Power Hour Optometry (Optometry)

Your practice rent is one of the largest ongoing expenses your practice has.  Learn from real estate expert, Chuck Feitel, how to minimize your rent and maximize concessions from your landlord on this episode of the Power Hour. 

 

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:22pm EDT

Dr. Cheryl Engels, Senior Consultant from the Power Practice is our guest this week.  Dr. Engels runs the “Practice Made Perfect” program at the Power Practice and discusses her list of “must do and must know” before you open or buy your next practice.  Tune in for some lively and insightful discussion on this important topic!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

Most of us know George Martin as No. 75 of the New York Football Giants, the star defensive end of the 1970s and ‘80s, with 96 quarterback sacks, the touchdown record for a defensive lineman, a Super Bowl win and an incredible interception that Coach Bill Parcells called the greatest football play he has ever seen. George is an NFL legend, but he’s also so much more.
Son of a sharecropper who grew up dirt poor in the American South, through talent and determination, family and faith, George Martin became a true leader on the field and off, a man whose relentless positive energy and ability to inspire know no bounds. He has championed NFL colleagues as their union president, advocated for retired players with chronic injuries, and created a non-profit to help young people find their way to responsible adulthood through athletics and mentoring.
He joins the Power Hour along with Dr. Don Teig to talk about how OD’s can get more involved with concussion care for athletes. Tune it to this very special episode!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 7:41am EDT

It’s easy to get bogged down in the regulations around security compliance, HIPAA and billing and coding requirements.  While the information is available to help you navigate the confusion, there are companies who can carry that burden for you.  Rob Marcella from CSEye talks about when it is (and isn’t) a good idea to outsource this important part of your practice, what to watch for when making the decision and other relevant topics.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 2:11pm EDT

Alan Homestead, OD is the guest on this informative episode.  Get the latest on preventing and surviving audits, meaningful use updates, using after hours codes, using your iPhone for anterior seg photos and a host of other important updates.  As the director of billing coding at the Power Practice, Alan is uniquely capable to share his expertise on this important topic.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:39am EDT

It might be an old saying, but it certainly applies to any OD trying to manage their practice. Listen to this episode where Gary shares his, and his Power Practice client list of, “If I’d only known then what I know now I would have . . .”
On tap for this interesting episode are topics like starting a practice that focuses on everything except the doctor, learning practice building from anyone but an optometrist, the importance of culture, what marketing really means for an OD and lessons learned about staff management.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:19am EDT

Dr. Edward Paul gets us up-to-date on how OD’s can integrate nutrition into their practices.  Everything from science to practice management is on tap for this episode.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:26am EDT

Tarik Sedky from Agency Pure has done advertising for Glaxo Smith Kline, DuPont, AT&T, Home Depot and many other large corporations.  Now, he’s our guest on the Power Hour where he shares his words of wisdom and discusses how optometrists can emulate the marketing messaging of these huge companies – at a fraction of the cost. He covers the most common mistakes small businesses make in their marketing and talks about how you can improve yours.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT

Lukas Ruecker, president of EyeMed and Dr. John Lahr, VP of Provider Relations return to the Power Hour to take your calls.  Topics include their perspectives on the managed vision care marketplace overall, where and how they think optometry will be practiced in the future and how EyeMed is working with doctors to promote positive clinical patient care outcomes and a positive overall consumer experience. 

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Architect Joost Bende is our guest this episode of the Power Hour.  With experience designing medical and optometry practices of all shapes and sizes, Joost answers questions about your own personal design challenges and answer questions about everything from color schemes to window placement.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 7:25am EDT

Drs. Barry Eiden and Andrew Morgenstern join the show to get listeners up-to-date on all things keratoconus.  It’s more prevalent than you think and there’s a lot more you can do about it than just stress over patients never being really happy with their contact lenses.  We’ll also take a deep dive into cross linking and how it fits in an OD’s practice.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:59am EDT

Drs. Tom Arnold and Nathan Schramm are fitting a lot of their patients with scleral lenses. Are you?
Find out why they’ve become so popular in their practices, and how the doctors became clinically competent and practice management savvy with these specialty lenses. Find out how you too can get on board with one of the hottest modalities in contact lens care.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:09pm EDT

Jason Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, shares his thoughts and data about how contact lenses are viewed and prescribed outside the U.S. and what American doctors can learn from their international colleagues.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 8:52am EDT

