Kevin Cornwell, OD
Why Optometrists Should Be Medically Billing
In most practice settings, the implementation of medical billing makes sense from a business standpoint, but also from a patient care perspective. Review the main reasons why optometrists should be billing medically, common codes, and mistakes to avoid.
Practicing Optometry in an Urban Setting
Practicing optometry in a major urban area has both advantages and disadvantages. Explore each to determine whether an urban setting is a good fit for you.
Inside the Optometry Residency: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Learn from four residency directors, as well as two former residents, why specialty contact lenses and anterior segment care may be the perfect career path for those striving to find their niche within the eyecare profession.
Inside the Optometry Residency: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Low vision rehabilitation can provide new grad optometrists with invaluable clinical experience. Here, two directors, a professor, and four former residents each share their advice on pursuing a low vision residency.
Navigating Student Loans Post-COVID: What's New in 2022?
In light of recent changes, borrowers should use this time to reassess their financial strategy in tackling their student loan debt and consider all of their options. See what’s new on the horizon for federal student loans in 2022.
Fish Oil for AMD, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Retinopathy
When used properly, prescriptions for nutritional supplements—like fish oil for eyes—can help facilitate healing and prevent disease progression.
Optometry at the VA: Inside the Optometry Residency
Considering an optometry residency within the Veteran's Affairs health system? Residency directors from three of the country's top VA programs offer guidance, inspiration, and inside information.
What's the Average Starting Salary for Optometrists in 2022?
Salary can play a major part in selecting the right job, and it can vary widely. We've broken down what starting salary you can expect based on a range of factors.
Inside the Optometry Residency: Indian Health Service
Pediatric Eyecare: Inside the Optometry Residency
Considering an optometry pediatric residency? Get guidance and inside information from residency directors from three of the country's top pediatric programs.
Community Health Centers: Inside the Optometry Residency
Three residency directors from community health center programs offer expertise and insight for students contemplating whether or not residency training is right for them.
5 Clinical Uses for the Topcon Maestro 3D OCT
Two leading ODS share why the Topcon Maestro has become a crucial instrument in their office and reveal their top 5 uses of it.
How to Survive First Year in Optometry School
Making small adjustments to optimize routines and build discipline during optometry school will help ensure a successful academic and professional career. Utilize these tips to not only survive but thrive!
Top 4 Tips for Improving Patient Trust
Despite the high demands of running a busy practice, eyecare providers cannot overlook the importance of patient comfort, trust, and satisfaction. Follow these strategies to improve bedside manner and build better doctor-patient relationships.
Red Flags to Avoid When Buying an Optometry Practice
Finding a satisfactory practice to purchase can be challenging, but ultimately rewarding. Here are the red flags to avoid to ensure your purchasing process is smooth and successful.
Astigmatism Management in Cataract Surgery
In this course, we’ll be discussing the importance of choosing the right IOL implant for our astigmatic patients undergoing cataract surgery and dive into three patient cases using toric lenses.
How to Hire an Optometrist in a Rural Area
Hiring an optometrist in a rural setting comes with a unique set of challenges—but, with the right approach, you can find an OD that will fit perfectly into your practice and your community.
The Quick and Easy Guide to Optician Hiring
A skilled optician is a crucial member of your practice staff, but finding the right person can be difficult! Here's what to look for when searching for your next optician.
The Guide to Choosing Your Optometry Externship
Externship rotations are an exciting time for optometry students as you transition to clinic full time. Here's what to know about the optometry externship selection process!
The Genetics Behind Common Corneal Dystrophies
From troubleshooting unexplained vision loss and dry eye symptoms, to assessing future risk of other ocular diseases, having a thorough understanding of corneal dystrophies is essential for all eye care practitioners. In this article, we review the genetics behind common corneal dystrophies and explore how they affect each layer of the cornea.
Enhancing Vision and Elevating Care: Varilux® Lens Solutions for Every Presbyope
Choosing the right lens portfolio for your practice will not only help your patients see better, but will also give them a positive view of your skills as a doctor and your practice as a whole—and happy patients can mean patient referrals and practice growth!
Top Lessons Learned From 5 Years in Optometry Practice
Once you're a not-so-new-grad, take some time to stop and reflect on everything you've learned—from the best financial advice to best practices in clinical care.
