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Welcome to the Defocus Media Podcast, Optometry's #1 Podcast Network! We assist in providing eyecare professionals with the latest in optometric industry news, eyewear trends and discussions of the hottest topics in the eyecare profession. Join Drs. Darryl Glover, Jennifer Lyerly and the Defocus Media network!

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Welcome to the Defocus Media Podcast, Optometry's #1 Podcast Network! We assist in providing eyecare professionals with the latest in optometric industry news, eyewear trends and discussions of the hottest topics in the eyecare profession. Join Drs. Darryl Glover, Jennifer Lyerly and the Defocus Media network!

    Four Eye Optometry Podcast: Using Platelet-Rich Plasma Eye Drops to Treat Dry Eyes with Dr. Mahnia Madan

    Four Eye Optometry Podcast: Using Platelet-Rich Plasma Eye Drops to Treat Dry Eyes with Dr. Mahnia Madan

    Dr. Mahnia Madan is an optometrist who graduated from the Pacific University College of Optometry and completed her ocular disease and surgical co-management residency at the Eye Center of Texas. She is also a Fellow of the AAO and serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Optometric Association.







    In this episode, Dr. Madan shares her passion for treating dry eye disease. She is one of the few optometrists across North America treating her patients with platelet-rich plasma (PRP) eye drops. We discuss the science behind PRP’s benefits on the ocular surface, how to appropriately prescribe the drops, and how it can be incorporated into your dry eye management plan!







    Learn more through Dr. Madan’s Instagram @dr.mahnia.madan or visit her website: https://www.vancouvereyedr.ca/

    Optometry Podcast: Building a Pediatric Specialty Practice

    Optometry Podcast: Building a Pediatric Specialty Practice

    This episode was made possible with the support and partnership of CooperVision. 















    For many practitioners, a passion for serving pediatric patients grows after we get out into real-world practice and see just how much children need our care. Building out a pediatric focus even within a primary care practice can be a valuable service to the community, and incredibly rewarding as you see the immediate impact that clear vision can have on social, emotional, and school performance. Our guests on this episode are two leading experts in the field of pediatric optometry. Dr. Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, FAAO, FCOVD, is the private practice owner of Bright Eyes Tampa and Bright Eyes Kids. Dr. Yos Priestly, FAAO is an optometrist who works in an OD/MD hospital setting in Durham, North Carolina. 







    Despite their different paths to pediatric specialty, both Dr. Bonilla-Warford and Dr. Priestly are big supporters of the experience of pursuing an optometric residency for interested students. “But there are many different paths you can take,” Dr. Priestly explains for doctors who are entering pediatric care later into their careers. “One year of residency is equivalent to about five years of experience,” Dr. Bonilla-Warford states. “Absolutely you can get that experience in your own clinic outside of a residency, but [with a residency] you will get there faster.” One of the other advantages of the residency experience they both shared was building a network of colleagues to learn from and lean on for guidance in tough cases, and the knowledge of how to interact with pediatric specialties outside of optometry. Creating a network of doctors for referral – from strabismus surgeons to retinal surgeons to pediatricians – is essential for caring for this population. 







    A referral network is just one step for building a pediatric practice. “We were really proactive early on with building a social media presence,” Dr. Bonilla-Warford says. He utilized Facebook moms groups to help spread the word, and now has embraced TikTok to help communicate with young patients about ocular health on the platforms they are most using. By creating a separate brand identity and location for his pediatric clinic, Dr. Bonilla-Warford has been able to really cater his practice to children.  Children have to feel welcome and comfortable in a space, and branding specifically to them is important to show parents that this space was especially made for the care of their child. The waiting room furniture is child-sized; there are Legos on the wall. If you build a practice with kids truly in mind, the space will speak to parents for you. 







    A vital part to growing their pediatric practices has been embracing myopia management. Dr. Priestly shares that even in an OD/MD hospital setting, myopia management has really grown quickly over the last two years. The biggest thing to move the needle has been the FDA approval of myopia management treatment options and the publication of major peer reviewed studies and scientific evidence to validate the science of myopia management. “I feel fortunate that I work with pediatric ophthalmologists who recognize myopia management as an area of need, and an area that is becoming a standard of care for children,” Dr. Priestly shares. Her practice has embraced the medical aspects of myopia management and prevention with a program that includes routine follow-up care and axial length measurements throughout the year. 







