The underlying, big hairy goal of eye careHow long does it actually take to form a new habit? Is there any science to back this up? And what does all of this mean for your practice?
The ethics of care for techniciansUnderstand how autonomy, justice, beneficence, and non-malfeasance come into play
How to be a the tech your doctor can’t live withoutOver the years of interviewing, hiring, and training staff, I realized that there are some technicians who are just adequate. They were for the most part reliable, usually made good decisions, and did their job adequately. Nothing more. I also noticed there were other technicians who were superstars.
Five things that make a great technicianI don’t want good technicians working in our clinic; I want the best technicians working in the clinic. Many people make the assumption that if they pass the JCAHPO, COA, COT, or COMT tests that they are good technicians. That might mean it would also be safe to say that the higher the certification, the better the technician.
The technician’s role with anesthesiaThe technician is usually the patient’s first contact in the clinic. He or she frequently will perform the initial history to include both medical and ocular conditions and may perform the initial stages of the exam, including dilating the patient. As the first contact, the technician has an important role in obtaining a good medical history and a detailed medication and allergy list. In addition, the technician needs to understand the significance of this information in preparing the patient for surgery.
Why keratometry is important
Why keratometry is importantKeratometry (K) is the measurement of the corneal curvature; corneal curvature determines the power of the cornea. Differences in power across the cornea (opposite meridians) results in astigmatism; therefore, keratometry measures astigmatism. It can be acquired with a variety of instruments either manually or via automated methods.
7 tips for leaving a patient alone in the exam roomWhen you leave a patient alone in a room, she is left to her own devices and is free to wreak havoc in your exam room if she so desires. Or look in places not meant for patients. You want your patient to be as comfortable as possible—but you want your exam room to remain intact.
Types of cataracts and their underlying conditionsA cataract is a clouding of the crystalline lens, resulting in vision loss. There are different types of cataracts, and they may be associated with underlying conditions. Understanding the differences between types of cataracts will improve clinical management of your patients.
What the doctor expects from the techFrom medical knowledge to technical skills, eyecare practitioners (both OD and MD) have expectations of their technicians. Tech attendees at Vision Expo East learned what their doctors expected.
Make your office elderly friendlyFor many ophthalmic practices, the elderly make up a large portion of the patient base. Ensuring that your office is elderly friendly keeps these older patients more comfortable during their visits and more likely to return as well as to refer others.