Optometrist abbreviations

Every trade or profession has a popular list of standard abbreviations. If you use abbreviations it is important that you use them consistently. Of course, they must also be understood by other staff and colleagues.

The website linked here has a list of common abbreviations that you could use in your eye-care practice. The list is also useful for staff training.

TIP: Print this list for staff reference and use it as a topic for a staff meeting in your eye-care practice.

Click here to go to the page: Then scroll to >Clinical Aids

-or-

Click here to view the Abbreviations list.

Measure spectacle frame wrap

“Frame Wrap” is the adjusted curve of a spectacle frame when viewed from above. It is important for some types of high powered, aspheric or progressive spectacle lenses.

The website linked here has a chart you can use to calculate the wrap of a spectacle frame. This is a measurement that you will often require when ordering modern lenses.

TIP: Print and laminate this chart for making these measurements in your eye-care practice.

Click here to go to the page: Then scroll to >Dispensing Aids

-or-

Click here to view the Frame Wrap chart.

Smoking and eyes infographic

The website All About Vision has some great resources for patient education.

Our link below is an infographic about the effects of smoking on eyes and vision. Most people know about the health dangers, but what about eyes? Infographics are a good way to summarise information in a clear and meaningful way.

TIP: Spread the message by embedding this link your eye care website. (See the embed code below the infographic).

Click here to view the Smoking infographic

-or-

Click here to visit the All About Vision website.

When is chromatism noticeable?

Spectacle lens chromatism

Chromatism is the name of the rainbow coloured fringes seen around high contrast borders. These become more noticeable when a person looks away from the centre of lens, especially in high powered lenses.

The website linked here has a worksheet you can use to calculate the distance from the lens centre where patients will notice chromatism in high powered lenses.

TIP: Print and photocopy these forms for making the Clinically Noticeable Chromatism in your eye-care practice.

Click here to go to the page: Then scroll to >Dispensing Aids

-or-

Click here to view the Chromatism worksheet.

Tips for healthy eyes infographic

The website All About Vision has some great resources for patient education.

Our link below is an infographic about ‘8 Tips for Healthy Eyes’. It covers physical activity, diet, eye exams, smoking, eye safety, etc. We find that infographics are a good way to summarise information in a clear and meaningful way.

TIP: Spread the message by embedding this link your eye care website. (See the embed code below the infographic).

Click here to view the 8 Tips infographic

-or-

Click here to visit the All About Vision website.

Explain ocular coherence tomography (OCT)

Educating patients about their eyecare is always a good idea.

The website linked here has a Patient Education handout about Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT). It supports the clinical need for OCT and is designed to result in increased uptake of this additional service.

TIP: Print the handout and make colour photocopies with the header banner replaced by your letterhead. Then use these as handouts to support the clinical advice that you give to your patients.

Click here to go to the page: Then scroll to >Patient Education

-or-

Click here to view the OCT download.

How to grow an optometry practice

One of the most common complaints from optometry practices in developed countries is that they are not busy enough.

Needing more patients is one thing, but doing something about it seems to be the challenge. The website in the link below has a practical plan for activities to make any practice busier.

TIP: Print the plan and work through each step and project. Delegate some of the tasks so that staff are involved and empowered. Be sure to take measures of the results – remember if you want to improve something, measure it!

Click here to go to the page: Then scroll to >Practice Growth

-or-

Click here to view the download.