San Diego County Optometric Society
The San Diego View
Inside this Issue:
- President’s Message
- Retina Corner
- Tech Corner
- Eye See
- CE Corner
- Volunteer Corner
- SDCOS Announcements
- New Members
- Upcoming Events
I hope everyone had an exciting holiday season with their loved ones and I wish you success in the coming year. Since becoming an active member, I have gained so much professionally and personally through the San Diego County Optometric Society and am honored to have the opportunity to give back and serve as your new president in 2017. We have an excellent group of doctors on our Board and I am looking forward to what this coming year will bring!
Thank you to Dr. Allison Pierce Becker for your leadership as president in 2016. With all the thoughtful changes and leadership responsibilities you’ve undertaken since joining the board, it’s no wonder you are our 2016 “Young Optometrist of the Year.” Likewise, congratulations to Dr. David Geffen, our 2016 “Optometrist of the Year”. He has dedicated countless hours not just engaging our local members, but optometrists throughout the U.S. with informative lectures, articles, research, and presentations on topics related to practice management, Contact Lens updates, and knowledge in the ever-changing role of the peri-optometric surgical care. We also honor all of the executive board members on years of dedicated service to our local society as well as the Optometric profession as a whole. We are lucky to have such amazing doctors and innovators in our community!
I am committed to maintaining our legacy as one of the best optometric societies in the country. In addition to being one of the largest in California, we are also one of the most active. In fact, through my years of working with the SDCOS, I’ve realized that our local society does as much as some statewide societies! For example, we provide numerous continuing education opportunities to our members, including six 2-hour and three 5-hour CE meetings. We also have many volunteer outreach programs which allow our members to be active and give back to the community, including our Lions Optometric Vision Clinic and Monarch School Screenings. Moreover, you can join us for our annual Legislative Day in Sacramento when we come together to encourage our state senators and congressman to support our profession. Your presence always makes a difference. I would encourage all of you to take advantage of these programs, which not only make for an incredibly rewarding experience, but also show our dedication as a profession to the San Diego area.
As your SDCOS president, I promise to work hard to provide you with another great year of education, resources to enrich yourself and your practice, and opportunities to network with other doctors and vendors. I will make myself available for any questions, comments, and ideas so our society can continue to grow and thrive. I am confident that together we will have an amazing year!
To be resumed in February!
Got Tech questions? We’ve got Answers!
YAHOO EMAIL SERVICES GET HACKED AGAIN, OVER 1 BILLION ACCOUNTS COMPROMISED
By Dave Tuckman from Golden State Web Solutions, Inc. (www.GSWS.com)
Happy New Year to everyone!
We traditionally start New Year’s articles with technology themed predictions we have for the coming year, then circle back in December to see how silly and off-base these ideas were. That was the plan, at least until 12/14/2016 when Yahoo announced on their email services were hacked again. This marks the 3rd time Yahoo email has been hacked since 2014 and the 2nd time in the last 4 months. The two most recent hacks compromised over 1 Billion accounts. That is a pretty impressive failure.
At this point, Yahoo has come up short in security severely. Severely enough that if you have an active account (either direct with Yahoo of via a partner like AT&T) we recommend getting rid of it. There are better, more secure options available.
Hints And Tips For Yahoo Account Owners
- Immediately change your account’s password and security questions. Use a password here you don’t use anywhere else (they may get hacked again).
- Setup service with a different provider.
- Update your Yahoo account to forward to the new email account. This will prevent you from losing emails from people that use the Yahoo address.
- Setup an auto-reply in the Yahoo account telling people you have a new address and to please start using that one.
- Delete all emails and folders in the current Yahoo account, so no information exists in the account.
- Check if you have used your Yahoo password in other sites, and change the password and security questions for those accounts.
- If you used a mobile phone number in association with your Yahoo account, and you still use that mobile phone number, then be aware of possible SMS phishing (i.e. Phishing attacks via text).
If you have any questions or would like additional information, please reach to Dave directly at (619-905-4468) or email dave@GSWS.com.
written by Dr. Byron Y. Newman
HEALTH BENEFITS OF DONATING BLOOD
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day, according to the American Red Cross.
