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PART 2 OF A 3-PART SERIES STAFF ABO OPTOMETRIC STAFF CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR ABO CREDIT Increasing Your Clinical Value: Opportunities for Optometric Staff to Get Involved with Dry Eye Patients By Paul Karpecki, OD, FAAO, and Lindsay Koffl er Cassidy, Certifi ed Ophthalmic Assistant D ry eye affects an estimated 14.4% of the U.S. popula-tion over age 40 as well as 50% of all contact lens wearers. 1,2 Considering these statistics alone, it is probably no surprise that dry eye is the most com-mon condition treated in eye care practices today. Because patient history is an important piece of the puzzle in dry eye patients, the role of the optometric staff is critical in a successful dry eye practice. Opportunities to Grow Your Practice Doctors and staff who make a concerted effort to develop an ocular surface disease clinic will likely be highly rewarded in terms of patient response and practice growth. We have been fortunate to build one of the largest dedicated ocular surface disease clinics in North America at the Koffl er Vision Group in Lexington, Ky., and have patients travel from numerous countries and states to be assessed and treated at our facility. Our dedication to dry eye has grown our practice, and it’s been a wonderful experience to see the results as patients who have suffered for years or decades fi nally experience relief from dry eye disease. At the same time, ocular surface disease patients can be time-consuming if you don’t have a streamlined system in Sponsored by Supported by an Independent Educational Grant from Allergan, Inc.

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