New This Week
A mission statement can help your practice deliver great care and financial success—but only if you live it and breathe it. Gary Gerber, OD; Mary E. Boname, OD, MS, FAAO; and Matthew Alpert, OD, share the words that steer their careers. >>READ MORE>>
Hiring a new associate OD can fulfill your growth plan. Follow a seven-step process for effective selection, hiring and mentoring on the job. >>READ MORE>
By Ian Benjamin Gaddie, OD
A time analysis of an automated refraction system with wavefront-optimized refraction shows how saving four minutes per exam adds $192,000 in revenues per year. >>READ MORE>>
By Michelle Cooper, OD
New systems of electronic health records can boost your office’s efficiency and productivity. Before purchasing an EHR system, follow a checklist of five critical tasks that it should do for you. >>READ MORE>>
ROB Fast Fact
Colors and an adult look are the two most important factors to teen shoppers, age 14-17, of eyewear, according to Jobson Optical Research’s 2015 Selling Eyewear to Children report. Some 70.2 percent of respondents, ECPs at independent and chain optical locations, say colors are “very important” to teen shoppers, and 69.2 percent say having designs very similar to an adult frame is very important to teens. A wide variety of shape (64.7 percent), brand name (62.3 percent) and good warranty policy (61.6 percent) also were judged by ECPs as very important to teens.
Click HERE to read more on offering products that appeal to your patients’ sense of color from Review of Optometric Business professional editors Carole Burns, OD, FCOVD, and Mark Wright, OD, FCOVD.
AOAExcel, a member benefit of the American Optometric Association (AOA) that offers products and services to help optometrists manage the business side of optometry, has recently partnered with Bank of America Practice Solutions (BAPS) to offer financing solutions for ODs. >>READ MORE>>
SynergEyes, Inc., a provider hybrid contact lens technology and contact lenses, has gleaned insight into the true toric-patient experience through two recent studies: a national study of 400 toric wearers, and a clinical study of the four leading toric brands. The study reveals the challenges astigmatic patients experience with toric lenses, and their ongoing quest to find more satisfactory vision correction options. <<READ MORE>>
Challenge –> Solution
How do I effectively measure the profitability of my practice?
Effective use of practice metrics enables you to dependably measure your practice profitability. Here is how three contributors recommend measuring your practice’s profits and growth.
- Billed vs. Collected Revenues: How to Measure & Improve Profits
- Metrics to Manage By: How to Calculate Chair Cost per Exam
- Use EHR to Track Key Performance Benchmarks
Recent Articles of Note
Getting There: Planning a Successful Optometric Career
By Robert Schultz
Be Positive, and Always Thank Your Patient
An Optometric Minute video with Eric M. White, OD
Capture Rate Booster: Train Staff to Fill Patient Prescriptions
By Stuart J. Thomas, OD, and Ellen Byrum-Goad, LDO