Power Hour Optometry's Only Live Radio Show

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.

Direct download: 121615.mp3
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.

Direct download: 121015.mp3
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.

Direct download: 12215.mp3
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!  

Direct download: 111815.mp3
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!

Direct download: 111215.mp3
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!

Direct download: 102815.mp3
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?

Direct download: 10-21-15.mp3
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.  
Direct download: 101415.mp3
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.

Direct download: 10-07-15.mp3
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. 
Direct download: 09-30-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 09-23-15.mp3
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

Direct download: 09-18-15.mp3
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
Direct download: 09-17-15.mp3
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”.

Direct download: 09-09-15.mp3
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."

Direct download: 08-26-15.mp3
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!

Direct download: 08-19-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 08-12-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 08-05-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 07-29-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 07-22-15.mp3
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.  

Direct download: 07-08-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 07-01-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 6-24-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 06-17-15.mp3
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. 

Direct download: 06-10-15.mp3
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. 

Direct download: 06-03-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 05-26-15.mp3
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.

 

Direct download: 5-20-15.mp3
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!  

Direct download: 05-13-15.mp3
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.

Direct download: 05-06-15.mp3
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

Should you be outsourcing your billing and coding?  Learn when the time is right, the mechanics of doing so and the benefits of having someone handle this critically important task from outiside your office. 

Also hear tips on avoiding and surviving audits as well as what the experts think are acceptable amounts of accounts receivables to have on your practice books. 

Rob Marcella from CS Eye and Branda Barton from Optometric Billing Solutions join the show!

Direct download: 09-10-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:14am EDT

UPP - Unilateral Pricing Policy - what exactly is it and what does it mean to your practice?  Join our special guest, Angel Alvarez, the CEO of ABB Optical Group as we dive into this important topic and take your calls!

Direct download: 09-03-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:26am EDT

Learn the essence of branding your practice and how you can separate it from the pack.  Warren Modlin from Oakley calls in to the show to share his expertise on branding and marketing and how the same strategies used by famous brands like Oakley can be used in your practice!

Direct download: 08-27-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:11am EDT

How to you introduce new procedures or technology to your staff?  What about staff who are resistant?  Dr. Ian Lane from Uprise software discusses the interesting subject of "Change Management" and how you should use it to help implementing an EHR system in your practice.

Direct download: 08-20-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:05am EDT

Is in-office finishing (edging) the right decision for your practice?  Listen to an informative and candid discussion with President & CEO of Santinelli, International, Gerard Santinelli as we dive into this important topic.

Direct download: 08-13-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT

The President and CEO of Essilor joins the show!  John Carrier takes your calls and shares his views on where the industry is headed, the power of brands, why Essilor bought Coastal Contacts and clarifies Essilors relationship with Eyemed.

Direct download: 08-06-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:15am EDT

Did you know that contact lens patients get examined more than TWICE as frequently as eyeglass patients, or that patients prefer news magazines in the waiting room?  Do you know how important weekend hours are for prospective patients or what they consider too long of a wait for an appointment?  Do they prefer email to the telphone when making appointments?

Listen to this very interesting and helpful episode as researches from Jobson and the Vision Council share the findings and trends from three very important studies.

Direct download: 07-30-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 6:28pm EDT

A union for optometrists?  Might this be a vehicle for OD's do deal with vision care plan woes?  Listen to the show as Craig Steinberg, OD, JD and antitrust attorney David Balto discuss the formation of this union and what it could mean for your practice.

Direct download: 07-23-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT

Demodex critters are the topic of this show.  Hear from expert Scott Schachter, OD about how to diagnose, treat, manage patient visits and expectations and build your practice by being the demodex exterminator.  Lid scrubs are out . . . learn what's in!

Direct download: 07-16-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:59pm EDT

The six essential steps to ensuring any initiative in your practice succeeds.  Gary talks about how to make your next office project - be it a marketing program or anything else, succeed!

Direct download: 07-02-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT

Eight of the most incredible upcoming innovations in optometry . . . for example, eye drops for presbyopia and accommodative IOLS with no moving parts are just two things you'll hear optometric inventor Ron Blum, OD talk about on the show.  Also on the program is Frank Giammanco talking about an upcoming event at Vision Expo West that focuses on innovation and new inventions.  It's a fascinating discussion you must listen to!

Direct download: 06-25-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:36am EDT

Do we need yet ANOTHER association?  Three representatives from Energeyes, an association representing corporate optometrists, join the show to discuss their organization and how those who join might benefit.

