Kevin Cornwell, OD

Kevin Cornwell, OD

Dr. Kevin Cornwell graduated from The New England College of Optometry in 2015. He went on to complete a residency in ocular and systemic disease with Indian Health Services in Zuni, New Mexico. He now works with MACT Health Board, Inc in Northern California, a nonprofit organization that provides healthcare for Native Americans. He is enthusiastic about bringing eye care to populations in need, both domestically and abroad. He has been involved with several humanitarian outreach projects, in various parts of California, New Mexico, Nicaragua and Mexico. He is passionate about managing the ocular manifestations of systemic disease, and monitoring ocular pathology through retinal imaging with spectral domain optical coherence tomography. He’s also an avid health crusader and enjoys educating and encouraging patients to better manage metabolic disease. Dr. Cornwell enjoys hiking in the Sierras and recording music as a guitarist for Cornwell Studios' youtube channel.

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Resources
Why Optometrists Should Be Medically Billing
Coding & Billing
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.

October 3, 2022
Practicing Optometry in an Urban Setting
Careers
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.

August 4, 2022
Inside the Optometry Residency: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Residency
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.

May 25, 2022
Inside the Optometry Residency: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Residency
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.

April 12, 2022
Navigating Student Loans Post-COVID: What's New in 2022?
Student Loans
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.

February 18, 2022
Fish Oil for AMD, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Retinopathy
Products & Technology
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.

February 14, 2022
Optometry at the VA: Inside the Optometry Residency
Residency
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.

February 7, 2022
What's the Average Starting Salary for Optometrists in 2022?
Salary & Benefits
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.

January 21, 2022
Pediatric Eyecare: Inside the Optometry Residency
Residency
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.

November 17, 2021
Community Health Centers: Inside the Optometry Residency
Residency
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.

October 11, 2021
5 Clinical Uses for the Topcon Maestro 3D OCT
Diagnostics & Imaging
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.

October 1, 2021
How to Survive First Year in Optometry School
Optometry Students
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!

September 6, 2021
Top 4 Tips for Improving Patient Trust
Practice Management
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.

August 16, 2021
Red Flags to Avoid When Buying an Optometry Practice
Practice Transitions
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.

August 13, 2021
Astigmatism Management in Cataract Surgery
Clinical Guides
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.

August 3, 2021
How to Hire an Optometrist in a Rural Area
Careers
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.

July 6, 2021
The Quick and Easy Guide to Optician Hiring
Hiring
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.

May 12, 2021
The Guide to Choosing Your Optometry Externship
Optometry Students
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!

May 4, 2021
The Genetics Behind Common Corneal Dystrophies
Genetics
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.

April 16, 2021
Enhancing Vision and Elevating Care: Varilux® Lens Solutions for Every Presbyope
Ophthalmic Lenses
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!

April 12, 2021
Top Lessons Learned From 5 Years in Optometry Practice
Practice Management
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.

March 3, 2021
Downloadable Portuguese Language Cheatsheet for Optometrists
Language
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.

February 5, 2021
Optometry Educators on the Future of Eyecare
Pre-optometry
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.

January 7, 2021
A Focus on Myopia Management: Optometry Career Profiles
Careers
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.

December 29, 2020
Top 5 Lifestyle Tips to Help Eradicate Diabetes (and How ODs Can Help)
Diabetes
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.

December 22, 2020
Building a Career in Low Vision Care: Optometry Career Profiles
Careers
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!

December 10, 2020
Succeeding in Pediatric Optometry: Career Profiles
Careers
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!

October 15, 2020
Practicing in the VA: Optometry Career Profiles
Careers
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!

October 8, 2020
The OD's Introduction to Bell's Palsy
Clinical Guides
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.

October 2, 2020
Comparing Equipment for Optometry Students: Which Diagnostic Set Is Best?
Optometry Students
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.

September 25, 2020
Optometry in the Military: Career Profiles
Careers
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.

September 10, 2020
Community Health Centers: Optometry Career Profiles
Careers
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.

August 12, 2020
How to Build a Career Out of Specialty Contact Lenses: Optometry Career Profiles
Careers
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.

July 29, 2020
Finding a Career Path with the Indian Health Service: Optometry Career Profiles
Careers
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.

