By Maria Higgins, OD
Oct. 25, 2017
Your practice’s success depends on more than your competency as a doctor, and the skill of your staff. It also depends on how pleasant patients find the experience of spending time in your office. Fortunately, there are low-cost ways to make your office more eye-appealing, and comfortable, for patients. Here are six that did the trick for me at my former practice, Unique Optique, in Frederick, Md.
Long, Wavy Mirrors
Cost? $40 each.
What’s the benefit? Long, wavy mirrors give a unique air to an optical and serve a practical purpose. They give patients a full-length view of their eyewear. We found that it was helpful for patients to see their whole body with their glasses on, to see how the glasses would complement their overall style.
Cost? $40 each
What’s the benefit? It was a minimalist way to display frames. Rather than being overwhelmed by elaborate shelving, simple shelving like this encourages patients to explore and try on frames. The simplicity gives the display a more manageable feel.
Glass shelves fade into the background, and let the frames take center stage. The simple look also is amenable to decorative displays like the one pictured in the photo on the left.
Decorative Gift Bags
Cost? $2 each
What’s the benefit: It looks more polished to give a thank-you gift, or gift at a trunk show, in a gift bag than it does to present it in a generic plastic bag.
The gift bags also can be used in decorative displays, as we did for our My Bloody Valentine window display (pictured on left).
Where do you find it? I bought it from Kingdom Photobooth. First I rented it for six months, then I bought it.
Cost? $9,000 to buy or $300 per month to rent.
Benefit? Patients loved seeing different glasses on their faces, and then being able to take an old-fashioned photo with it. They could also take photos home to show friends and family.
It added a funky feel to the decor of the office, giving patients yet another unique feature about our office to remember us by.
Reclaimed Barn Doors
Where do you find it? Estate sales, reclaimed construction stores. My brother-in-law owns a construction business, and had three barn doors that were reclaimed from a library of a mansion.
Cost?: Free in some cases, like my own, or at a low cost if being disposed of by the former owner, or a construction site.
What’s the benefit? I hung the doors with sliding hardware, and used them as the doors for my exam rooms.
It gave my office a creative, or industrial feel, which went well with our fashion-forward vibe.
Outdoor table and chairs
Where do you find it? Home Depot, or used via Craigslist, Facebook, a yard sale, or someone local selling it.
What’s the benefit? Gave patients another option for waiting. Husbands would often sit out there. More so, I would sit out there when I had a break and eat lunch or sun myself or people watch.
It also helped as a marketing tool as when I was sitting out there, tons of people would stop and ask me about our creative window displays, or mention that they happen to be looking for a new eye doctor.