Direct download: 06-18-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:50pm EDT

Are you recruiting the BEST talent for your practice?  Learn the best way to do that from LocalEyeSite.com's Brad McCorkle.

Direct download: 06-11-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:23pm EDT

An eye exam from a cell phone?  David Schafran, COO from Eyenetra discusses his technology as well as telemedicine in general.  Is this something you should embrace or fear?  Tune in and find out!

Direct download: 05-28-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:04pm EDT

Learn how and when to do pre-employment background checks.  Listen to Tommy Huhn from National Applicant Screening talk about criminal and credit checks and drug testing of prospective employees.  Great information!

Direct download: 05-21-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 5:07pm EDT

Learn how to FINALLY get things done in your practice!  Bill Bennett from the Franklin Covey organization joins the show to discuss "The Four Disciplines of Execution."  Great show and great content you can use right away!

Direct download: 05-07-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

Hear an educator's perspective on "too many students and too many schools," Obamacare, student debt and a discussion of an innovative OD-MBA program as Dr. David Heath, president of SUNY Optometry joins the show!

Direct download: 04-30-13.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:13pm EDT

Learn how to prevent fraud and theft in your practice from forensic accountant and certified fraud examiner, Joel Charkatz.

Direct download: 04-23-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:04pm EDT

Online refractions . . . listen to the co-founders of Opternative discuss their technology and what it might mean to your practice and your patients.

Direct download: 04-16-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

We're broadcasting live from the Vision Source exchange talking to the CEO and President, Jim Greenwood about healthcare reform and doctor alliances.  Also joining the show are Dr. Bobby Christensen, VP of clinical strategies.

Direct download: 04-09-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT

If you're thinking of buying or seling a practice, you need to listen to this show.  Chris Majdi, a broker from Transition Consultants shares tips and ideas that will help you whether you're buying or selling.

Direct download: 04-02-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

The founder of LensCrafters, Dean Butler is back on the show giving his straightforward commentary on how private practices can compete with online retailers, online refractions and many other relevant topics. 

Also joining the show is Keith Thompson, MD, talking about some genuine game changer technology that is right around the corner.  Hear about it for the first time HERE on the Power Hour!

Direct download: 03-29-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 10:45am EDT

Are MD's beating OD's at the healthcare game?  Larry Alexander, OD and Alistair Jackson sound off on the show and take your calls.

Direct download: 03-19-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:29am EDT

The Power Hour 3/18/14

ABB Optical Group CEO, Angel Alvarez takes your calls to discuss the new Superior Vision contact lens program.

Direct download: 03-18-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:34pm EDT

Industry update from the industry's trade group, The Vision Council.  CEO Ed Greene talks about current consumer trends and where he sees the industry headed.  He also talks about International Vision Expo!

Direct download: 03-12-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:02am EDT

How much is your practice REALLY worth?  Find out as uber-experienced practice appraiser Dr. Gary Moss joins the show and takes your questions.

Direct download: 03-05-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:35am EDT

Straight answers to your questions about ICD 10, Meaningful Use 2 and what you should do to become HIPAA compliant from Scott Jens, OD, cofounder and CEO of RevolutionEHR.

Direct download: 02-26-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 12:03am EDT

Obamacare is here to stay.  What should you be doing NOW to prepare your practice to participate?  Learn from public health and public policy expert, Mort Soroka, PhD as he takes your calls and discusses this important topic.

Direct download: 02-19-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:50pm EDT

The Power Hour 2/12/14

A PhD in social media - only on the Power Hour!  Listen to Dean Browell, PhD discuss innovative ways to boost your social media presence, how frequently you should post on Facebook and how to respond to reviews.  It's a VERY informative useful dialogue that will benefit any practice!

Direct download: 02-12-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 4:30pm EDT

Toys R Us and Target helping you run your practice?  Yes!  Tune in to former CEO of Toys R Us and Target, Jerry Storch and learn great tips on inventory management, merchandising, customer service and his thoughts on social media and dealing with "insurance patients."  GREAT show!

Direct download: 02-05-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:49pm EDT

What's the best and safest way to back up the data in your office?  Which tablet should you buy?  Listen to computer wizard, Dr. Walt Mayo answer questions from our callers about all things computing!

Direct download: 01-29-14.mp3
Category:Optometry -- posted at: 11:24pm EDT