The ONLINE EYE EXAM: Can you compete?

Announcing The Optometric Society's public service campaign.  How is our campaign different from others?    Ours is a grassroots driven effort which depends on widespread participation for its success.   Ours will feature real life patient stories on a website aimed at the public.   Over the next year, TOS will sponsor a series of contests, calling for patient case reports and videos,  Winners will be awarded gift cards and announced in our newsletters.   Our first contest described below will be on OD Wire.   We will also be announcing an Optometry Student Video Contest, as well as contests on Facebook and Instagram.  

OD Wire Case Report Contest: Why a comprehensive eye exam? Why not just an optical scanning kiosk, an online refraction, or an Iphone App to save the commute, time, and money?  The Optometric Society is calling for your case reports of patients 18-40 years of age with corrected or uncorrected 20/20 - 20/25 vision in one or both eyes that yielded medical diagnosis after the refraction was performed. Retinal photos, anterior segment photos encouraged (names redacted) along with a brief SOAP format synopsis.

Log onto: https://www.odwire.org. Go to Special Interest Groups: The Optometric Society: you'll see the contest thread. Post your case! Contest begins: October 1, 2014 and ends October 31, 2014: Winners: case with the MOST LIKES wins a $50 Starbucks card. 2nd place: $25 3rd place: $15

Meet TOS Board Candidate, Dr. Bryan Wolynski

Dr. Wolynski is a candidate for the TOS Board of Directors.  A special election will be held in early October 2014 to vote on this highly qualified candidate.

Dr. Bryan Wolynski has been in the eye care field for over 25 years. He is a 2000 graduate of the New England College of Optometry and previously was a licensed optician since 1992. He continued his education by completing a residency in Primary Care at NOVA Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Wolynski maintains a private practice in New York City. He has also worked with the Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program, providing mobile eye care to financially underprivileged children as well as serving time as its Program Manager and Quality Assurance Officer.

Through his work with the program he has provided community outreach, education on children's vision to school administration and has presented in front of Florida State Senate and the Department of Health. Dr. Wolynski has also presented cases at the Southern Council of Optometry, the American Academy of Optometry and has provided continuing education lectures for Opticians and to the Florida Association of School Nurses.

He also practiced Low Vision at the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and currently performs low vision services at his private practice in New York, and is a consultant and study coordinator for OrCam Technologies, Jerusalem, Israel. Dr. Wolynski is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and more recently is working on improving access to comprehensive eye care for children without insurance in New York City, publishing and expanding his practice.

When Insurance and Pharmacies Compromise Patient Care

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by Gary S. Litman, OD, FAAO

I practice full scope optometry with an emphasis on medical eye care. Since the beginning of 2014 and increasingly getting worse, I have experienced a growing number of denials for branded prescriptions. This has compromised my ability to treat patients with the most effective medications. I have been waiting for organized optometry to address this issue, but so far I have not observed any discussion.

I stay up-to-date on the newest and most effective treatments via medications and technology. On every front, we are seeing a push for optometrists to become more medically oriented. My concern is that insurers and pharmacies are preventing me from prescribing these new, more effective medications.

In recent months, in every category of ophthalmic drugs I E-Prescribe, I receive a significant number of denied branded drugs with a recommendation for generics or OTC drugs. I have observed on occasion, pharmacies substituting generics for branded drugs without my consent. I have observed patients who have the same insurance for the previous two years and have been taking specific branded drugs effectively get denials and a request for prior authorization. Most of these drug denials are

Our letter to Steven Lee and Aaron Dallek, founders of Opternative

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To:   Steven Lee, O.D. and Aaron Dallek
From:   The Optometric Society
Date:   August 29,  2014
cc:    Dr. Grant La Farge, Lynn Hart,

The New Mexico Medical Board has affirmed that Opternative is indeed the practice of medicine, and  therefore should be governed by the New Mexico Medical Practice Act.   We recognize that your online refractive technology has excellent potential as a visual screening and refractive device in a medical setting or as an online visual screening program.   However, we do not support the use of online questionnaires to give a glasses or contact lens prescription, without an immediate, accompanying physical examination of ocular health.