How to measure the usable corridor width with progressive spectacle lenses

Progressive spectacle lenses are an attractive option over the older bifocal lens designs. However, progressive lenses have their own challenges and they demand greater accuracy in lens positioning and optical dispensing.

One of the biggest problems is when progressive lens performance is not as expected, such that the patient experiences problems with a small or narrow field of view for reading. The download on this website is an explanation of how to use the ‘Usable Corridor Width Scale’.

TIP: Print the notes and use these for staff training. The results will help staff to understand whether the horizontal lens positioning is too wide or too narrow; and which lens (R or L) has the error.

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How an optometrist can get more website visits

Every website is more valuable when it has more visitors, so a good way to get more people to visit your website is to have links from other respected websites. One example is the International Directory of Optometrists. To help eye-care providers, the website linked below offers free links to your business website.

TIP:  Add a free listing of your optometry business website to this international directory.

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A survey of new patients by an optometrist

Advertising is expensive, so it’s important to understand what is actually working. If we measure the facts we will know where our new patients are really coming from.

The website in this link includes a download of a short survey for new patients to complete in the waiting room. It only takes one minute for each patient, but the combined results will be very informative. It is also a good idea to repeat the survey over time, to see how the results change when different types of advertising are used.

TIP: Print the A5 survey and make photocopies. Place these on a clipboard and invite patients to give their feedback when they arrive for an appointment. A sample size of 50 completed surveys should give a meaningful result.

Click here to go to the page:  Then scroll to >Forms & Misc

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How to make your own eyecare handouts

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Giving people reliable information about their eyes and vision is an excellent way to build an optometry practice.

The website linked here has several Patient Education handouts available. These include myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism, presbyopia, glaucoma, cataract & diabetic eye damage.

TIP: You can print each handout and make photocopies with the header banner replaced by your own letterhead. You can then use these to support the clinical advice that you give to patients.

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

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Click here to view the A4 download for myopia, as one example.

How can an optometrist attract more patients

The most common complaint from optometrists in many countries is that they do not have enough patients. They say that they are trained, equipped and ready, but that their challenge is that they are not busy enough.

The website linked below has a free download that is a practical plan to be implemented by the practice owners and staff. (The worksheet plan is also supported by a separate discussion paper on the same subject, on the same website).

* This plan was originally published in the book What Patients Want

TIP: Print the worksheet plan and discuss it with all practice staff. The results are designed to be measurable, so assign appropriate tasks and then monitor these to the completion of each step.

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

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Click here to view the A4 download.

What are the basics of service for an optometrist

We know that service standards are a useful way to achieve a consistent high standard with the delivery of any service. To help achieve this for optometry practices, the website linked below has a download for a list of ‘Basics’ to work towards. The author prepared these standards after seeing the training in a world-leading 5 star hotel.

TIP: Give a copy to each staff member in the practice and discuss the ‘Basics’ at staff meetings. You could also enlarge another copy on a photocopier to A3 size. Then display the A3 version on the wall of your staff room so that everyone is reminded. In other words, adopt the ‘Basics’ and make them important.

Click here to go to the page:  Then scroll to >Staff Training

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Click here to view the download.

How to print a visual acuity chart

It can be very useful to be able to print a Snellen Visual Acuity chart on a standard colour printer. They can be used for home visits for eye tests, school vision screenings, or by GP doctors for use in their rooms.

This website of optometry resources includes downloads for two versions – one on A4 paper for use at 3 metres (10ft – ideal for a local doctor’s consulting room) and a standard 6 metre (20ft) version to be printed on A3 paper.

TIP: Print copies of the 3M version on A4 paper with a colour printer. Then laminate these, or get them laminated at a colour copy centre. Use the finished charts as a handout when you introduce yourself to local doctors (GP’s).

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

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Click here to view the A4 download for use at 3M(10ft).

How opticals can save money when ordering spectacle lenses

There is a big difference in the cost of stock spectacle lenses and special grind lenses. You can therefore save money by using stock lenses when they will be suitable for a particular frame. You can also save frustration by not ordering stock lenses when they will be impossible for the selected frame.

This website of optometry resources includes a worksheet to calculate the minimum lens blank size for the patient’s PD and the dimensions of the frame selected. You can use the result to make sure that the ordered lenses will be big enough, but not too big and therefore needlessly thick.

TIP: Print copies of the worksheet on A4 paper, then use these to make the calculation. Keep this sheet until the ordered lenses are returned in case there are any questions from the lens laboratory or your fitting lab.

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

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Click here to view the download.