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Jan 18, 2023

What Is Blepharitis, and What Can You Do About It?

John A. Moran Eye Center optometrist Deepika Bagga, OD, explains the latest approaches to managing blepharitis, including prescription medications, at-home remedies—and even the Mediterranean diet.

Dec 09, 2022

Top Tips for Choosing Safe Toys This Holiday Season

The thrills of lightsabers, wands, bows, and swords are just too much to resist—especially when it comes to Christmas wish lists. Add flying projectiles from BB guns and the joys of slime ball launchers and the risk of facial and eye injuries is real.

Dec 08, 2022

How Old Is Your Mascara? Get a Fresh Start for the Holidays

Whether you abandoned eye makeup during the height of the COVID pandemic or its been a while since you’ve replaced the old supply, this holiday season offers a perfect opportunity to start fresh for your eye health.

Oct 31, 2022

Why Is My Eye Twitching, and What Can I Do About It?

We’ve all been there. Out of nowhere, your eye starts twitching. Sometimes it’s the upper lid, sometimes the lower. Sometimes it goes away as quickly as it arrived. Other times, it lingers for days or even longer. So what’s going on? John A. Moran Eye Center neuro-ophthalmologist Srav Vegunta, MD, offers some answers to common questions about this universal experience.

Oct 10, 2022

Tips for Taking Care of Your Vision at Every Age

As an optometrist at the John A. Moran Eye Center, Edward Nicholls, OD, gets a lot of questions about vision. From new parents to senior patients, he shares some of the most common questions and his answers—plus sound advice for lifelong eye care.

Aug 29, 2022

Scleral Contact Lenses Might be the Best Solution You’ve Never Heard of for Dry Eye and More

If you have steered clear of contact lenses in the past or struggled with dry eye disease, scleral lenses may be the answer. John A. Moran Eye Center contact lens specialist David Meyer, OD, FAAO, explains why they can be a great option.

The Scope

What Is Bell's Palsy?

Feb 1, 2023

Bell's palsy can be a sudden and surprising condition, rapidly causing facial weakness and muscle twitching. But understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options is key to diagnosing and managing this condition. Sarah Akkina, MD, director of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah, shares what you need to know about Bell's palsy. Discover the potential causes of the condition and learn about the importance of prompt treatment to maximize the chances of full recovery.

Listen to one patient's experience with Bell's Palsy.

Learn more about surgical options for Bell's Palsy symptoms lasting longer than 6 months.

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S6E5: Advocacy in Medical Education

Jan 31, 2023

Advocacy work can sometimes be conflated with identity. When you have placed so much time and energy into something, it can be easy for it to consume all of who you are. But you are more than your advocacy work, and your continued drive to create change does not have to be all that you are. In S6E5, Hạ talks to Karishma Shah, MD/PhD candidate at University of Utah School of Medicine, and Victoria Ngo, MS4 at Virginia Commonwealth University, about how their advocacy work within the confines of medical education has both been defined by and impacted their identities.

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Surgical Options for Long-Term Symptoms of Bell's Palsy

Jan 25, 2023

Bell's palsy is a rare disorder that impacts the functioning of the nerve that controls the movement of the face. For a majority of patients, facial paralysis and other side effects will improve within a few weeks to a couple of months. But for a small number of patients, it can last even longer, requiring a surgical procedure to help their quality of life. Facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Sarah Akkina, MD, discusses "facial reanimation" and the many surgical options available to treat the debilitating effects of long-term Bell's palsy and give patients back their ability to smile.

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S6E4: Navigating Shame in Medicine

Jan 24, 2023

Shame is an emotional experience when our social bonds are threatened—it is a feeling of distress, even humiliation, and is often caused by the consciousness of wrong. Shame exists in all communities, even medicine, and usually, involves someone else's point of view. In S6E4, Leen, Harjit, and Lina share experiences of shame in their personal and professional lives, and discuss how to process shame in the field of medicine.

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