Cost Efficiency of Electronic Health Records
By Jerry Hayes, OD
Equipping your practice to see one more last-minute patient per day may be the best route to profitability. The keys: delegation, instrumentation and increased capacity. >>READ MORE>>
By Pamela Miller, OD, JD
Before you add an associate doctor to your practice, take legal measures to safeguard both your interests and those of the new associate. Success in the endmay hinge on reading the fine print up front.>>READ MORE>>
By Brian Chou, OD, FAAO
By creating a practice that caters to patients of diverse cultures, you can broaden your reach into the local community. >>READ MORE>>
ROB Fast Fact
Those Most Likely to Buy 3-D Eyeglasses Intend to Spend Less than $50
Those who possibly or definitely will buy 3-D eyewear are most likely only willing to spend less than $50, according to VisionWatch: 2011 3-D Eyewear Study. Of that group, men are more likely than women to be willing to spend more.
How Well Are You Educating Parents About Children’s Eye Health?
Amblyopia or “lazy eye”- the most common cause of visual impairment in children. As the brain develops and receives diminished images from the affected eye, it begins to suppress those images and favor the unaffected eye. If this condition persists, the weaker eye may become useless. Amblyopia becomes more difficult to treat effectively as the child becomes older.
Strabismus or “crossed eyes”– a condition where eyes are misaligned, or do not line up with each other. This problem is caused when the muscles do not work together. Strabismus may eventually lead to amblyopia. Approximately one in 50 children has strabismus.
Prevent Blindness America has created “Star Pupils,” a free program specifically designed to educate parents on what they can do to ensure healthy eyesight for their kids. Parents may visit Starpupils.org and receive free information on everything from common eye conditions in children to tips on how to protect eyes from injury while playing sports. For more information on children’s eye health and safety, call Prevent Blindness America at (800) 331-2020 or visit starpupils.org.
According to a study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, children and teenagers (ages 8-18) are spending more than 7.5 hours a day consuming electronic media which can cause blurry vision, difficulty focusing, dry and irritated eyes, headaches, neck pain and back pain. In addition, VSP Vision Care optometrists recently reported that nearly one-third of their patients suffer from symptoms of Computer Vision Syndrome, including eye strain, dry or irritated eyes, fatigue and headaches.
“While digital eye strain is commonly regarded as an adult condition, tech-savvy children are growing up with access to a variety of digital devices and are suffering from the side effects of overuse. With children spending upwards of 1.5 hours texting per day, it’s no wonder their eyes are causing them pain,” says Leanne Liddicoat, OD, a VSP optometrist who stars in VSP Vision Care’s EyeFiles web series. The new webisode, which highlights ways to protect children from CVS, can be viewed on the EyeFiles tab on the VSP Facebook page: www.facebook.com/VSPVisionCare. >>READ MORE>>
Some 48 percent of ROB readers who responded to last week’s poll say they have web sites that allow patients to self-schedule appointments online.