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Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the Optometric Council for Refractive Technology, and consults for industry. She specializes in anterior segment disorders, and being a mom to her 3 children.
Put patients first with refractive surgery
We now live in the age of refractive cataract surgery. As optometrists, we think daily about refractive endpoints for glasses and contact lenses. But few think about it in terms of ocular surgery.
Optometry on fleek
I was sitting with my extended family demonstrating my multitasking skills (petting my dog, listening to my son tell stories to his grandparents, reading Facebook, and working on my blog), when I came across a delightful post about an OD’s experience with “teenspeak”—this is the language teens use to sound cool. One particular term was foreign to me: on fleek.
Optometric lessons learned from my jet ski
Being from Wisconsin, I was more familiar with a snowmobile, but a jet ski sounded fine to me. We got two. And yes, they were fun to ride. But I learned a great many things—which I can apply to both life and optometry—from that idiot machine.
Innovations in cataract and refractive surgery
Modern ophthalmic cataract surgery now employs sophisticated techniques to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction. This includes surgical systems providing better control, lasers to perform manual techniques, and intraoperative evaluation to evaluate surgical endpoints before the patient leaves the operating room (OR).
Types of cataracts and their underlying conditions
A cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens, resulting in vision loss. There are different types of cataracts, and they may be associated with underlying conditions. Understanding the differences between types of cataracts will improve clinical management of your patients.
Effectively comanaging femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgery
The use of a femtosecond laser during cataract surgery is now an option for your patients, and you need to be comfortable answering patient questions and co-managing this procedure.

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