Gary walks through the most important “mid year” metrics to examine as we approach the halfway point of the year.  Are you hitting the goal you laid out back in January and are you sticking to your budget?  Scheduling, staffing and marketing are all fair game for discussion on this episode of the Power Hour!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:59pm EDT

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care President Peter Menziuso and Vice President of Professional Affairs Dr. Millicent L. Knight discuss current trends in the contact lens industry, opportunities to expand your contact lens practice, their recent entry into the monthly lens category, and their recent decision to eliminate UPP pricing for the company's contact lenses.
Listen to this episode of the Power Hour and get an update on current contact lens market trends and legislative battles being waged around the country.
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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 2:09pm EDT

Previously unaware of the enormous unmet demand for eye care within his San Francisco community, Robert Bell began using his influence as a long-time eye care industry executive, consultant, and speaker to inspire more eye care professionals to volunteer and to bring in more optical and optometric resources, equipment, and eyewear to the Project Homeless Connect vision program in San Francisco.  Hear about Robert’s journey and how you can do the same thing to support your own communities.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:20pm EDT

Moscot is a New York institution currently headed by Director, Dr. Harvey Moscot.  As a fourth generation owner in arguably the most competitive optical environment on the planet, Harvey shares his company’s legacy and “secret sauce” to enduring for so strongly for so long.  Take a deep dive with Harvey on the Power Hour and  hear this fascinating story about how all of his locations compete not only with Warby Parker, but with every other conceivable optical competitor on the price volume curve spectrum.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 7:47am EDT

We’re honored to welcome one of optometry’s best known speakers, Dr. Paul Karpecki back to the Power Hour!  Paul gets us up-to-date on everything from anterior segment technology, disease and treatment, advances in refractive surgery and keratoconus – and just about anything else you might think of!  Take advantage of this rare opportunity to listen to a genuine optometric thought leader on this episode.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

Healthcare attorney Susan Orr is back on the Power Hour.  Our topic is the recent increase in audits by Medicare and other 3rd party payors resulting in overpayments that need to be returned by the provider.  Hear how to approach these audits and what to do when you discover a billing error. Also, get up to date information on REQUIRED compliance plans that are necessary to remain a participating provider in Medicare.  We also discuss the sale of practices – stock purchase or asset purchase – the pros and cons of each.  

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

Dr. Vance Thompson is our special guest on this episode of the Power Hour.  Vance has been, and is currently involved in many FDA studies related to refractive surgery.  Listen to his insights about what’s hot, what’s not and what you must know about the next wave of dry eye treatments, cross linking, phakic IOL’s, presbyopia treatments and cataract surgery.  With Vance on the show, be prepared for a fascinating discussion – and the show’s FIRST discussion about refractive surgery!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:08pm EDT

Talking about everything from an anterior seg update to national and state optometric politics, Dr. Art Epstein is back on the show.  Never one to hold back an opinion on all things optometry, we welcome Art back to the show.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:36am EDT

Industry veteran, Mike Daley, is the guest on this episode of the Power Hour. As the CEO of the Vision Council, Mike discusses this important industry organization whose mission is to grow in the vision care industry through education, advocacy, research, consumer outreach, strategic relationship building and industry forums.
Mike also talks about their role in the upcoming Vision Expo East meeting and Think About Your Eyes.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

Kate Gifford, OD joins the show to talk about the parallels and differences in how optometry is practiced in Australia vs. the US.  Business topics like the competitive landscape, corporate optometry and Internet sellers will be discussed in addition to clinical practice differences.  Don't miss this interesting discussion!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:15pm EDT

Live from the Vision Source Exchange in San Antonio, TX. Listen in and join the discussion about where we’ve been, and more importantly, where we’re headed – and how you should prepare for what may lie ahead. Joining us are key industry executives from Vision Source as well as some members, old and new, to give their different perspectives.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 2:14pm EDT

Questions and comments for the current AOA president, Steven Loomis, OD on this episode of the Power Hour.  Listen to the discussion about what the AOA has been working on of late and an in depth conversation about the current legislative battle with 1-800-Contacts, particularly in Arizona.  Don’t miss this VERY important episode!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:48am EDT

The Power Hour is now listened to in 109 countries.  We broadcast from the United States and talk mostly about what’s happening here.  Why then, do optometrists from Albania to Zimbabwe listen?
Answering that question and others, on this episode of the Power Hour, is Leo Mac Canna, the CEO and founder of the practice management software company, Ocuco.  Ocuco is the second largest optical retail software company in the world, and continues to expand globally, with offices in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia and China.  Given their global experience, Leo shares his insights on the world view of optometry and what some of the more “quirky” best practices are from around the world that we can all benefit from.

