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4 reasons tech is superior to text

Most people in the U.S. have embraced mobile technology—and are using it to monitor and improve their health. About one in five Americans now wears a smartwatch or fitness tracker, according to Pew Research Center. Nine in 10 Americans ages 34 and under have a smartphone, and those age 50 and older are catching up, with 67 percent adopting the technology as of 2019.Read More

The only lens that can be customized after cataract surgery

Imagine not having to worry about patients’ complaints about refractive errors after cataract surgery. Imagine patients not having to wonder if they made the right decision between monovision or full distance correction. Well, this is now a reality as the “truly disruptive” technology of RxSight Light Adjustable Lens (LAL) will become commercially available in early 2020. It is the first and only lens that can be adjusted after cataract surgery. Read More

What patients want, and what tech is worth the investment

Are you still using Windows 7? By now you should know that Microsoft is sunsetting the operating system in January 2020 more than a decade after its initial release. The company has announced that technical assistance and software updates for Windows 7 will end on January 14, 2020. Read More

After EHRs and online scheduling, what are the next patient-focused technologies you should consider?

Why is it that you can now scan and pay for your groceries while you shop, schedule a massage online, and deposit a check via smartphone, but in many doctors’ offices patients are still handed a clipboard to fill out paper forms and a stack of dull pamphlets to read? Health care is notorious for being behind the times when it comes to technology. And yet, there are proven benefits to adopting the right tools and software, for your patients and your practice.Read More

Interactive tools can increase patient satisfaction and streamline your practice

Patients are more proactive than ever about researching their treatment options and partnering with their doctors to receive the best care possible. The concept of shared decision making (SDM) in health care has been around for a long time, and so has the practice of using patient decision aids (PDAs) such as educational literature, videos, and interactive tools. Yet it’s only fairly recently that their benefits have been studied. “More than 100 published, randomized trials using PDAs have shown many benefits,” according to the Health Affairs blog. Read More

It’s safe, more affordable than ever, and useful for numerous indications

If there is one compelling example of the value of ultrasound technology in eye care, it’s an experience I had this past year. I was conducting a retina workshop at the Review of Optometry New Technology and Treatments Conference. To demonstrate how to obtain an ultrasound image, I asked for a volunteer with a pathology or symptom that would warrant a potential B-scan.Read More