! Thank you @vspvisioncare for sponsoring the event !❤️
P.S. things I love about the South: sweet southern drawl, delicious bbq 🤤, and love blues🎼. What about you?
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Eye see you! Happy New Years everyone. I wanted to start it off by introducing myself to all my new friends that have joined my little journey to become an OD!
😅I may or may not have trespassed for 30 seconds to take this photo
👩🏻⚕️I’m a first year optometry student! I graduated last spring with a Biology B.S. degree
📍I’m located in the most bipolar weather state of Texas
▶️ I discovered my love for video making through working with Kaplan and started a YouTube channel to answer all the FAQ DM’ed to me + more!
☕️ I like trying out different coffee brands and experimenting with combinations of creamers
📚 This instagram was originally created as a space for me to upload my notes but then evolved into a mini blog haha. 🥰My boyfriend and I have been together for over 3 years and we’re currently in a LDR because he’s in medical school and I’m in opto
🏈 If you couldn’t tell already, I’m a huge football fan! #COWBOYS
That’s a little bit of me :) tell me about yourself and if we have anything in common!! I would love to read them
Walking into this week like...😎
Happy Monday fam! Sometimes it’s easy to lose sight when the end goal seems so far away. But don’t ever give up on what you believe, your purpose. And remember why you started in the first place. What’s one thing you want to get done this week?