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Michael Brown, OD, MHS-CL, FAAO
Dr. Brown has practiced medical optometry in a comanagement center and with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Huntsville, AL, for over 25 years. An adjunct associate professor with UAB, his publications and presentations have focused on the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. He has a special interest in complex corneal and anterior segment cases. In 2017, he completed a Master of Health Sciences in Clinical Leadership degree from Duke University School of Medicine.
The challenges of treating a loved one
But my wife was referring to the vitreous in her right eye which started detaching a few days prior, threatening to unravel both her retina and our long-laid trip plans.
ICD-10: Not quite the end of days
I couldn’t help but think about that turn-of-the-21st century vignette during the recent run-up to the October 1st implementation of ICD-10. I hereby boldly predict that by the time this column is published, the large majority of us will still be alive and in business.
Why you can’t separate refraction from pathology
I’ve been thinking a lot about technology lately and how it’s going to—um, scratch that—how it already is impacting eye care.
The laws of the optometric jungle for the class of 2015
The laws of the optometric jungle for the class of 2015
Congratulations to you, your loved ones, professors, and especially your bankers and lenders. Welcome to the jungle. There are some laws in here you need to know about.
Earning a spot on the medical team
Last month, I wrote about diagnosing my father-in-law’s branch retinal artery occlusion (BRAO) and then teaming up with a vascular surgeon for his subsequent carotid endarterectomy. After the successful “slam dunk” surgery, the nurse who discharged him advised him to “go to the ER” should he have any changes in vision, and in the process, dropped the ball.
Eyecare March Madness: When teamwork goes wrong
It’s March Madness time, and the next few weeks will take college basketball fans on a roller coaster ride of synchronous alley oops and ill-timed, dribble-off-the-foot turnovers. I’m always looking for an apt sports metaphor to help pass the time and get me through the day. A guy can dream, can’t he?
Did I choose optometry, or did optometry choose me?
Sometimes people ask me, “How did you choose optometry?” Considering all of the close encounters I had with eyecare professionals in my youth, you’d think my career choice would have been as definitive as a Blake Griffith slam dunk. But that’s not the way it happened.
The first doctor is often the smartest
My residency preceptor, Dr. John Potter, was a bucking fire hose of clinical aphorisms. Among the pithy pearls he doused me with was this oldie but goodie: “The last doctor’s always the smartest.”
Experiencing retinal detachment as an OD
Experiencing retinal detachment as an OD
When the retina in my left eye detached in early October 2013, I was on a tour bus, somewhere between Canter’s Deli and Griffith Observatory, in Los Angeles. There was a series of flashes, like warning flares, and then a black tide, an oil slick of a blind spot that started down and to the left and crept toward the center of my vision, arcs of lightning heralding its advance. I knew what was happening, but I didn’t want to believe it.
Ocular manifestations of systemic hypertension
Systemic hypertension has reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and aggressive and creative treatment approaches are needed. Optometrists are already well positioned to provide valuable primary care services for hypertensive patients, regardless of whether or not they are ever involved in directly treating the disease.
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