 

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

Chris Marentis, respected authority on internet marketing and founder of Surefire Social, an internet marketing company making major waves in optometry, is the guest on this episode of the Power Hour.  Joining Chris is Dr. Alan Glazier, a noted industry expert on digital marketing and social media.  

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

Dr. Thomas Aller has been using multifocal contact lenses for years – successfully!  Yes, those same lenses that many of us run from, Tom runs towards!  Find out why and how he readily embraces these lenses and how he’s integrated them into his practice on this episode of the Power Hour!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:45am EDT

Tune in to this episode and listen as VSP’s CEO, Jim McGrann takes your calls and questions from Gary.  Topics include everything from VSP’s Premier program, VSP’s new relationship with CVS and just about anything else listeners want to call in and talk to Jim about.  Don’t miss this important and unique opportunity to hear how Jim responds to your questions answered directly from the CEO!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:41pm EDT

Listen to the show as Dr. Nick Despotidis talks about how he built one of the largest corneal reshaping practices on the planet and how it allowed him to provide a quality of practice and personal life that many of us only dream about.  Prepare to be inspired!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

It’s 5:00 PM, you’ve got your coat on and are heading out the door when your office manager stops you and says, “Mrs. Abrasion is on her way over. She was in a lot of pain so I thought it was best she come right over. I’m sorry – I hope that was OK.”
Of course it’s OK because you want to take care of this patient, but in doing so, you’ll now be late for your daughter’s violin recital.
Nearly all doctors, whether they are practice owners or associates, working in private or corporate practices, struggle with work–life balance.
On this episode of the Power Hour former AOA President, current full time OD and mom, Dr. Dori Carlson joins the show. Tune in to hear about how she juggled three full time jobs when most of us stress over just one.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

You already know your patients are constantly looking at their mobile devices. Is your practice showing up on those devices?
They built the industry’s #1 mobile platform that allows doctors to connect with their patients. EyeXam Founder and CEO, Dr. Nikki Iravani talks about how EyeXam came to be, and based on what she learned in creating the app, shares her insights on how doctors can benefit from being more connected to their own patients and prospective patients. We talk about everything from patient’s viewpoints of scheduling exams, checking insurance benefits and of course, finding a doctor.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

Is he a comedian or an OD?  Dr. Monty Vickers’ witty insightful monthly columns having been making us laugh for more than 25 years.  Now, for the first time ever, he brings his “show” to live radio!  Listen to Monty and Gary on this episode of the Power Hour as they make light of all things optometric.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:25am EDT

James Diecidue shares his unique viewpoints about how he thinks EHR’s SHOULD work, why some don’t work that way and his opinion on a new solution.  Tune in to hear this fresh viewpoint about a very important topic.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

It’s been said that buying a house is the single biggest decision you’ll ever make . . . unless of course you’re buying a practice or starting your own.  Tune in to this episode of the Power Hour when Gary discusses his unique consultant’s view on how to stack the deck in your favor to ensure your success.

Topics include everything from choosing a name, dispelling the “location, location, location” myth, ways to save on rent and inventory, secrets to getting great staff and a list of other very important decisions you’ll need to make early on.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:55pm EDT

It could be argued that for today’s OD, an OCT is as essential to the medical part of a practice as a phoropter is to the refractive practice.  With that level of importance, we are dedicating this episode to all things OCT.  To keep things lively and informative, we’ve invited competing OCT manufacturers to discuss the importance of the technology as well as why they believe their device is best.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

Digital dispensing devices are the topic of this episode of the Power Hour.  Guests include representatives from Zeiss, VSP, Shamir, Hoya and Essilor.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:09pm EDT

Barry Tannen, OD, FCOVD, FAAO is our guest on this informative episode.  Barry talks about the latest body of evidence around optometric diagnosis and treatment of concussions and TBI patients and how you can make this a part of your practice.  It’s a fascinating topic where OD’s are making significant, life changing differences for their patients!  