Downloadable Portuguese Language Cheatsheet for Optometrists
In this free downloadable cheat sheet, we’ll give you some common exam phrases and terminology—plus pronunciation guides—to help conduct an eye exam in Portuguese.
Optometry Educators on the Future of Eyecare
In recent years, the optometric profession has seen many changes take place, especially amidst this year’s Covid-19 pandemic. New opportunities and disruptors have made for an exciting, challenging, and unpredictable future for today’s primary eye care providers.
A Focus on Myopia Management: Optometry Career Profiles
Myopia management is a unique niche within the optometric profession. Optometrists practicing in this setting provide much-needed care to patients at risk for the myriad long-term ocular sequelae associated with myopia.
Top 5 Lifestyle Tips to Help Eradicate Diabetes (and How ODs Can Help)
With optometry’s ever-expanding role in health care, the OD’s role in caring for patients with diabetes doesn't have to begin and end with the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy.
Building a Career in Low Vision Care: Optometry Career Profiles
We talked to three optometrists about low vision care, how to gain experience with this modality, and what advice they have for ODs looking to focus on low vision care!
Succeeding in Pediatric Optometry: Career Profiles
We talked to three pediatric optometrists about what makes this specialty great, how to gain experience with this patient population, and what advice they have for ODs who want to focus on pediatrics!
Practicing in the VA: Optometry Career Profiles
We spoke with two optometrists about what it takes to build a career in the Veterans Affairs healthcare systems. Here's what ODs need to know!
The OD's Introduction to Bell's Palsy
When a patient presents with unilateral tearing, foreign body sensation, and inability to close their eye or smile on one side, what do you do? Take a deep breath, recall your neuroanatomy, and start your detective work.
Comparing Equipment for Optometry Students: Which Diagnostic Set Is Best?
When you start optometry school, your first big purchase is one you'll use your whole career: a diagnostic set. There are a number of brands out there—and opinions—so which one should you choose? Our article breaks it down.
Optometry in the Military: Career Profiles
We interviewed four military optometrists to learn about their experiences, career paths, and advice when it comes to this setting.
Community Health Centers: Optometry Career Profiles
Working in community health is a great opportunity for optometrists who want to provide care to underserved communities and see a wide range of pathology and eyecare needs.
How to Build a Career Out of Specialty Contact Lenses: Optometry Career Profiles
Interested in pursuing a career in specialty contact lenses? This interview with three ODs in the field covers the background, training, and daily practice in this specialty setting.
Finding a Career Path with the Indian Health Service: Optometry Career Profiles
Interested in practicing optometry in the Indian Health Service? Get the inside scoop from two ODs working with the IHS, from challenges to opportunities and benefits.
Anti-Fog Glasses Options for Daily Life and Mask Wearing
Face masks have become a major part of daily life around the world—which means your patients are going to be looking for anti-fog solutions.
What Comes After Paying Off Your Optometry Student Loans
So you've paid off your student loans—what's next?
Ordering Labs For Uveitis: Downloadable Cheat Sheet
So your patient has recurrent, unresponsive, bilateral or granulomatous uveitis. What's next? Here's your quick guide to labs and indications.
Optometry in the Prison System: Career Profiles
A common piece of advice for early career ODs is to try as many settings as possible. Here's the inside scoop on practicing optometry in a correctional setting, from challenges to opportunities and benefits.
Finding Your Path to Academic Optometry: Career Profiles
We interviewed two optometrists working in academia to understand the opportunities, challenges, and benefits of this setting.
Top Eyecare Scams (Past and Present)
Intentionally or not, there's a lot of misinformation about eyecare out there. Here are some of the most common misconceptions and where they come from.
Optometry and Ocular Surgery in the Middle Ages
Sure, some forms of ophthalmic surgery today might seem intimidating, but we took a dive into the history of eyecare to illustrate just how far we've come!
An Introduction to Metabolic Risk Factors in Open Angle Glaucoma
In this course, explore the recent research on the correlation between metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus (DM) and primary open angle glaucoma.
How to Become a MES Vision Provider
Here's how to become a provider with MES Vision!
How to Become a FEDVIP Provider
Here's how to become a provider with FEDVIP!
