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“Eye MDs” have their own official blog

on February 4th, 2005 | Filed under Optoblog

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has one-upped optometry with their blog site (www.eyeorbit.org). It appears to have started around Sept. 2004. It’s a pretty nice looking site, although I think the site would be better served with a bulletin board for what they’re trying to do. I don’t get the point of having anyone being able to blog on a single web site. If anyone can post messages, isn’t that a board?
One interesting read on their “What’s a blog?” page (That’s right, they used “What’s a. . .”)

Q. What Do I Blog About?
A. There are two main types of blogs. Personal and business blogs.
Personal blogs can be about anything. For instance, one can blog about political advocacy and the battles with optometry’s scope expansion in their home state. Members-in-training can write about their training as eye surgeons and medical doctors. . .

Does anyone have a blog ranting about ophthalmologists in their home state who don’t spend enough time in the operating room, so they sell glasses for a living? If so, please leave a link in the comment section.
But I digress.
I think they’d be best served by having a very small number of some really interesting, known, and respected “Eye MDs” to post blogs, and then have all the boring nobodies post to a web board. (I can say that because I’ve never pretended to be an authoritative blogger, just an enthusiast blogger.)
Which leads us to discuss, how come optometry doesn’t have a blog sponsored by the AOptA or AAOpt? How come the major ophthalmic manufacturers don’t have blogs about upcoming products and technologies?
And how come we don’t call ourselves “Eye ODs”? (Or maybe that’s just what you call an eye doctor in Montana crazy enough to Rx cannabinoids for glaucoma.)

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