Myopia Management Journey - E6
Ready. Fire. Aim! This is the battle I think we all fight when we first start something new. To get good you have to get your hands dirty and that means jumping off the cliff and learning to fly on the way down. I have had a few consultations and I feel myself getting more comfortable and confident with each one. I signed my first patient up for myopia management and just hope to keep planting seeds with everyone else. I am in this for the long game, so I am planning the education and effort I am putting in now will pay off in a year or two.
That being said, every consultant who talks about myopia management will tell you, you have to give up some comprehensive exam slots to get your new clinic off the ground. It is incredibly hard to give up known revenue for a hope to fill a consultation. I am experiencing it first hand, but if you do not give it time, it will never grow.
I will tell you the ability to measure axial length (I just got my IOL master) has made my consultations and conversations with parents much more effective. Additionally, I measured my wife's eyes (she's a -6.50 OU) and a staff member’s (about a -9.50 OU) and they were 26.0mm and 26.17mm respectively. That was eye opening to see firsthand that prescription and axial length do not have a linear relationship. All the more reason to educate and monitor.
Next week, I will update you on how my dispensing appointment went for my myopia management patient. We are starting her out with Ortho-k retainers so stay tuned!
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