Planning is an important component in the Optometry profession, especially for those who are willing to start their practice. This process helps one understand the requirements of the endeavour and clarifies the reasons behind doing it. Planning also helps create a blueprint of the mammoth task of opening an optometry practice and highlights the desired goals to accomplish it. By the virtue of this profession, entrepreneurship is the most desired objective of an optometrist where he/she can innovate and perform up to their desired level. Running a practice provides an opportunity to wholly participate in the noble professional for the benefit of the society, and serve the community by establishing a comprehensive and accessible practice.
An ideal optometry practice provides quality patient care and services at a reasonable cost. It should have transparency in its operations and important aspects like ethics and politeness must be rigorously practised to achieve sustainability in the profession. Read on to have a thorough understanding of all that is required in a proper optometry practice.
Optometry is a branch of applied medical sciences that deals with eye care. It involves primary eye care, preventive eye care, first aid and emergency care. It also includes the diagnosis and management of visual focusing error and visual alignment error; educational eye care facilities are present as well.
An optometry practice is a place where basic eye care facilities are available. It provides the following:
By the process of refraction, contact lens and low vision aid examination and evaluation are provided. Also facilities like ocular prosthesis, first aid, ocular emergency, preventive and primary eye care, and orthoptic care facilities are available. These services are provided by the Optometrist.
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3.Various types of optometry set-ups
There are various types of Optometry setups, including eye clinics, primary health centre, eye hospital, specialised services, training centre, and optical shop.
Optometry professionals are well-educated and trained in the field. They are expected to be caring and understanding and have a positive attitude with good on-the-job training and knowledge.
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5.Equipment used in optometry practice
These are various equipment used in an optometry practice, like a Chair unit, Snellen’s drum, Trial set, JCC, Red-green glasses, Ishihara colour vision book, Synaptophore, Prism bar, and RAF ruler.
The IPD ruler, Retinoscope, Ophthalmoscope, and the Slit lamp biomicroscope are also regularly utilised.
6.BASIC EYE DROPS USED IN OPTOMETRY CLINICS
These are various categories of eye drops used in these clinics, including Dilators, Miotics, Antibiotics, Fluorescein dye, Lubricant, Antihistamines, Eye ointment, Normal saline, Irrigating solution, Syringe, Needle 22G, Local anaesthetics and sterilisation, and Disinfectant solution.
7.Prepare a plan for the clinic
An ideal Optometry clinic should have a dark room with the facility to regulate illumination. It should also have a basic refraction unit, like the Chair unit, Trial set, Snellen drum, Trial frame, Retinoscope, Ophthalmoscope and other essential tools for subjective testing. The practice should also have facilities for the assessment of visual alignments, like Synaptophore and Prism bar. In addition to all this, it should have a slit lamp/torchlight to access an ocular disease. Lastly, a Tangent screen chart and Humphrey visual field can also help in the assessment of a visual field.
A long-term strategic plan is required before one embarks upon this herculean task. Competence and commitment are two key requirements to run a successful practice that offers high-quality services without any compromises.
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