Keeping pace with technology
Medical technology, advanced testing approaches, compact hardware designs, and compatibility between systems are evolving at a record-setting pace. As a result, opportunities for improving patient care in the vision care industry are expanding in ways that were unimaginable just a few short years ago.
The list of advances includes; a transformed clinical experience through telehealth and remote testing, improved client engagement and involvement in their healthcare, automatic test result calculations, and digital systems to capture results and continuously monitor patients.
Today, patients welcome improved office efficiencies and contemporary aesthetics. Thankfully, those outdated magazines have been replaced by informative videos. Dark, cramped exam rooms, with their oversized equipment, have been transformed into comfortable, efficient spaces. Now, instrumentation includes sleek monitors, a combination of handheld and desktop devices, and virtual reality headsets. Patients also appreciate the reduced testing times and look to the eyecare professional for an increasingly broader scope of diagnostic capabilities.
As for tomorrow, despite an optimistic growth projection for optometric services, there is some concern about the declining number of staff-level employees entering the field. However, here again, innovation and connectivity between equipment may win the day.
One more example of the influence of external conditions is worth mentioning. Market analysts have reported a decided increase in the general public’s trust and participation relative to telehealth.
With next-gen technology, traditional practices will have the ability to become hybrid care providers. Without the limitations of distance and physical office space, providers will have the ability to extend their services to homebound and geographically distant individuals seeking safe and affordable eyecare.
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