Sept. 11, 2019
Success with myopia management relies on your ability to educate patients and their parents on the value of the services you provide. That is according to Daniel J. Press, OD, FCOVD, of Park Ridge Vision, a pediatric-focused practice in Park Ridge, Illinois. He describes three potential outcomes in terms of a great day, a good day, and a bad day in myopia management.
EXPLAIN WHAT’S AT STAKE. Impart to patients and children the long-range implications of myopia. Explain that it’s about more than correcting vision and providing freedom from glasses and contact lenses; their future eye health is on the line.
EMPHASIZE LIFESTYLE CHANGE. Part of the treatment plan should be recommended lifestyle changes, such as more time outdoors away from electronic devices and studying.
FACILITATE TREATMENT. Offer deferred payment options, and other help, for financially challenged families, and ask parents what they are willing to sacrifice for the sake of their child’s future. You may find that the family can skip an upcoming vacation to enable their child to receive myopia management treatment.
Daniel J. Press, OD, FCOVD, is the owner of Park Ridge Vision in Park Ridge, Ill. To contact him: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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