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    The benefits of cleaning out your practice


    Old contact lens trials

    Some contact lens trial rooms are trophy rooms to providers.

    They are memories of years past when that one contact lens brand came out. Although all the contact lenses in the room are expired, the doctors just don’t have the stimulus to throw away the fitting set.

    “I might use it someday,” is the classic excuse.

    Is there any negative to having these sets sitting around? Things that take up space occupy your mind and attention.

    Having that one lens around for years after you have stopped using it, means that you are not always thinking about the best and newest innovations for every patient.

    Additionally, most of us could use less clutter and more free space. It creates an openness for new products in our practices and brings about a level of vitality that has not been seenor imagined in years.

    Related: 5 zones of your practice that need TLC

    Old frame boards

    Frame boards get old.

    Quick, run out to your optical and ask your optician for 10 frames that have been sitting on the board for more than two years. I guarantee it will take your optician less than two minutes to bring you at least 10 examples.

    These frames are costing you money. Not only are they not selling, they are taking the place of newer frames that could be.

    It’s time to liquidate, donate, and get a tax write-off for these outdated frames.

    Whether it is an old wedding suit, contact lens trial kits, or some old frames—it is time to renew and refresh.

    By cleaning out your practice, it may be the start of a new mentality.  

    Read more from Dr. Spear here

    Carl H. Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO
    Dr. Spear owns a multi-location group practice with his wife Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Spear is commander of the ...


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