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:37pm EDT

2016 is now only six weeks away.  Power Hour host and practice management consultant Gary Gerber, OD talks about the three things every practice should be doing NOW to ensure they get 2016 off to a profitable start and sustain growth during the course of the year.  Be ready to take notes for this show as Gary takes a deep dive into his three top planning strategies and how to ensure they get implemented and stick!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:40pm EDT

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD PhD, Associate Dean for Research at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, is THE source for all things myopia and myopia control – and is the guest on this episode of the Power Hour.  Involved in all the major studies in this area (COOKI, CLAMP and CRAYON to name just a few) Jeff talks about what the research has (and hasn’t!) found and what lies ahead.  
Does spending time outside really make a difference in myopia progression?  Should you really be telling parents of myopic kids to limit time on their iPads?  Separate the myths from the facts on this important show.  
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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:44pm EDT

Angie Paccione, Ph.D from Verus Global is our guest on this episode of the Power Hour.  With her diverse background as an educator, professional basketball player and Colorado legislator, Angie talks about how to create a positive culture in your practice and how it leads to greater profitability.  The keynote speaker at the last Power Practice National Client meeting, Angie received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her motivating and very practical and useful talk.  Be sure to listen to this important episode, invite your staff to listen and get started on the path of becoming an inspiring leader!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:14am EDT

Hear why doctors should join an alliance, and specifically, why they should join one of the six alliances on this episode (Block Business Group, IDOC, PECAA, PERC, PRIMA and Vision Source).

Is it just about who has the best price on a box of contact lenses, or is there more to it now? Is inclusion in a changing healthcare system a function of joining the “right” group or are they all the same? What about live meetings and camaraderie? Is that important? With six choices, which group – if any – is best for YOUR practice?

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

They claim to help keep your appointment books full, help get positive online reviews, automate marketing emails and texts, and decrease the workload for your staff.
But which one is right for you?
You won't want to miss this episode where 4patientcare, Demandforce, Solutionreach, and Websystem3 discuss each of their offerings.  
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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

Dr. Don Teig is our guest on this episode of the Power Hour. Don discusses how he got his start in sports vision and ultimately wound up working with the NY Yankees, Knicks and training other doctors to work with their local sports teams and athletes. He also talks about his newest venture, The A Team, High Performance Vision Associates and some of their work across the country.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:06am EDT

Dentist have it made!
Or do they?
Trevor Maurer from SmileSource, a network of independent dentists is our guest on the next Power Hour.  With years of vision care experience behind him, Trevor talks about the similarities between us and how we can leverage dental’s best practices in our practices. 
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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:19pm EDT

With so much talk about social media and online reviews, is there still a necessity for a web site for most practices?  Tune in as the experts from iMatrix talk about why a broad based web approach still matters and how to go about making sure your web site is robust and meaningful to patients and prospective patients.  Getting patients to your web site isn’t enough.  They have to stay there long enough to absorb your message! Listen to this important show for updates you can use for your own web presence.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:20am EDT

Marc Ferrara – the CEO of information services at Jobson gets us up to date on why generational differences matter in our practices and what we should do about them
Jeremy Poincenot - 2010 World Blind Golf Champion shares his incredible inspirational life story and talks about the Vision of Children Foundation

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:20pm EDT

Tony Hawk – Tony talks about his new line of eyeglasses and his foundation
Tom Loughran – from Reed Exhibitions, Tom discusses some of the “must see/do” things for Vision Expo attendees
Anne Marie Luthro – get ready for a fascinating discussion about optical shopper psychology and environmental factors that affect purchasing decisions
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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT

Gary is the guest as he’s interviewed and discusses his views on where the industry is headed and what OD’s should do to prepare and succeed.  He also shares some personal history about what brought about the Power Hour in the first place, future plans for the show and how it will benefit listeners.  Finally, listen to a “consulting free for all/stump Gary session”.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 8:58am EDT

You have a “no smoking in the office” policy.  Your optician only smokes during allowed break times.  When he comes back, he smells like smoke and you believe it is affecting sales in your practice.  Can you discuss this with the optician?  Can you fire them because of it?  What about an employee, who in your opinion, wears too much perfume or cologne?

You know that your millennial patient only responds to text messages.  Can you dismiss this horribly non-compliant contact lens wearer via text?

After repeated attempts at re-training, you have decided to fire your receptionist.  Just as you’re about to tell her she’s fired, she interrupts with, “I have great news.  I’m pregnant!”  Now what?

Attorney Ron Goldman, director of legal services for the Power Practice, joins this episode.  Listen as we take a deep dive into the above topics along with many others. 

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:23pm EDT

Never one to hold back his oft viewed controversial opinions, Barry discusses:

Why Rx expiration dates undermine a doctor’s credibility

The 5 stages of grief & Warby Parker

The 5 things ODs should never say

An Optician's view of “outside” prescriptions

Why you should give patients a prescription for “plano” as opposed to simply saying, “You don’t need glasses."

