COA Vision Blog

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Dr. Hoepf joined Columbus Ophthalmology Associates in 2014, where she practiced alongside our glaucoma specialist, Dr. Derick, for the first two years. She provides primary eye care to patients of all ages and continues to treat a wide range of ocular diseases. Dr. Hoepf also has a particular interest in the pediatric population. She has experience working with children of all ages in the treatment of common refractive and binocular disorders. She attended Ohio State University for her undergrad and lived in Boston for seven years, where she completed her optometric training as well as her residency.

In her life, she was no stranger to eye doctors, “I had to see an eye specialist from the time I was two years old, so eye doctors were a part of my life. I always wanted to help other people see better.” In her career, she continues to give back, “I have a passion for giving back to the profession by training students and residents, lecturing for continuing education.¬† I love to be in an environment where I can collaborate with other doctors in the multi-specialty practice. COA provides an opportunity to care for a diverse population and allows me to utilize my experience in ocular disease.”

Her dedication to her career and charity does not fall short in her list of achievements. Dr. Heopf was involved in research during optometry school, where she performed laboratory studies with and utilized imaging equipment at Harvard. She has published papers in academic journals and lectured at local and national meetings. She has also volunteered for a mission trip in Nicaragua and hopes to be involved with more organizations in the future to continue similar work. This past summer Hoepf was inducted into the American Optometric Association and continues to be an active member of the American Academy of Optometry.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, running, camping, hiking, and skiing. She actively involves her family in her charity work, “I have three beautiful children, and we enjoy volunteering for an organization in Columbus. We deliver Meals On Wheels, collect and donate clothes for homeless, make lunches and compassion kits for homeless and underserved populations as well as many other service and community building activities.”

We are thrilled to have Dr. Hoepf as a part of the COA family. In the coming month, she will begin seeing patients as part of the glaucoma team. We know she is going to deliver the outstanding care that patients expect to see from Columbus Ophthalmology.

 



Last month, Dr. Orlando was chosen to participate in a Johnson and Johnson new product trial. As a company, Johnson and Johnson has been receiving feedback from their customers who want their products to be created without the use of animal bi-products. They value their customers’ feedback and are making changes to fit social expectations. Because Dr. Orlando is a skilled and proven ophthalmologist, and has worked with Johnson and Johnson many times in the past, he was chosen to test a new synthetic product that is free of any animal¬†products. The new product is a type of viscoelastic, a fluid used in cataract surgery. Dr. Orlando is one of the leading ophthalmologists and has performed thousand of cataract surgeries in his lifetime, so this new product trial was a great fit and experience for everyone involved.

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In the operating room, there were representatives from Johnson and Johnson as well as Dr. Orlando. The product trial they performed is called a Double Blinded Study (no pun intended!). There were 20 samples which were marked with numerical identifiers on them. No one in the room know which product was which. After the trial was complete, the study coordinator would analyze the results and determine the likeness of the new synthetic product to the current non-synthetic product. This meant that Dr. Orlando had to perform 20 cataract surgeries on synthetic eyes; 10 of the samples used the new viscoelastic product and the other 10 used the older version of the material.

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After each cataract surgery, Dr. Orlando would share his feedback with the Johnson and Johnson staff. He give them information about the ease of use, the qualities of the product that he liked or disliked, and whether it was similar to the current product.

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We are honored and thrilled to have relationships like ours with Johnson and Johnson. The world is ever-changing, as is the world of technology and medicine. Our physicians are some of the best in their field and love sharing their knowledge to help make the world a better place, whether it’s for our patients or for thousands of people who will be using products, from companies like Johnson and Johnson. You can rest in knowing that our physicians are highly valued in their profession and have your best interest in mind!

 



It is almost spring. Technically, it is spring but it feels like it’s January in Central Ohio! We are looking forward to many spring days ahead with warmer weather, getting to enjoy the outdoors, and seeing more sunshine. Since winter is hanging on so tight, it has pushed allergy season back until Mother Nature decides to move forward. For now, we have our April Eye Care Tips to share with you, tips that are not related to the weather but are filled with things you can do and control to help you manage your vision. Following these eye care tips will help you in the long term to keep your vision in tact as long as possible. Cheers to good health, friends!

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