Viewpoint from the Co-Editor
Embracing the Challenge of Change in Our Practices
This month’s Issue of OP discusses changes in technology, therapies and practice management.
Jane Shuman, COT, COE, OCS, Co-Editor
As I opened the cover of the Premier Issue of Ophthalmic Professional I was excited to see many months of planning come to fruition. More importantly, I saw the potential value this publication can bring to every ophthalmic staff member across our nation. Although every practice has its own vision and philosophy, a common goal is shared: To provide quality care to every patient so they can live their lives to the fullest, without visual impairment. This publication will provide those involved in patient care with the tools necessary to remain current with the ever-increasing number of medical options and regulations.
It is only fitting, then, that this, the second issue of Ophthalmic Professional, covers change and new technologies. Few of us embrace change. Too often we view change as a necessary evil. But once new processes have been refined, we often wonder how we ever managed without them. We will examine ways to implement change in your practice as painlessly as possible.
By analyzing our schedule templates, embracing clinical studies (in even the smallest offices), and altering hiring and training practices, we explore ways to become more efficient without sacrificing quality care.
As the FDA has approved additional therapies for exudative (wet) AMD, we are offering a primer on the differences between them so you can educate your patients. In the surgical arena, there is a growing awareness of Femtosecond laser assistance in cataract surgery. We share the potential impact of this new technology.
Our theme of change is timely. Earlier this month, Chicago hosted the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, a place where technique, technology and information is shared. After the event, attendees returned to their practices reenergized for change. Be part of that change; and then consider letting us know how it went.OP
Ms. Shuman, president of Eyetechs, is a nationally recognized authority in such areas as clinical flow, scheduling and technician education. Prior to founding Eyetechs, she worked for more than 15 years as an ophthalmic technician and clinical manager.
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