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    The benefits of cleaning out your practice

    The views expressed here belong to the author. They do not necessarily represent the views of Optometry Times or UBM Medica.

    Today, I donated the suit that I got married in. Yep, I took it to the secondhand store and walked away.

    Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice suit. It still looks nice, but it is dated. It shows what was in style years ago.

    Although it holds great memories of me getting married and several wedding receptions I attended, the pictures can bring me back to these moments more than the suit itself.

    It has been years since I actually wore the suit, and it was taking up room in my closet.

    So, how can ridding myself of an old suit apply to your practice?

    Previously from Dr. Spear: 10 tips to surviving an insurance audit

    Out with the old, in with the new

    As a healthcare professional who does a lot of consulting, I have had the pleasure of frequently walking through eyecare practitioners’ offices. I am able to see what is important to practitioners now—and what was important to them 10 years ago.

    Just like I forgot about my wedding suit, it seems we tend to forget about things at our practices when we have had them in our office for five or more years—even if we haven’t used them.

    Two examples of this are contact lens trials and frame boards.

    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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