BUSINESS: The Independent Eye: Biz Tactics Continuing Success in 2022, Guided by a Five-Year Plan for ODs, Courtesy of VisionWeb By Staff Thursday, January 6, 2022 7:45 AM NEW YORK—The new year is the time to usher in a new mindset. And after the two years everyone’s been through, courtesy of a still expanding Covid-19 pandemic, planning remains essential. To help ODs maintain practice success this year, VisionWeb has reintroduced its “5-Year Plan for Optometrists.” The free digital guide includes actionable advice for creating: an 8 step business plan; key optical metrics to measure (with formulas); staff organizational charts; essential insurance and performance reports; and top tools and technology. VisionWeb points out, “As the eyecare industry adapts to patient needs, so should your practice. Craft a vision for what you want your career, team, and overall practice to grow into. In this guide, you'll create a financial forecast, predict performance goals, and identify the best tools to get you to your goals.” The company noted, “Developing a 3- or 5-year plan for your practice can be daunting, but it’s something every independent optometrist should create to align personal career goals, staff’s output goals, and the overall vision for the growth of the practice.” Masoud Nafey, OD, FAAO, also discusses the rationale and components of the Guide in a video posted here, which is also where ODs can register to download the Guide at no charge. VisionWeb pioneered the first open and neutral online order processing platform for the optical industry in 2000. Today, as the largest platform in the country, VisionWeb connects over 20,000 eyecare professionals with over 500 suppliers. Uprise is VisionWeb’s cloud-based EHR and practice management software solution, designed by ODs for ODs to streamline office workflow, provide regulatory-compliant intuitive exam documentation, and offer insight into business operations and performance. VisionWeb also provides revenue cycle management services to help practices get paid on claims and maximize revenue from their insurance billing.