July 24, 2020
Anti-Fog Glasses Options for Daily Life and Mask Wearing
Products & Technology
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.

July 21, 2020
What Comes After Paying Off Your Optometry Student Loans
Student Loans
What Comes After Paying Off Your Optometry Student Loans

So you've paid off your student loans—what's next?

June 29, 2020
Ordering Labs For Uveitis: Downloadable Cheat Sheet
Clinical Guides
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.

June 25, 2020
Optometry in the Prison System: Career Profiles
Careers
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.

June 9, 2020
Finding Your Path to Academic Optometry: Career Profiles
Careers
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.

June 3, 2020
Top Eyecare Scams (Past and Present)
Optometry Industry Info
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.

May 18, 2020
Optometry and Ocular Surgery in the Middle Ages
Surgery
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!

April 30, 2020
An Introduction to Metabolic Risk Factors in Open Angle Glaucoma
Clinical Guides
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.

April 21, 2020
How to Become a MES Vision Provider
Credentialing
How to Become a MES Vision Provider

Here's how to become a provider with MES Vision!

April 17, 2020
How to Become a FEDVIP Provider
Credentialing
How to Become a FEDVIP Provider

Here's how to become a provider with FEDVIP!

April 10, 2020
How to Become an Aetna Provider
Credentialing
How to Become an Aetna Provider

Here's how to become a provider with Aetna!

April 4, 2020
How to Become an AlwaysCare Provider
Credentialing
How to Become an AlwaysCare Provider

Here's how to become a provider with AlwaysCare!

April 3, 2020
Practicing Remote Optometry: Opportunities for Telemedicine in Your Practice
Telemedicine
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!

March 31, 2020
Top 5 Tips for Troubleshooting New Glasses Complaints
Practice Management
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.

March 26, 2020
How to Become a Vision Benefits of America Provider
Credentialing
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!

March 13, 2020
An Introduction to Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Clinical Guides
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!

February 18, 2020
How to Become a United Health Care Provider
Credentialing
How to Become a United Health Care Provider

Here's how to become a provider of United Health Care!

February 13, 2020
How to Become a Vision Plan of America Provider
Credentialing
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.

February 5, 2020
An Introduction to Traumatic Optic Neuropathy
Clinical Guides
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!

February 4, 2020
How to Become an EyeQuest Provider
Credentialing
How to Become an EyeQuest Provider
January 31, 2020
How to Become an EyeBenefits Provider
Credentialing
How to Become an EyeBenefits Provider

View the article for screenshots and information on becoming an EyeBenefits provider.

January 21, 2020
Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technologies in Optometry and Ophthalmology
Products & Technology
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.

January 9, 2020
Optometry Non-Compete Agreements in All 50 States
Legal
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.

December 20, 2019
Managing Neovascular Glaucoma in Cardiovascular Disease
Clinical Guides
Managing Neovascular Glaucoma in Cardiovascular Disease

A systematic approach to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neovascular glaucoma in patients with cardiovascular disease.

December 17, 2019
The Basics of Glaucoma for the General Practitioner
Clinical Guides
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.

December 6, 2019
Top 5 Ways to Market Your Optometry Practice Through Community Outreach
Marketing
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.

October 24, 2019
Top 5 Tips for Applying to Residency Programs
Residency
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.

September 30, 2019
The Top 3 Disruptors to the Optometric Profession in 2019
Products & Technology
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.

September 16, 2019
Top 5 Lessons Learned from my Ocular Disease Residency
Residency
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!

June 21, 2019
5 Ways to Improve Your Spanish Communication Skills
Language
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!

May 27, 2019
Top 5 Clinical Skills & Techniques for the New Grad OD
Clinical Guides
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.

April 5, 2019
The New Grad's Guide to OD/MD Practice
Co-management
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.

August 14, 2018
Optometry within the Indian Health Service: Residency and Beyond
Residency
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?

April 19, 2018
My Patient Has Optic Nerve Pallor: What Do I Do?
Clinical Guides
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.

February 27, 2018
Type 2 Diabetes Prevention & Remission: The Optometrist’s New Role
Diabetes
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.

January 30, 2018
Eyecare in Prison - Alternate Career Pathways
Careers
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.

November 8, 2017