Specialty Care, Loyal Patients Fuel OD’s Drive at Insight Family and Pediatric Eyecare

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Friday, January 17, 2020 10:03 AM CLAYTON, N.C.—The journey to practice ownership, especially as a cold start, is a challenging one. It wasn’t the original plan for Julie Belanger, OD. Dr. Belanger started working at a LensCrafters in Raleigh in 2008 while looking to join an optometry or ophthalmology practice but nothing fit just quite right. As the economy took a dive, Dr. Belanger came to the realization that a cold-start practice was the next step. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: The 'Disruptions' That Are Boosting My Practice Profitability

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Friday, January 17, 2020 10:00 AM Optometry is facing challenges from competitors like online retailers and large optical chains, and also, a change in the consumer mindset. People want their healthcare, like the other products and services they buy, to be friction-free in the delivery, and personalized to suit their needs. Giving today’s consumers–our patients–what they expect sometimes requires us to take disruptive actions. Read More

Start 2020 With Successful Advice From 9 ODs in This Uprise New eBook

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:03 AM AUSTIN, Texas—Optometrists and eyecare professionals are equal amounts excited and curious about the future of the industry. The team at VisionWeb is keen to help ECPs better understand how new technology can help transform everyday workflow. VisionWeb’s latest ebook, 2020 Optometrist Outlook, covers the opinions and thoughts of 9 successful optometrists. Equipped with the right tools and a support network of colleagues, these ODs have found success managing multiple practices, making a name for themselves within the industry, designing better technology, and helping new graduates succeed, VisionWeb points out. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: WHO Guidelines for Children Under Age 5

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 10:00 AM Children under five must spend less time sitting watching screens, or restrained in strollers and seats, get better quality sleep, and have more time for active play if they are to grow up healthy, according to the WHO guidelines. Applying the recommendations in the WHO guidelines during the first five years of life will contribute to children’s motor and cognitive development, lifelong health, and may reduce the incidence of myopia in children. Read More

The Best of Voices + Views for 2019

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:03 AM Vision Monday started the Voices + Views department in VMAIL Weekend back in January of 2018. Voices + Views was originally conceived as a way for VM to cover ECPs who had a social media presence on blogs, vlogs and Instagram platforms. At the time, most of the V+V features were written by our associate editor Stephanie Sengwe. Stephanie left us in May of 2018 when she returned to graduate school to pursue a film career. However, she continued to write the Voices + Views features for us on a contributing editor basis, and we’re very happy she did. Through the years, Stephanie wrote over 50 ECP profiles for us in the Weekend Edition. Here are a few of her most popular V+V stories. Read More

Women In Optometry: Three National Organizations, Three Women Leading Them

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 10:00 AM At three national organizations—the American Optometric Association (AOA), the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the American Academy of Optometry (AAO)—women ODs happen to be in leadership positions this year. There may be a time in the future when this kind of representation is the norm, but in 2020, it is still noteworthy. Women In Optometry asked each of them about their goals for the organization during their leadership term. Each leader discusses her impact on some aspect of the future of the profession. Read More

Time to Pick a Side: Were You a ‘Go Tigers,’ or a 'Geaux Tigahs’ Fan on Monday?

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:03 AM Louisiana State University beat Clemson University 42—25 in Monday's national championship game played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. After a long, rigorous schedule of games going back to late August, these two teams finished as the No. 1 and 2 ranked teams. LSU was led by its Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Joe Burrow (or Joe Burreaux), while the Clemson team was led by its standout quarterback Trevor Lawrence (who has never lost a college football game) and star running back Travis Etienne (averaging about 8 yards per carry). To gauge where the optical industry was lining up for the big game, VM ran this feature in the Saturday edition of VMAIL Weekend where we asked several readers about their game predictions. Read More

20/20 Europe: Designer Life, Jeremy Tarian, Expressive Eyewear + Creative Ceramics

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020 10:00 AM Jeremy Tarian—the son of the world-famous eyewear creative Alain Mikli, is a multi-talented designer who describes his first creative passion, at the age of 9, as ceramics. Today he is a well-known, award-winning independent eyewear designer and ceramicist, enjoying both "métiers" from a stunning studio—and former stable block—in Haut-Marais Paris. Here's what Tarian shared with 20/20 Europe in this exclusive interview: “I trained at New York’s Parsons School of Design, I gained experience at ic! berlin before naturally launching my own brand, Tarian in 2010, to design my own creations....” Read More