    Dr. Bonilla-Warford brought myopia management to Bright Eyes Kids about 12 years ago, but at the time it was a very small part of his practice due to the limited treatment options available. “Slowly the pieces came together,

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    Four Eyes Optometry Podcast: When to Refer to an Oculoplastic Surgeon with Dr. Tanya Khan

    Four Eyes Optometry Podcast: When to Refer to an Oculoplastic Surgeon with Dr. Tanya Khan

    Dr. Tanya Khan is an ophthalmologist who completed her fellowship training in Oculoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Duke University. She is also the owner of Khan Eyelid and Facial Aesthetics in Texas. Dr. Khan comes onto the podcast to discuss her role as an oculoplastic surgeon, what common ocular conditions she manages, and how optometrists can refer their patients to oculoplastics for surgical procedures and non-invasive facial cosmetic augmentation!







    Learn more about Dr. Tanya Khan on Instagram @eyekhanmd or her website: https://www.khaneyelidsurgery.com/.

    Four Eyes Optometry Podcast: Nutrition and Ocular Health with Dr. Rani Banik

    Four Eyes Optometry Podcast: Nutrition and Ocular Health with Dr. Rani Banik

    Dr. Rani Banik is a neuro-ophthalmologist in New York and is also certified in Functional Medicine. Dr. Banik takes a unique, holistic approach to manage ocular conditions and autoimmune conditions. She joins the Four Eyes Podcast to discuss a more efficient way to recommend nutritional changes to improve ocular health, and prevent the progression of conditions such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.







    You can learn more about nutrition and ocular health through Dr. Banik’s Instagram series named Best Foods for Eye Health from A-Z @dr.ranibanik, or visit her website where you can download her e-books on nutrition and wellness (e-book downloads can also be found on her Instagram bio link).







    Resources:







    1. Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM): https://www.ifm.org/







    2. Integrative Practitioner: https://www.integrativepractitioner.com/







    3. Dr. Banik on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8mIi8P9tXSRXXwEdNX6aRw







    4. Dr. Banik’s Website: https://rudranibanikmd.com/

    Optometry Podcast: Dr. Deborah Weston Pro Tips for Practice in 2021

    Optometry Podcast: Dr. Deborah Weston Pro Tips for Practice in 2021

    From supply chain issues, staffing shortages, and patient expectations for immediate, digital access to products and services, Dr. Deborah Weston talks about tools for private practice success in our current landscape.

    Four Eyes Optometry Podcast: When the Optometrist Becomes the Patient with Dr. Teixeira

    Four Eyes Optometry Podcast: When the Optometrist Becomes the Patient with Dr. Teixeira

    Dr. Rae Teixeira, a Canadian new grad optometrist, shares her personal concussion experience with us. She describes the traumatic event, the initial and residual symptoms, and what therapeutic treatments she tried in an attempt to feel like herself again. 







    You can also listen to Episode 10 of the Four Eyes podcast, Concussion Management in Primary Care, for more information on how to better care for concussion patients in your optometry practice. 







    Learn more about Dr. Teixeira’s story on her Instagram @dr.raetxr and visit the following links to learn more about concussion:







    1. Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA): https://noravisionrehab.org/







    2. Concussion Alliance: https://www.concussionalliance.org/







    3. Ontario Brain Injury Association: https://obia.ca/

Customer Reviews

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48 Ratings

48 Ratings

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Awesome podcast!

Dr. Lyerly & Dr. Glover, hosts of the Defocus Media Podcast Network, highlight all aspects of medicine, wellness and more in this can’t miss podcast! The hosts and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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Great information

Awesome podcast with great information. Love listening to it on walks or in car rides.

Stay connected to optometry with this podcast!

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Darryl and Jen have great chemistry! You should definitely tune in! You will not be disappointed!

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