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 8:19pm EDT

Steve Dorfman from Driven to Excel joins the show.  Steve’s background in two diverse industries – hospitality and car sales, allows him to bring a very different point of view to orchestrating a patient’s visit in your practice.

In addition to his 9 imperatives, Steve talks about why the patient experience is the real key to practice profitability.  Gary and Steve take a deep dive into this interesting topic and talk about ways you can make it positively memorable and absolutely profitable!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:49pm EDT

Their company's vision is, “To be the premium progressive lens designer and vendor in the United States.” 

Shamir CEO, Raanan Naftalovich joins the show and discusses how they are doing that in the face of the constantly changing vision care landscape.  Raanan opines on everything from the effect of vision care plans, internet eyeglasses and refractions, decreasing emphasis on optical sales, social media and millennials on this eclectic episode.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

When most doctors at this point in their careers would have already retired, Dr. Neil Draisin is forging on.  He has continually built larger and larger practices and assimilated nearly every specialty service into his still growing practice, Neil’s drive and enthusiasm to keep pushing his practice forward is contagious.  When others are complaining about the Internet and the rest of optometry’s woes, Neil is finding ways to make them work for his practice.  Proving that a long career doesn’t equate to a declining, stagnant or boring one, Neil shares his wisdom with us on this episode of the Power Hour.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:37pm EDT

Technology is shrinking and autorefractors are no exception.  But what does the reduction in size mean beyond simply saving space in your practice?  Are there other implications and is this trend likely to continue? 

Listen to our guests from Smart Vision Labs as we discuss their technology and handheld technology in general and what the implications might be for your patients and practice.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

Contact lens guru, educator, writer, researcher and lecturer Patrick Caroline takes your calls on this episode of the Power Hour!  Pat talks about the reasons for the recent resurgence of GP lenses, how practitioners can get educated and benefit from current new modalities and designs and also what’s on the horizon.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:29pm EDT

Listen to the discussion about ethical practice dilemmas.  For example, a patient tells you that his last doctor charged him for $5 for a box of “free” trial lenses, another patient tells you their last doctor said she had glaucoma (and she clearly doesn’t) and that she had to be seen (and pay) every three months. 

What would you say to these patients?  Would you contact their previous doctors?  What about if you knew that another doctor in town was committing blatant insurance fraud, or your patient wants to self-refer for cataract surgery to a surgeon who you know is obviously and grossly inept with a long history of poor outcomes?

Don't miss this very special episode where the guest is YOU and YOUR personal experiences!

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:31am EDT

Newly elected AOA president, Dr. Steve Loomis, Dr. Carla Mack, from Alcon, Jon Torrey and Dave Plogmann, both from Think About Your Eyes (TAYE) join the next Power Hour.  Our guests discuss this important national public awareness campaign that is presented by the Vision Council and the AOA.  

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 2:13pm EDT

David Friedfeld joins us on this episode to give his thoughts on industry trends.  As the president of a large frame company, he shares a different perspective on things like Internet eyeglasses, managed vision care, online refractions, social media as well as a host of other important topics affecting today’s eye care professionals.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:57pm EDT

Listen to Jim McGrann, the current president and soon to be CEO of VSP on this episode of the Power Hour.  Jim answers your questions and discusses what’s new at VSP.  Get an update on the Premier program, hear about Jim's plan and direction once he becomes CEO, his view on why the millennial market is so important to the industry, and his thoughts on how managed vision care and practitioners can cooperate to the betterment of patients.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:38pm EDT

The effects of blue light on your patients has been all over the news.  Is the science solid, and if so, what are you doing about it?  Which lens is best and how should you present it to your patients?  Is all blue light bad?  Why the emphasis on it now vs. years ago?  Get answers to these questions and more.  Joining the show will be representatives from Essilor, Zeiss, Hoya, VSP and BluTech so be sure to listen to the important episode.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT

Google Glass may be in the history books, but as optician John Bonizio discusses on this episode of The Power Hour, wearable eyewear technology can be a significant part of your practice.  John talks about particular products he recommends for his patients, how they are presented and aligned with conventional eyewear. 

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:45pm EDT

Dr. Keith Thompson from Digital Vision Systems joins the show and talks about new technology that could very well replace your phoropter and be a genuine “game changer.”  Keith is the head of the team developing this breakthrough technology and the implications for your practice are staggering. 