While giving blood should be all about helping those in need, there are a few things in it for you, real health perks to becoming a blood donor:
Your blood may flow better
“If blood has a high viscosity, or resistance to flow, it will flow like molasses,” says Phillip DeChristopher, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Loyola University Health System blood bank. Repeated blood donations may help the blood flow in a way that’s less damaging to the lining of the blood vessels and could result in fewer arterial blockages. That may explain why the American Journal of Epidemiology found that blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack.
You’ll get a mini check-up
Before you give blood, you’ll first have to complete a quick physical that measures your temperature, pulse, blood pressure, and hemoglobin levels. After your blood is collected, it’s sent off to a lab where it will undergo 13 different tests for infectious diseases, like HIV and West Nile virus. If anything comes back positive, you’ll be notified immediately.
“If year after year your tests come back negative, then you’ll know for sure there’s nothing you’ve been exposed to,” Dr. DeChristopher says. The physical and blood tests are no reason to skip your annual doctor visit, but they’re good for peace of mind.
Your iron levels will stay balanced
Healthy adults usually have about 5 grams of iron in their bodies, mostly in red blood cells but also in bone marrow. When you donate a unit of blood, you lose about a quarter of a gram of iron, which gets replenished from the food you eat in the weeks after donation, Dr. DeChristopher says. This regulation of iron levels is a good thing, because having too much iron could be bad news for your blood vessels.
Still, data from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nearly 10% of women in the U.S. suffer from anemia, a condition where your body lacks red blood cells or hemoglobin (most commonly due to an iron deficiency). In that case, it’s best not to give blood until the anemia is resolved, he says.
You could live longer
Doing good for others is one way to live a longer life. A study inHealth Psychology found that people who volunteered for altruistic reasons had a significantly reduced risk of mortality four years laterthan those who volunteered for themselves alone. While the health benefits of donating blood are nice, don’t forget who you’re really helping: A single donation can save the lives of up to three people, according to the Red Cross. “The need for blood is always there,” Dr. DeChristopher says. “It’s important to recognize how important willing donors are.”
So, it all boils down to the fact that “The life you save may be your own.”
We are committed to helping you fulfill your CE requirements through our local meeting with the support of our sponsors!
Featured Annual Sponsors
January 19, 2017 2-hour CE
Speaker: Dr. Steve Ferrucci
Continuing Education Seminars are at the Handlery Hotel 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, 92108.
Two-hour seminar, Thursday, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Buffet meal included and served ½ hour prior to lecture.
- SDCOS Members free, COA/AOA Members $35.00, Non-Members $130.00.
Five-hour seminar, Sunday, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm. Buffet meal included and served ½ hour prior to lecture.
- SDCOS Members $90.00. COA/AOA Members, $90.00 Non-Members $325.00.
Part Time and Fill-In San Diego and Oceanside We desire a motivated, professional, energetic and caring Optometrist to work in our office. We provide care to all ages emphasizing, vision, wellness, medical, contact lenses and glasses. Our team is available to pre-test and to assist you. Please submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-757-8771 (01/17)
Fill in OD needed in the week of Feb 20th. We are happy to take any days that you are available, other than Thursdays. Please contact email@example.com (02/17)
Seeking permanent Associate Optometrist 4-5 days a week in our private practice in Poway. Enjoy a comfortable pace with our all-digital equipment. Staff performs pre-testing, including retinal photos. Please email resumes/questions to MichelleKingOD@gmail.com (02/17)
Permanent Part-time O.D. wanted (Camp Pendleton) Optometrist wanted two to three days per week to include Saturdays. We are a private practice located on base at Camp Pendleton. Please FAX C.V. with remuneration requirements to (619) 722-6389. For phone inquiries please call (760)763-1757. (01/17)
For Sale by Owner: Established optometry office in Mission Valley, Spacious and open floor plan, 1,320 square ft, fully equipped one exam lane and on-site edging lab with stock lenses. All furniture and display cases are custom made. Over 1,000 frames inventory. Asking for $190,000 obo Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 760-670-6775 for more info Thank you!! (01/17)
Equipment For Sale Ophthalmix Unlimited is your best resource for pre-owned ophthalmic equipment. We have everything available from exam lane equipment to advanced diagnostic instruments from top quality names in the industry such as Haag-Streit, Reliance, Zeiss, Optovue, Topcon, Reichert, Tomey, Nidek / Marco, ETC… Our instruments are competitively priced and we can save you a fortune by buying pre-owned. Every instrument we sell comes warrantied and guaranteed to satisfy. Check out our website or give our sales team a call or email – info listed below. Ophthalmix Unlimited: San Diego CA / Temecula CA / Buckeye AZ (951) 591-2420 email@example.com www.ophthalmixunlimited.com (01/17)
Dr. John Fitzpatrick, the Society Optometrist Relations Liaison, offers a unique service to the San Diego County Optometric community. Several lists are kept on file for doctors seeking the following, or any combination thereof: • positions • fill-in work • part-time work • full-time work • to purchase a practice • to fill positions • to partner in a practice • to sell a practice There is no charge for this service. Please contact Dr. John Fitzpatrick at E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name on the list.
