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Making an Office Work: Three Design Challenges

Barbara Wright, of Barbara Wright Design, discusses three design challenges to making an optometry office work. Take a peek inside unique practices.

New Space: How Wide?
Working with Existing Design Features
Design with HIPAA in Mind

When considering a new space for your office and dispensary, take a critical look at the width of the space. A 15-foot-wide space presents a series of challenges that may affect your ability to comfortably and efficiently conduct exams. A space too narrow may also limitthe inventory you can carry and display.

In a series of diagrams and photos, Barbara Wright shows how many of those challenges are solved by a space that is 20 feet, or even 25 feet wide.

“If you want to WOW patients, wider is better,” she says.

In a unique design challenge, Barbara Wrighttransformed a former clothing store into a one-of-a-kind optometry practice and optical dispensary.

In this case, she retainedimpressive design features that providegreat character. She thenstrategically addedfurniture and displays to facilitatefunctionality and patient flow.

The physical space of an optometry office must be designed to meet HIPAA requirements for patient privacy.

“If you design in privacy, beginning with the plans,” Barbara Wrightadvises, “you’ll have an office where private conversations remain private.”

Barbara Wright is president of Barbara Wright Design in Smyrna, Tenn. To contact her: info@bwdesign.info

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