Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the Optometric Council for Refractive Technology, and consults for industry. She specializes in anterior segment disorders, and being a mom to her 3 children.
Cosmetic dangers: Part 1-Popular cosmetics patients use
Cosmetic dangers: Part 1-Popular cosmetics patients use
In Part 1 of her three-part series on cosmetic dangers, Tracy Schroeder-Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO, outlines what types of cosmetic products are available and what they do.
Helping patients through the dry eye season
Helping patients through the dry eye season
Dr. Tracy Schroeder-Swartz explains the “dry eye season” and how to help patients affected by it.
Balancing work and home as an OD during the holidays
Balancing work and home as an OD during the holidays
Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, FAAO describes how her life as an OD during the holidays changed over time. From after graduation to having her own family, Dr. Swartz finds that the balance has changed.
ODs: Rulers of the Land of Presbyopia
ODs: Rulers of the Land of Presbyopia
We often perform cataract surgery with near vision correction, using monovision or presbyopia-correcting intraocular lenses (IOLs). These folks are typically happy despite having mild residual refractive error. Something magically happens between that patient getting glasses that she “just cannot wear, at all” and getting cataract surgery. Let’s follow that patient’s path.
Tales from the Dark Web: illicit drugs, bitcoins, and social media
Tales from the Dark Web: illicit drugs, bitcoins, and social media
I thought I would share what I learned about obtaining digitally accessible drugs, and what drugs are commonly obtained over the Internet.
How patient care resembles parenting
How patient care resembles parenting
Sometimes you have to let them fail to make a point.
Real-life office policies for ODs
Real-life office policies for ODs
I thought I would create office policies to control my office life because the patients will follow my long list of rules just like my children listen to rules at home. Feel free to use it at your office.
Diet review: Picking the best diet for your patients
Diet review: Picking the best diet for your patients
Having a family with medical issues, primarily gastrointestinal issues, combined with the difficulty that comes with timely diagnosis, has taught me quite a bit about diets. We have tried many diets in an effort to calm stomach pains as well as reduce inflammation and certainly found truth in the adage, “You are what you eat.”
Risks associated with omega-3 supplementation
Risks associated with omega-3 supplementation
During my preoperative visit, my surgeon handed me a list of no less then 165 medications and supplements that I should stop taking 14 days prior to my surgery. Fish and krill oil were on the list, as were aspirin and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—as expected.
How to combat stress in your life
I am sure we are all familiar with stress because I do not think you can become an OD without dealing with a large amount of it. In case you are not aware, stress is good in short doses. But large daily doses over years is bad.

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