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Marc R. Bloomenstein, OD, FAAO
Refer to your optometric colleagues
It fills me with a sense of pride when I think about working with another physician to either complement the care of my patient or obtain services I cannot perform. Let’s face it, we are not capable of doing everything for our patients and thus we have to seek the guidance of those who are better at specific skills. We as a profession need to have our pulse on what other physicians are providing for our patients. This is the essence of comanaging our patient—it is not a financial agreement, it is a “what’s in your patients best interest” agreement.
Don’t be afraid to answer your phone
When you co-manage a patient for a surgical procedure, be prepared for some common post-op doctor-patient dialogues.
Introducing premium care in the optometrist’s chair
When a patient is advised to undergo cataract surgery, the ORA System (WaveTec Vision) can acquire a more precise calculation to improve the patient’s acuity.
Toric IOLs enable comanagement opportunities
The toric intraocular lens (IOL) provides a greater range, enhanced efficacy, more precise visual recovery for the cataract patient, and reduced potential of complications in a single surgery. Also, toric lenses provide the opportunity for optometrists to co-manage the patient’s recovery.
Optometry: The invisible profession
The perception of an optometrist by the general public seems to be that of a provider of ophthalmic-related products and services, an occupation that is as accessible as any other retailer. We are, in fact, eye physicians and have earned the right to call ourselves doctors and treat our patients with all the skills that we have at our disposal.