Compulink Partners With FIGmd to Connect to Multiple Specialty Registries

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Monday, January 13, 2020 10:03 AM NEWBURY PARK, Calif.—Compulink Healthcare Solutions the creator of Advantage SMART Practice, an all-in-one, specialty-specific EHR, and practice management solution, has formed a partnership with FIGmd, the leading developer of clinical data registries. This partnership will provide Compulink’s clients with the capability to connect to multiple specialty registries and/or directly report on Quality Payment Program (QPP) data to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Read More

20/20 Magazine: Putting the 'Care' Back into Eyecare

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Monday, January 13, 2020 10:00 AM The other night I was spending some mindless moments on social media, and I stumbled upon a post on an online opticianry forum that went on and on about a patient who was struggling with their eyewear. The post indicated that the optician working with them was fed up with the patient’s complaints, and they eventually lost their temper with the patient. Remember, patients don’t have to come to your office. If they don’t feel like they’re cared for, rest assured, they will seek other options. This will directly affect your practice’s bottom line, which will affect your practice’s ability to pay wages and give raises, etc. Read More

RightEye's New Reading & Learning Guide Helps ODs Bring Visual Learning Assessments Into Their Practices

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Friday, January 10, 2020 10:03 AM BETHESDA, Md.—A new Reading & Learning Guide from RightEye offers tips on different ways that optometrists can expand their service offering with minimal investment—and help their patients discover the love of learning through improved reading comprehension. The guide also provides sample revenue models designed to help optometrists understand the business potential for integrating visual learning and reading assessments into their practice. Read More

Review of Optometric Business: How to Turn Serving Hard-to-Fit CL Wearers Into a Practice-Builder

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Friday, January 10, 2020 10:00 AM
Hard-to-fit contact-lens wearers, many of whom have visited other eyecare practices that were unable to help, can be great practice-builders. In addition to the satisfaction of enabling these patients to finally wear contact lenses, you will have gained a pool of highly satisfied, loyal patients willing to pay a premium for your services, and eager to refer others to your office. Read More

Review of Myopia Management: How I Designed my New Pediatric Practice to Provide State-of-the-Art Myopia Management Care

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Thursday, January 9, 2020 10:00 AM As a student at Illinois College of Optometry in the early 2000s, I clearly remember taking a walk outside to stretch my legs during a break between lectures. My friend and fellow student Kevin Cassar said, “Think about it. Myopia is one of the most basic problems we face. Why can’t we figure out a way to stop this? If we could, it could change everything.” When I attended a lecture by Earl Smith, OD, from Houston, Texas, on the developmental regulation of refractive error, I had my answer! From that moment forward, I knew that not only was I going to build my future practice to include myopia management specifically, but I was going to take time to educate myself, my staff and others about myopia. Read More

Social Purpose: How Optical Is Working for the ‘Greater Good of the World’

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 3:16 PM It’s been 50 years since the renowned economist Milton Friedman published his signature 1970 essay, “The Social Responsibility of Business Is to Increase its Profits,” in The New York Times. The world has certainly changed over the past five decades, as has the view of the role business should play in a more socially conscious, consumer-empowered world. But one thing has remained fairly consistent: businesses are powerful. For optical companies, demonstrating commitment to programs that extend access to eyecare and eyewear to the areas of the world where they are in need is more the rule than the exception. This feature highlights some of the companies taking the lead in these programs and the ways in which the optical community has united to work toward a greater good. Read More

Women in Optometry: If You Want Something Done—D.I.Y.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020 10:00 AM Mandy Bell of Advanced Eye Care in Nampa, Idaho, knows about paving your own way. The side business that she created, Indelible Creations, has been delighting patients and optical staffs alike since 2019. She began working at Advanced Eye Care, 10 years ago, as an optician and moved her way up to her current position of office manager. When her current team started remodeling their office, she was tasked with redecorating. Nothing was quite matching her creative vision. “I wanted everything to be eye-related.” After searching around and coming up empty-handed, Bell saw an opportunity. “I’m lucky enough to be married to an amazing carpenter. We started throwing ideas back and forth.” Read More