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Integrating Wavefront Technology into your Refraction – Dr. John Warren (part 2 of 3) [R#026]

Picking up where the last talk left off, Dr. Warren talks to us about Wavefront Technology, and how to integrate it into your exams to improve clinical outcomes.

We review:

  • What Wavefront Technology is
  • How it can improve the accuracy of your refraction
  • How it increases patient satisfaction, and the impact this has had on Dr. Warren’s practice.

Part 2 of 3.

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Transforming Your Practice with Technology with Dr. John Warren, Part 1 [#R025]

Equipping your practice with the latest technology can be a daunting prospect.

From automated vision testing equipment to EHRs, choosing the latest technology and integrating it effectively into your office can seem like an impossible task.

In this Radio episode, Dr. John Warren, private practitioner and founder of RevolutionEHR, gives some concrete advice & talks about how he transformed his practice from a low-tech operation (which would have looked familiar to a doc from 40 years ago!), into a modern, high-tech operation.

We review:

  • How to choose the right equipment for your practice
  • How to integrate the equipment into your workflow
  • Things to look for when talking to vendors
  • The impact that technology has had on his practice — both on patient care and profitability.

Part 1 of 3.

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Roundtable on Engaging with Today’s Parents to Promote Pediatric Vision [#R024]

In this Radio episode, HOYA Vision Care has provided us with the audio transcript of a roundtable they held at the AOA annual meeting in San Diego.

The topic: How to most effectively engage parents to promote pediatric vision.

The moderator & panelists have decades of experience working with kids, and they provide insights and tips on how you can improve your pediatric practice. Don’t miss it!

Anne-Marie Lahr, OD
Director of Education at HOYA Vision Care

Paul Harris, OD
Associate Professor, Southern College of Optometry

Glen Steele, OD, FCOVD, FAAO
Professor, Pediatric Service at Southern College of Optometry

Elizabeth Christensen, OD, FCOVD
Private Practice, San Diego, CA
Specializing in Children’s Vision & VT

Greg Hicks, OD
Private Practice, Sandusky, OH.
Director of Professional Affairs, HOYA Vision Care

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Prescribing Premium Contact Lenses, Techniques & Strategies – Dr. April Jasper [#R023]

In this Radio episode, Dr. April Jasper talks to us about how to communicate the benefits of premium contact lenses to patients.

She also reviews the challenges of moving patients into premium lenses, and some strategies that you can employ in your practice to make the switch more successful.

Dr. Jasper also talks about her (several-months-long) experience with the new DAILIES TOTAL1 lens, and how patients have done since moving them over to this new material.

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DAILIES TOTAL1 and the Evolution of Contact Lens Materials – Dr. Mile Brujic [#R022]

Frequent contributor Dr. Mile Brujic sits down with us to discuss the evolution of contact lens materials — from Paul’s Era (PMMA!) through today.

We also speak in-depth about the new DAILIES TOTAL1 lens, which represents the very latest in contact lens material science and the first truly novel material in some time.

Mile’s practice was one of the clinical test sites for the lens, and he shares his several months of experience working with it, and the impact its had on patients.

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Dr. Haffner & the LaGuardia Meeting that Changed Everything [#R021]

Former dean of the SUNY College of Optometry & genuine “Optometric Living Legend”, Dr. Norman Haffner sits down with us to talk about optometric history, and the fateful day in January 1968, when he was part of a clandestine meeting that took place in a LaGuardia Airport hotel room.

That meeting shook eye care to its foundation, and it was the day that changed optometry from a purely vision care profession to a true health care profession.

If you’ve ever wondered how you came to have prescribing rights, Dr. Haffner goes over the long bloody struggle, and tells what it was like to be at the center of it all.

The outspoken Dr. Haffner also goes on to talk about the current state of eye care, the AOA, and the current board certification issue.

Feel free to ask follow-up questions of Dr. Haffner & leave comments in this thread.


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Understanding the Tear Film to Improve Patient Satisfaction with Dr. Krisopher May [#R020]

The health of the tear film is one of the most important ocular surface issues that you’ll face in practice.

Problems with the tear film can lead to contact lens dropouts and decreased patient satisfaction.

In this Radio show, Dr. Kristopher May steps us through:

  • The science of the tear film (including modern updates to the classic “three layer” model that you probably learned in school!)
  • Common issues that impact tear film stability
  • How to prevent tear film issues & improve surface wetting
  • How the latest innovations in contact lens materials interact with the tear film & promote stability, which can reduce dropout.

If its been a while since you’ve studied the tear film (or just want a quick brush-up to help you in practice), you don’t want to miss this show!

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Building and Running a Profitable Optical with Jay Binkowitz [#R019]

Noted consultant and creator of the EDGE system, Jay Binkowitz stops by to chat with us about the basics of running a profitable optical.

We touch on several points, including:

  • OD/Optician Partnerships
  • Maintaining profitability in an era of vision care plans
  • How much space an optical should take up
  • Board management
  • How often one should renovate
  • To edge, or not to edge!

Whether you are just getting out of school & setting up an optical for the first time, or have been through it before, Jay offers lots of practical tips.

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Avoiding Coding and Billing Disasters with John Rumpakis [#R018]

As the medical model and the use of high-tech instrumentation has grown, ECPs have been increasingly subject to audits by insurance companies and the federal government.

The fines for incorrectly coding and billing can easily run into six-figures, and in some cases can be even higher!

In this episode of Radio, noted expert John Rumpakis, OD, MBA stops by to talk about how to avoid getting hit with major fines by properly coding and billing your patient encounters.

He discusses some important coding strategies as well as disasters he’s seen as a consultant.

If you are responsible for the billing in your practice, you won’t want to miss this show!

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The Nuts and Bolts of Implementing Automated Vision Testing in Practice [#R017]

Automated Vision Testing can make a practice more efficient, more profitable, and even change the mix of patients that you see.

But getting started with high-tech equipment can be a daunting prospect for many clinicians.

Louis J. Catania, O.D., FAAO., D.Sc. stops by Radio to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of getting your practice up to speed with Automated Vision Testing.

A recognized expert in new eye care technologies (and voted one of the 10 most influential optometrists of the 20th century!), Lou has implemented Automated Testing in his own practice, and he shares his “do’s and don’ts” based on real experience.

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