COVID-19 Prevention Tip for Your Vision Care Practice: Consider Digital Systems Safer for Social Distancing

by | Wednesday, June 3, 2020 | 0 comment(s)

As the number of new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continues to rise in the United States, social distancing has become the new way of life for many of us.

The term, which now holds a place in our everyday vocabulary, refers to the practice of staying at least six feet apart from others and avoiding large gatherings and crowded places in an effort to help prevent the spread of infection.

In your vision care practice, you have no doubt implemented social distancing protocols to safeguard your patients and staff. These protocols may include reducing the number of patients you see to minimize the chance of exposure, limiting points of entry to your office, and keeping the waiting room as empty as possible.

But how do you practice safe distancing when performing refractions?

If you're still using an outdated manual phoropter, you can't.

The manual controls on your older equipment require your hands to operate the lens banks at an arm's length distance, which does not comply with the "at least six feet" recommendation suggested by leading health authorities. That means it's impossible to practice safe distancing using outdated refraction technology.

Digital refraction systems, on the other hand, naturally abide by the six-foot rule and allow you to conduct refractions safely without putting your health or the health of your patients at risk.

Make the switch to digital to safeguard your patients, your staff, and yourself.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted business owners across all industries, including ophthalmology and optometry, to rethink their everyday procedures. As a result, digital refraction has emerged as a safer alternative for performing necessary eye exam tests.

And, not only is going digital safer for social distancing, but upgrading to digital technology also lets you enhance the overall efficiency of your practice.

Doctors report seeing up to five more patients per room per day after adding a Veatch Digital Refraction Suite to their practice, which will be extremely beneficial once your practice is up and running again at full capacity.

Digital systems also enhance the image of your practice, bring in more referrals, combat reductions in reimbursements, and help prevent common back, neck, and shoulder pain associated with repetitive movement.

Trade in your our old equipment now and get a special deal from Veatch.

As vision care practitioners continue to make important changes to comply with social distancing mandates, Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments is doing our part to support safe distancing with a very special offer.

Right now, when you trade in your existing manual refractor and upgrade to a Potec PDR-7000 Digital Refractor package, you will receive the full value of a brand new Reichert Ultramatic Phoroptor—an incredible $5,080.00 value. Click here for details.

Veatch remains committed to our practitioners during these uncertain times.

In addition to providing cutting-edge digital equipment at affordable prices for every practice, Veatch has the supplies you need to stay safe and protect your staff and patients as we adapt to the new normal of keeping our distance.

Our comprehensive selection of ophthalmic supplies includes disposable tonometer tips and oversized tonometer and pupilometer breath shields to help prevent infection, and we will continue to stock the essentials you need to maintain a safe and successful practice.

Visit the Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments blog for more information about COVID-19 best practices for vision care specialists.

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