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    Help your patients out of their optical comfort zone

    Keep frame styling fun while suggesting changing up the look


    When Mary arrived for her scheduled appointment, she made sure she had no time limitations and was able to relax and appreciate the process. It was an enjoyable, stress‐free visit for both of us. Every professional on my team, including the prescribing doctor, became involved in the fun, giving their opinions and ideas for Mary’s new eyeglass frames.

    In the end, Mary purchased her most unique eyewear ever—she chose a beautiful semi-rimless frame that is a striking shade of teal with dark and light gray crystals. Mary also found a second pair, an amazing sapphire blue plastic frame. Both frames have provided Mary with a new confidence, knowing her updated look is both gorgeous and modern. Mary will tell her family and friends where she got her fresh new look. And I will receive countless referrals that guarantee practice growth.

    Doing our job

    When I reflect on patients, including Mary, who come back to us year after year, I realize that frame/lens duplication happens often.

    Related: How to prevent no-shows in your practice

    It almost always occurs when a patient is in a hurry and does not want to take time to look at new frame styles. When patients are under time constraints, it may be beneficial for us to suggest they return at a more convenient time. Or, with proper security documentation, we may encourage them to take a few frames home. Either will end that sense of making a rushed decision.

    Patients arrive in our frame room with a mood of apprehension or excitement. A patient can be filled with dread over what frame style to choose. Her apprehension can be linked to the perceived monetary value because the expense can feel overwhelming. But sometimes the frame process itself feels like a chore, and the notion of physical change is just too much for some patients to handle.

    We must put our patient’s mind at ease if we sense anxiety. Help her to understand the product’s value by discussing how features will benefit her vision. Explain why the product has been recommended to her.

    Of course, doing so requires lenses and frame knowledge. New products are constantly changing the face of frame styling and optical dispensing, so it’s important to stay on top of what’s new in fashion and technology.

    Try to keep the visit relaxed and fun. Allow patients to try a few silly frames, something they would never purchase. Comfort will start to creep in on anxious patients. Once they start to relax and smile, it is time to show them frames that may be the exact styles they never thought they would like. It is up to us to dictate and maintain the upbeat mood of frame styling. 

    Read more from Tami Hagemeyer here

    Tami L. Hagemeyer, ABOC, FNAO
    Tami Hagemeyer is the lead optician at Premier Vision Group in Bowling Green, OH. She is responsible for all phases of optometric and ...


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