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    13 holiday dos and don’ts for ODs

    It may be the most wonderful time of the year, but for ODs, the holidays can get a little hectic both outside and in the office. 

    In addition to shopping, planning family events, holiday parties, your practice is probably busier than ever. Your patients wait until the last weeks of the year to use their benefits—and then no-show on their appointment.

    We asked members of our Editorial Advisory Board to share some of their own advice about the dos and don’ts of the holidays.

    Do: Take time for yourself and your family

    Regardless of your profession, the holidays can be a very busy time—but for ODs, the end of the year can often be one of the busiest times in the practice. That’s why our first do is to take time for yourself and your family. Here’s what our board members had to say:

    “Don't neglect yourself. In other words, take plenty of time off for you and your family. You only go around once,” says Kirk Smick, OD.

    “Take advantage of the downtime created by a slower schedule and prioritize your family's full observance of the holiday,” says Patricia Modica, OD, FAAO.  

    “Make time for your priorities—we're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time. And, remember to be grateful for your good fortune,” says Leo Semes, OD.


    Colleen E. McCarthy
    Colleen McCarthy is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland area and a former editor of Optometry Times. She is a 2010 graduate of the ...


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