The biggest challenge facing us as we position for the new era of corneal reshaping is seeing our colleagues take up the specialty. The biggest obstacle to that is the "learning curve". Corneal reshaping is not intuitive. It requires a commitment from a doctor to take some humble pills as he loosens his tie and gets into this thing. It's not easy to look like a fool in front of your patients, yet when a reshaping treatment is ineffective that's just what it feels like. I know I still go through it after these many years.
This overnight thing can be bad for the ulcers also. Just had a patient who failed to remove her six year olds corneal reshaping lenses for two days running when she called our office for help. What my staff didn't get was that the patient wasn't even home so she could remove the lenses he was in school. No panic allowed was going through my head as we had her call the school and bring him in that morning. Turns out he was doing just fine - though a little over corrected. I got the sweaty palms and I have been doing this for over twenty-five years. You can just imagine how a "rookie" would feel. It might have even been enough to bounce him out of the box and cause him to retire from Ortho-K fitting, particularly if complications had set in.
What we face is a huge gap between what our doctors do know and what they need to learn and experience about corneal reshaping. That gap can only be bridged through thorough education like the kind were dispensing in Orlando in April. We have a whole day of beginner classes for the inexperienced on April 28. You can check the agenda out at www.orthokmeeting.com.
Next time you're thinking about it, call your colleagues who are not active in corneal reshaping and tell them about it. They can get this great education opportunity and pick up a great skill and further our mission. You can also mention how we have made it very affordable for themselves and their staff. In fact, better yet - why don't you call them now? Thanks.