On October 1st, Dr. Andrew Rabkin joined our team of doctors. A Boston native with a passion for clinical care, he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. Degree in Psychology from Boston University. After working in research at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, he went on to obtain his doctorate from the New England College of Optometry. While there he was honored with the Robert A. Titelbaum Award for Clinical Proficiency and Excellence. Prior to joining Korb & Associates, he practiced at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, where he developed his skills in ocular disease management and pre- and post-operative care. He and his family have been with the practice for many years, and we give him a warm welcome.
GRADUATION: We were proud to have two members of the Korb and Associates family graduate from New England College of Optometry in 2019. Congratulations to Dr. Kevan Smith and Dr. Graham Stetson, who are completing residencies this year.
WELCOME: With their departure, we now have Meredith, Tracey, Maria, Airi, Mathis and Brianna who are all entering first year students at the New England College of Optometry. Jeremy Wilson joined our technician team this fall and will be helping with both clinical and research activities while he prepares to apply to medical school. Susan Davis, who works as a technician at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary during the week is now with us on Saturdays. Jenn Hyde has joined Eleni in the optical department part-time. In addition to decades of opticianry experience, she is the Executive Director of OneDollarGlasses https://www.onedollarglasses.org a volunteer organization whose objective is to enable people living in poverty access to inexpensive and visually appealing glasses while simultaneously creating employment. Bob Goldman continues to work part time in the optical department between his teaching of aspiring opticians and playing drums in his band.
UPDATES: Taja Mitchell has been promoted from a part time to a full-time front desk employee. In addition, Suzanne Ginsberg in our billing department is now on site every day to assist with any questions you may have.
WEDDING BELLS: Congratulations to Eleni Karametros, our optical manager, who got engaged, and Taja Mitchell and Justine Choi on their marriages this year. We wish them the best of luck!
New in 2020
In our continuing mission to be a center of excellence for dry eye, we are now the only practice in the city of Boston to offer Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy for the management of dry eye. This non-invasive treatment has a decades long history for the treatment of dermatologic conditions such as rosacea and has been shown in many peer reviewed studies to help to reduce the inflammation associated with eyelid disease (the most common reason for dry eye). It greatly augments our already available management options, such as Lipiflow, for our patients. Call to schedule an appointment to see if IPL is right for you.
In 2019, we became a VSP Premier Practice, which comes with extra perks for our patients who need glasses and contact lenses. We discontinued participation with Davis Vision, which is being taken over by EyeMed, with which we still do participate. We now also take Allways Healthcare (a Partners Health Plan). For the increasing number of patients who lack vision coverage or only have benefits every two years, this year we launched our TransparenSee Program to provide a la carte discounted services.
USE ‘EM OR LOSE ‘EM: As 2019 ends we want to remind you to use your insurance or HAS/FSA benefits, including those for exams, spectacles, and contact lenses. In conjunction with our labs, through December 31 we are offering a buy one pair of progressive lenses, get a second pair of lenses at no charge. This is a terrific opportunity for substantial savings and a way to use your FSA dollars before the end of the year. No appointment is necessary to visit the optical department.
We have recently added several new lines for men and women to our frame inventory including Ferragamo, Paul Smith, Moscot and Chloe. Come check them out next time you are in the office, we think you will be thrilled with the new selections.
Our team of doctors continues to be actively involved in research, lecturing and teaching. We had a busy 2019 and look forward to an exciting 2020 in the areas of dry eye and contact lenses!
Nau, A. Securing Premium Outcomes Through Effective Surgical Co-management . New York, NY.
Nau A, Korb DR, McLeod A. A Systematic Approach to Diagnose, Treat and Manage Dry Eye. American Academy of Optometry. Orlando, FL.
McLeod A, Nau A. Implementing Evaluation and Treatment of Dry Eye in Your Practice. American Academy of Optometry. Orlando, FL.
Nau A, McLeod A. MGD and Dry Eye Diagnostic Testing and Work-up: A Recipe for Success. Boston MA. July 2019.
2019 Research Papers and Poster Presentations
Schornack M, Nau C. Harthan J, Swingle-Fogt J, Nau A, Shorter E. Clinical Associations with subjective complaints of mid day fogging with scleral lenses. American Academy of Optometry Orlando FL. October, 2019
Swingle-Fogt J, Nau A, Schornack M, Nau C, Harthan J, Shorter E. Survey of health care utilization and disease information sourcing in a self-reported dry eye population. American Academy of Optometry Orlando FL. October, 2019
Donald R. Korb, OD, Amy C. Nau, OD, Andrew McLeod, OD, Caroline Blackie, OD, PhD Importance of Complete Lid Seal in Treatment of Refractory Dry Eye American Academy of Optometry, Orlando FL. October, 2019
Nau A. Medical Application of Contact Lens Technology. Advances in Ophthalmology and Optometry. Volume 4, August 2019, Pages 1-12.
Nau C, Shorter E, Nau A, Fogt J, Schornack, Fogt J. Scleral lens reservoir densitometry changes in small and large diameter lenses after one hour of wear. ARVO, Vancouver Canada. May, 2019
Schornack M, Nau C, Harthan J, Fogt J, Nau A, Shorter E. Patient Reported Mid Day Fogging in Scleral Lens Wear. ARVO, Vancouver Canada. May, 2019
Nau C ,Shorter E, Nau A, Swingle-Fogt J, Schornack M, Harthan J. Scleral Lens Revervoir Densitometry Changes in Small and Large Diameter Lenses after One Hour of Wear. ARVO, Vancouver Canada, May, 2019
Harthan J, Nau C, Fogt J, Shorter E, Nau A, Schornack M, Zhuang XE. Scleral Lens Fitting and Assessment Strategies. Contact Lens and Anterior Eye. 2019, Feb; 42(1):9-14.
McLeod A, Nau A, Harthan J. Prevalence of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction in Patients with Keratoconus. Global Specialty Lens Symposium, Las Vegas NV, January 2019.