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:50pm EDT

Our special guest this week is YOU!  Listen as doctors call in to share their experiences in working with a consultant.  Gary gives advice on what to look for when choosing which consultant to work with and doctors with new, established and those exiting, call in to share how their consultant helped them.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

The mission of the Vision Impact Institute is to raise awareness about the importance of healthy vision, including the socio-economic impact of Uncorrected Refractive Errors and quality of life benefits of visual correction.

Their president, Maureen Cavanagh is the guest on our next episode.  She’ll discuss how they aim to be the voice of vision by gathering and communicating pertinent information to all stakeholders, including government policy makers, optical industry associates and the general public, to mobilize a world-wide movement on visual impairment advocacy.

 

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:06pm EDT

Dr. Alan Homestead, director of billing and coding for the Power Practice joins this episode of the Power Hour.  Alan separates fact from fiction regarding what you should do to prepare for ICD 10.  He also discusses some of the most common billing and coding myths. Being prepared for ICD and using proper billing and coding procedures can significantly alter your practice’s financial destiny. Making mistakes can literally put you out of business!  

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

In home vision testing by "Visioneers" is here.  Listen to David Schafran, the founder of www.goblink.co and Drs. Neil Schafran and Adam Deutscher as they discuss their new technology delivery system for what they refer to as "vision testing."

They discuss the differences between their test and a comprehensive eye examination, talk about the logistics of how and when their Blink optometrists sign off on the test and write an eyeglass prescription and how their technology benefits patients.

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Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:05am EDT

Listen in as we broadcast LIVE from the Vision Source Exchange in Phoenix, Arizona.  Joining the show are Vision Source Execs who share their thoughts about where the industry is headed and why joining a doctor alliance is so critical.  They also talk about what's new at Vision Source.

 

Direct download: 04-29-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:10am EDT

Are Independent Practice Associations (IPA's) the answer to managed care woes?  Dr. Joseph Ross, president of the NY IPA discusses how IPA's work, his opinion on their advantages compared to current managed care plans, how you can research if there is already one in your state, and if not, how to set one up.

Direct download: 04-22-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:05am EDT

World famous optometrist, Professor Brien Holden offers up great insight on the myopia epidemic.  He discusses probable causes and the best current solutions as well as some solutions that are on the way.  He also makes a case why astute OD's will become myopia managers instead of just myopia correctors. It's a fascinating discussion from the worlds' leading OD!

Direct download: 04-15-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:39pm EDT

Are dentists smarter than optometrists? 

Well known and highly respected optometrist, Dr. Art Epstein, answers with a resounding "Yes!" 

Listen to Art discuss why he thinks this way, how optometrists can benefit from practicing like dentists and how he has similarly configured his own practice to model a dental practice.  Always outspoken and on point, Art offers great practical advice to our listeners.

Direct download: 04-08-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:06pm EDT

Sjogren's syndrome is often either missed or misdiagnosed yet as many as 4 million Americans live with the disease.  Steve Cohen, OD, is the only optometrist on the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation board of directors and he's our special guest on this episode.

He discusses how to diagnose and help treat the ocular manifestations of Sjogren's and how to communicate with the medical community about your place in the patient's care.

Direct download: 04-01-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

Jeff Anshel, OD and nutrition expert joins the show.  Jeff talks about how to interpret conflicting studies and what's hot and what's not in the world of ocular nutrition.

Direct download: 03-25-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:28pm EDT

The Power Hour 3/21/15

LIVE FROM VISION EXPO EAST, PART 2!

Listen to Dave Ziegler, OD, talk about how he's used technology to raise the customer service bar in his optical, Marc Ferrara from Jobson gives highlights of the recent Jobson Summit and the "Internet of Things," Eric Leonard, the president of Essilor talks about the next big thing in eyeglasses (and it's not what you think!), and Matt Geller, OD returns to talk about a new web site for hiring staff.

Direct download: 03-21-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 2:28pm EDT

LIVE FROM VISION EXPO EAST, Part 1 . . . Guests include Mark Dunbar, OD, talking about some of the great classes and new programs at Expo, Ben Stewart from Bank of America discusses the current financing climate, Dean Butler, the founder of LensCrafters prognosticates on the future of the industry and Casey Hedberg from Glimpse discusses why there's been a recent high interest level in data analytics. 

 

Direct download: 03-20-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:01pm EDT

Contact lens guru, Dr. Joseph Barr joins the show!  Joe shares his views on what he sees as the biggest opportunities and challenges for contact lenses and those doctors wanting to grow their contact lens practices.  As an educator, he also gives his views on the current state of OD education.  Listen to this episode for some candid discussion and great insight.