How to Become an Aetna Provider
Here's how to become a provider with Aetna!
How to Become an AlwaysCare Provider
Here's how to become a provider with AlwaysCare!
Practicing Remote Optometry: Opportunities for Telemedicine in Your Practice
Keeping your practice open during the coronavirus pandemic could mean changing the way you practice optometry—if only for the time being. Here's how to add telemedicine to your practice, plus extra tips on what to do when you're not keeping routine appointments!
Top 5 Tips for Troubleshooting New Glasses Complaints
No matter how great of a clinician you are, you'll have some patients coming in with complaints about their prescription. Here are five tips for troubleshooting the most common problems with new glasses.
How to Become a Vision Benefits of America Provider
Vision Benefits of America (VBA) is a vision and dental insurance company available in all 50 states to individuals, employers and brokers. Here's how to get credentialed!
An Introduction to Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Learn all about the dos and don'ts of treating patients with IIH. Signs, symptoms, treatment, patient characteristics, and more!
How to Become a United Health Care Provider
Here's how to become a provider of United Health Care!
How to Become a Vision Plan of America Provider
Vision Plan of America is a vision and dental plan for individuals, families or employees, only available in California. The current network consists of 413 providers across the state.
An Introduction to Traumatic Optic Neuropathy
Unexplained atrophy to the optic nerve can be an unsettling finding. What are the causes? Learn what you need to know about TON, as well as how to treat these patients, by taking this course!
How to Become an EyeQuest Provider
How to Become an EyeBenefits Provider
View the article for screenshots and information on becoming an EyeBenefits provider.
Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies in Optometry and Ophthalmology
The eyecare industry is constantly changing as new technological advancements are being added to the market. Artificial intelligence represents just one of the many innnovations out there today.
Optometry Non-Compete Agreements in All 50 States
Most optometry employment agreements contain a non-compete clause. Learn what it means when you're looking for a new job and whether your state has special guidelines.
Managing Neovascular Glaucoma in Cardiovascular Disease
A systematic approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neovascular glaucoma in patients with cardiovascular disease.
The Basics of Glaucoma for the General Practitioner
This course contains the latest information on glaucoma management and treatment. Learn what you can do to best treat these patients.
Top 5 Ways to Market Your Optometry Practice Through Community Outreach
So, you've started a practice. Now comes the next step: you need patients. Here's how to market your practice to your community and get patients coming in the door.
Top 5 Tips for Applying to Residency Programs
If you're looking to obtain specialized experience, then an optometry residency is the way to go. Read on to learn the top five tips to ace the application process.
The Top 3 Disruptors to the Optometric Profession in 2019
While new innovations and technologies have made our lives easier, they have also brought significant changes to the optometric profession. Beginning with constantly growing online optical sales, technology is changing the game.
Top 5 Lessons Learned from my Ocular Disease Residency
Pursuing a residency is all about expanding your education and your potential career options. Know what to expect before you decide if its right for you!
5 Ways to Improve Your Spanish Communication Skills
Improving your Spanish-speaking skills can lead to more comfortable patients, better rapport, and more fluid appointments in your new language!
Top 5 Clinical Skills & Techniques for the New Grad OD
Turning classroom knowledge into clinical skills doesn't happen overnight, but as new grad, there are a few skills that you can keep in your back pocket.
The New Grad's Guide to OD/MD Practice
As you look for your next (or first) job, there’s a good chance you might find an opportunity within an OD/MD practice. Here's how to take advantage of it.
Optometry within the Indian Health Service: Residency and Beyond
As a new grad OD, you're looking to get the most experience and education from your first setting. Ever thought about an IHS optometry residency?
My Patient Has Optic Nerve Pallor: What Do I Do?
Underlying causes of pale optic nerves can range from benign to brain tumor, so the stakes are potentially high. In cases where we come up short on explaining the presence of optic atrophy given the patient’s history and exam findings, neuroimaging is our next best step.
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention & Remission: The Optometrist’s New Role
There are certain measures optometrist can take when it comes to type 2 diabetes prevention. Here are some things you should be considering.
Eyecare in Prison - Alternate Career Pathways
Delivering eyecare in prison may be a viable and rewarding career pathway for many new grad optometrists. Here is what you need to know.