Daily Plaquenil Dosage - Crunching Numbers

NOTE: I originally wrote this post on my personal blog. However, since this largely describes my thought process while creating EyeDock's Plaquenil calculator, I thought it would be appropriate to post it here...

As all eye care providers should be aware, there have been some revisions in the recommendations of how we monitor our Plaquenil patients secondary to two articles 1,2 published earlier this year.

Whenever I want a quick review of Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine retinotoxicity I always head to Ron Melton and Randall Thomas's excellent website, Eyeupdate. As expected, their site has been updated with the new recommendations and I won't bother duplicating their efforts here.

I will, however, plunge a little deeper into some of the dosaging concerns they brought up in their article. After all, I never met an algebraic equation I didn't like, and I have a obsession for looking at data and trying to establish trends. In addition, I thought I might be able to create a simple calculator to help my fellow eye care professionals determine their patient's retinotoxic risk as it relates to plaquenil dosage. It's not that the calculations are particularly difficult, but, being Americans and using the cumbersome English system of measurements, it's requires a few more steps than a busy doctor should have to take.

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EyeDock's first decade, in pictures

I was feeling a little nostalgic, so went into my basement and dug out the cardboard box where I keep old hard drives and looked at some of the earliest versions of EyeDock. Everything I was pretty crude, especially from a 2013 perspective. After all, I was learning on the fly and everything was an experiment of sorts. In all fairness to myself, however, even the most popular websites from 10 or more years ago look pretty simple nowadays!

Anyway, it might not be of much interest to anyone but myself, but I thought I'd pull out some of these early images and share them here. I know some of you have been using Eyedock since the very early days - do you remember any of these images?

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Happy 10th birthday to EyeDock

Well, I've decided to declare today EyeDock's 10th birthday. To be honest, I have no clue when EyeDock was actually "born". It started as an idea that stewed in my mind for quite a while, and it began to gel as I read HTML for Dummies and Sam's Teach Yourself Apache, PHP, and MYSQL in 30 days.

Eyedock cake

You probably can't say it existed until I had a real working product, however, and I think this happened sometime in 2002. Of course, for the longest time I only showed it to my girlfriend (who is now my wife) and a few of my closest friends.

I eventually skewered up the nerve to mentioned it on an OD forum, the Optcomlist, and was pleased to get a lot of positive feedback (as well as a few "you must have too much time on your hands" comments - I've since learned that if you put you neck out there, especially on the Internet, you're going to have brace yourself for some criticism).

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