Direct download: 03-11-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:25am EDT

LIVE FROM SECO!!  Special guests include Drs. Walt Mayo, Al Kabat, Mile Brujic and Michael Chaglasian.  We discuss everything from $109 tablet computers to ocular side effects of oral medications.  Listen to this fun and eclectic episode!

Direct download: 03-06-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:53pm EDT

AOA President, David Cockrell, OD joins the show!  We talk about the 1-800 Contacts legislation that is trying to elminate UPP and make it illegal for doctors to sell contact lenses to their own patients (Yes, you read that correctly!).  We also discuss the AOA's position on, "Are there too many doctors?," online refractions and many other important topics.

Direct download: 02-25-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 1:10am EDT

An employee calls you up and says they were hurt on vacation while bungee jumping and can't work for 6 weeks.  Are they "disabled?"  Can having something as simple as a job description help you in an ADA lawsuit?  Is it best to not ask prospective employees about their health, even if you feel they may not be able to perform a specific task in your practice because of poor health?  Elizabeth Harlan is an ADA Attorney.  She answers these and other questions and gives very useful information to keep in mind when dealing with your current and future staff. 

Direct download: 02-18-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:43am EDT

What can optometry learn from a leading retailer like Brooks Brothers?  Quite a lot as you'll hear on this episode.  Brooks Brothers president, Andrea Dorigo discusses everything from merchandising to social media.  Hear very interesting information that you should listen to with your optical staff!

Direct download: 02-11-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:29am EDT

Can very small amounts of prism (on the order of 1/2 diopter) really make a big difference for your patients?  Drs. Debby Feinberg and Mark Rosner share cases and techniques about patients with everything from irretractable headaches to vertigo and discuss how their system of very meticulous prescribing of prism has helped their patients - about 7,500 of them!

Direct download: 02-04-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT

Meaningful use audits are on the rise.  How should you prepare and respond in the event you are one of the "lucky" doctors to be audited? 

The percentage of doctors who lose their audits is alarmingly high, so listen to this show and protect your MU payment!  Susan Orr, a healthcare attorney joins the show to discuss this important topic.

Direct download: 01-28-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:20pm EDT

Are you putting your patients at risk when you prescribe generic drugs?  Have those drugs gone through the same approval process and clinical trials as branded drugs?

Drs. Agustin Gonzalez and Mel Friedman join the show to discuss this very important topic

Direct download: 01-21-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT

The President of Luxottica Wholesale (frames), Holly Rush, joins the show.  Holly shares great perspective on the importance of brands and optimizing the patient’s experience in your practice.  Luxottica sells one RayBan per SECOND.  Holly talks about how you can make your practice the “RayBan” in your community!  Great information!

Direct download: 01-14-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 1:31pm EDT

A two part episode!  First, Gary talks about a way to ensure 2015 is successful. Then, Drs. Justin Bazan and Alan Glazier debate whether Facebook is still relevant as part of your marketing plan.  Listen to this VERY lively and entertaining discussion.

Direct download: 01-07-15.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 1:29am EDT

EyeMed President Lukas Rueker and his leadership team are on the show and they take questions from listeners. 

We talk about the lab model, low exam reimbursements, why they mandate certain business practices for providers, Internet dispensing and many other important topics.  Listen as colleagues call in with their thoughts and comments!

If you'd like to contact EyeMed about the show, visit:  http://discovereyemed.com/viewpoint/  or, send an email to dialogue@eyemed.com

Direct download: 12-17-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 3:21pm EDT

Glaucoma guru, Dr. Murray Fingeret is our special guest.  We discuss cutting edge diagnostic tools and treatment strategies.  Is the OCT the standard of care?  What happened to visual fields - still important?  With all this new information, exactly WHEN should you start treating glaucoma?  Listen to this important information you won't find elsewhere!

Direct download: 12-10-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:08pm EDT

Are there too many optometrists and too many schools?  Dr. Jennifer Coyle, the president of ASCO, joins the show to discuss the findings of the AOA Workforce Study.  Listen to the discussion about the study and what it means for your practice.  We discuss everything from the effect of gender to new technology on the future of our profession!

Direct download: 12-03-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

If you were stranded on a desert island and only had one instrument available to diagnosis glaucoma, which one would it be?  Listen as noted educator, author and lecturer Jim Thimons, OD, answers this and other very timely questions. 

On this episode you'll hear all about cutting edge technologies, new drug delivery systems that are on the horizon, why you need to be careful prescribing generic drugs and a host of other very important clinical topics.