Monarch School Screening
Lion’s Optometric Vision Clinic
Volunteer OD’s needed for flexible shifts throughout the year according to each doctor’s availability. OD’s unable to volunteer at the clinic can see patients at their office.
Call 619-298-5273, between 9-1:00 pm.,
Monday -Friday ~ 1805 Upas St, San Diego, CA 92103
Doctors interested in donating glasses to the Lions Optometric Vision Clinic (LOVC) please bring them to a CE meeting or contact Nancy-Jo at 619-663-8439 to make arrangements for delivery.
SDCOS keeps a list of all doctors willing to speak in front of groups about various topics, do home visits for patients, and assist in student mentoring. ODs interested in the Speakers Bureau, Home Visits, Student mentoring, and Low Vision OD’s, please contact Nancy-Jo at 619-663-8439
2017 SDCOS Board of Directors
- President: Ketan Bakriwala, OD, FAAO
- President-Elect: Michael Morgan, OD
- Treasurer: Robert Grazian, OD
- Secretary: Michelle Biaggi, OD
- Past President: Allison Pierce, OD, FAAO
- Membership: Eric M. White, OD
- Vendor Liaison: David N. Sherman, OD
- Co-Professional Affairs: Dawn Pewitt, OD, FAAO
- Co-Professional Affairs Amanda K Dexter, OD, FAAO
- Governmental Affairs: Richard Skay, OD
- Co-Communications Liaison: Lucia Millet, OD
- Co-Communications Liaison: Nickolet Boermans, OD
- Webmaster: Susan T. Cervantes, OD
- Public Awareness: Robert Meisel, OD, FAAO
- OD Relations: John Fitzpatrick, OD
- Peer Review: Paul Lavin, OD, FAAO
- COA HCDS Liaison: Andrew Fasciani, OD
- LOVC Liaison: Erin Swift, OD, FAAO
- Trustee: Patty Cheng, OD
- Trustee: Michael Kling, OD
- Trustee: Tina Licina, OD
- Tammy Nguyen, OD
- Honorary Trustee: Byron Y. Newman, OD
- Administrative Assistant: Nancy-Jo Sinkiewicz
HELP US HELP YOUR COMMUNITIES
Join THE LIONS OPTOMETRIC VISION CLINIC for a lively evening of entertainment, social interaction and opportunity drawings
WHERE…PROUD MARY’S BAR AND GRILL , 5550 Kearny Mesa Rd., S. D., 92111
WHEN…Saturday, February 4th
TIME…6 P.M. to 10 P.M.
ENTERTAINMENT…Jazz musicians, Whitney Shay and Robin Henkel
OPPORTUNITY DRAWING…Tickets…2 for $5, 5 for $10 and 15 for $20. BONUS…Drawing for a free pair of glasses every hour
Special Thank You to Radio Station, KSDS JAZZ, 88.3, for their support and promotion of this event.
ALSO…Need somewhere to “deposit” your old glasses? Bring them along…we’ll gladly take them off your hands.
Welcome, new members!!
- Wendy Gross OD
- January 19th: 2 Hour CE: “Retinal Presentations of Systemic Disease”
- February 10th-11th: COA’s Annual House of Delegates Meeting, San Fransisco
- February 26th: 5 Hour CE: “4th Annual Refractive Surgery Updates”
Phone: 619 663 8439
Fax: 800 643 8301