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As burnout rates and doctor shortages rise, work-life balance issues affect everyone in medicine

We would not praise our patients for working long hours, sacrificing sleep, and prioritizing everything else over their own health. Yet that’s exactly what many doctors are doing—especially doctors who are also mothers.Read More

Patients want solutions, but eye care providers aren’t being proactive enough

Eye care professionals: are you missing opportunities to help people suffering from screen-related eye strain? Studies say yes. At Vision Expo West 2017, we learned about a new study that highlighted a gap in eye care. Most U.S. consumers are very concerned about eye strain related to the use of digital devices. However, eye care providers aren’t addressing the issue enough. Why not, and what can be done about it?Read More

Why being open about health care costs benefits patients – and your practice

The cost of health care is expected to rise by more than 85 percent over the next 20 years, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). And patients are bearing more of the burden: out-of-pocket health care costs rose 225 percent from 2006 to 2016 – three times faster than wage increases.Read More

From decor to niche services to technology, here’s how savvy eye care practices stand out

Fresh flowers, striped wallpaper, and elaborate window displays that rival the high-end boutiques of Rodeo Drive or Fifth Avenue is not what you’d expect to find when you visit an optometrist. And that’s exactly what Courtney Dryer, O.D., intended when she opened her private practice, 4 Eyes Optometry, in Charlotte, N.C. in 2013.Read More

The benefits to mentors, mentees, and medicine overall are clear and measurable

“Mentorship is the key ingredient for success in medicine,” wrote medical student Jackie Olive on KevinMD.com. Proponents of mentoring say that’s true not only for medical students and residents, but also for doctors at any stage of their careers. “I believe all physicians can benefit from having a mentor. Even mentors need mentors,” wrote Brian Harmych, M.D., on PhysiciansPractice.com.Read More