Ophthalmology Against The Rule (OATR) is a podcast hosted by ophthalmologists Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew. Discussing the simple things often overlooked and the complex things often ignored about ophthalmology. Serious talks about interesting ophthalmic issues in an easy listening podcast.
Antiseptics and the Eye
Antiseptic preparation of the eye is an absolutely vital step of cataract surgery in order to prevent infection. This treatment must be balanced with minimising harm to the ocular surface. In true OATR style, we take a detailed look at the pros and cons of traditional iodine and more modern chlorhexidine antiseptic solutions. Getting these seemingly minor steps optimised helps to optimise outcomes for patients.
Omega-3 Supplements for Treating Dry Eye
Treating dry eye disease is difficult. Trying to treat dry eye disease based on evidence can seem even harder. Omega-3 fatty acid supplements have been on a rollercoaster of popularity in treating dry eye. Evidence appeared to swing from indicating huge benefit to being similar to placebo. Your hosts, Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew analyse the key studies to unravel all an optometrist or ophthalmologist needs to know about Omega-3 supplements to treat dry eye patients optimally.
Narrow Angle Interventions
Oh, you thought we were finished talking about narrow angles? We were just getting warmed up! In this OATR episode, your hosts Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew provide practical tips on interventions for treating narrow angles. Everything from tips on laser iridotomy to IOL calculation in short eyes. Part of our motto is "the simple things often overlooked" and this is definitely one of those topics that is rarely discussed but can make a huge difference to patient happiness and outcomes.
Ophthalmology Against The Rule Season 2 is launched with everything you ever wanted to know about narrow angles. We had a lot to catch up on so if you're short on time, the main topic starts at 28 minutes! We received so many questions about narrow angles and glaucoma, cataract surgery, iridotomies and more that it was time your hosts Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew covered this popular topic, as always with an evidence based approach for optometrists, ophthalmologists and all eye care professionals.
OATR is back for 2021! There are a lot of rumours and arguments around the topic of residual astigmatism after cataract surgery. Some say it gives a depth of focus; that it may be functionally beneficial; or that you should not flip the axis. Well your trusty OATR hosts, Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew are here to consider the evidence and see whether we need to rid the world of residual astigmatism. Listen in to hear the verdict and learn some tips to improve astigmatic outcomes.
Myopia Progression - The evidence for treatment
Myopia progression is a major concern in the worlds of optometry, ophthalmology and the world in general with a predicted 5 billion people being myopic by 2050. The concern is not just needing glasses, but retinal detachment, myopic macula degeneration and blindness. The evidence for how to slow down myopia progression, especially around atropine dosing has been murky. So your hosts Dr Ben LaHood and Dr Nick Andrew clear up the evidence and discuss why treatment is so important.
Informative & entertaining
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I am absolutely loving this podcast. Two very competent eye doctors take you through all the ins and outs of eye health.
It is like going to a specialist consultation without having to fork out!
The doctors are at the top of their game and we the listening public are very lucky and thankful for their insight/advice.
This podcast is a keeper for those of us who care about managing our health. Eye health should be a prime concern for everyone in these scary times, where we are supposed to take great measures in protecting/not touching our eyes.
Thank you, you kind-hearted medicine men! I’ll be listening all the way!
Exciting and different
The fresh and enthusiastic approach of these two ophthalmologists is refreshing and very interesting informative. I don’t think there is anything like this out there.
There is no waffle, no Uma and ash: just interesting information delivered by two clear voices. An enlightening conversation in each episode. A must listen.