Direct download: 11-26-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT

Listen to this important episode as pediactric specialist Dr. Leonard Press talks about why "little patients are the next big thing" for your practice.  He makes a compelling argument about why catering to this segment of patients is great for your practice and allays any possible fears about seeing younger patients.  It's a great show with great information!

Direct download: 11-19-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:48pm EDT

Is eyecare becoming a commodity and if so, what can you do about it?  Listen to a very entertaining and lively discussion with the CEO of FirsVision Media Group, Frank Giammanco.

Direct download: 11-12-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:56pm EDT

Your first step to plan to succeed next year should be to listen to this episode.  Gary discusses how and why to set up a budget and offers a free template just for the asking.  Great content to ensure your success next year!

Direct download: 11-05-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:22pm EDT

What are the most important benchmarks for you to measure and keep track of in YOUR practice?  Listen as Gary and Steven Sunder from VisionWeb discuss, and debate, this important topic.  Also listen for instructions on how to get your free e-book that they collaborated on.

Direct download: 10-29-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:38pm EDT

Your next contact lens patients asks you, "So doctor, I saw on a website that the same company who makes my contact lenses paid you $1,417.29 for "Travel Expenses."  Are you fitting me with these contact lenses because they paid for your vacation?

Sound impossible?  The Sunshine Act is in full effect and scenarios like the one above are bound to happen in your practice.

Listen to experts from the Contact Lens Institute, Alcon and Vistakon share their wisdom about how the "Open Payments" program works, where you can see it online and everything else you need to know about it.

Direct download: 10-22-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 1:15pm EDT

Myopia Control is within the clinical skillset of every OD.  Get up to the second information about this great treatment program for your patients, from expert, Jeffrey Cooper, OD.  Learn how controlling myopia - instead of just "correcting" it can greatly benefit your practice and patients.

Direct download: 10-15-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:50am EDT

What’s the next BIG thing for OD’s to be aware of?  Listen to the broadcast live from the East West meeting in Cleveland as we pose that question to notable OD’s, Tom Quinn, Jerry Sherman, Marc Bloomenstein and Karla Zadnik.  Also joining us is Rick Cornett, the Executive Director of the Ohio Optometric Association talking about the ACA and John Hawley, VP from Optovue talking about their new iScan and DIGITAL, no injection, fluorescein angiography! 

Listen to some great content about what’s just around the corner and also hear Dr. Sherman talk about a controversy brewing at the NIH around the ARED’s study!

 

Direct download: 10-10-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 9:47pm EDT

Special eyeglass lenses for use with digital devices?  Why not use PAL's or single vision lenses?  Hear the latest about lens designs and filters on this special show with guests from Essilor, Hoya and Zeiss.  If you think they all agree about the importance of filtering blue light, think again . . . and listen to the show - you'll be suprised!

Direct download: 10-01-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 1:47pm EDT

GP Rockstar, Ed Bennett, OD, joins the show.  We talk about the resurgence of scleral lenses, great resources for new fitters, corneal reshaping and lots of other important topics.  Great information on this episode!

Direct download: 09-24-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:10pm EDT

Live from Vision Expo West - Part 2!

  • Ian Lane, OD, from Uprise talks about Meaning Use audit prepration and avoidance
  • Andy Karp from Jobson discusses wearable technology
  • Bob Main from Rochester optical talks about preparing for wearable tech in your practice
  • Kevin Wheat, OD talks about how he uses Google Glass in his practice
  • Alan Glazier, OD - the "Godfather" of optometric social media talks about OD's on Facebook
Direct download: 09-19-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:00pm EDT

Broadcasting LIVE from the exhibit hall at Vision Expo West join our guests:

 

  • Dr. Matt Alpert talk about how he's using Google glass in his own practice
  • Tom Castiglione, the president of Morel, discusses how smaller companies (and practices) can compete with huge ones and let's us know what's coming in frame styles from Europe
  • Drs. Howard Purcell and Janelle Routheir from Essilor talk about new education initiatives, leadership changes at the company and how their "Power of Three" consumer ad campaign is benefiting pracitioners
  • Holly Rush, Luxtottica retail president, talks about their innovative new strategy that is exemplified in their nearly "frameless" trade show booth as well as some new changes at the company
  • Rick Clemente from Santinelli International talks about innovations in in office finishing
  • Optometry Giving Sight gets us up to date with the World Sight Day Challenge!
  • Dr. Larry Alexander talks about new OCT developments at Optovue

 

Direct download: 09-18-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:41am EDT