Let Your Patients Know the Importance of Vision Care

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 24, 2016 9:16:45 AM

Which of the five senses do people worry about losing the most? Vision. When talking with your patients, it’s important to remind them about taking good care of their vision. Without vision, life becomes infinitely more challenging. In addition to the loss of independence, vision loss can also lead to:

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 16, 2016 9:00:00 AM

March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, which is a time to raise awareness about standard eye safety protocols, review training for employees that involves eye safety in the workplace and double check that Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements are being met by places of work. As an eye care provider, this is a good time to talk with your patients about keeping their eyes safe at work.

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Preparing for Patient Safety Awareness Week

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 14, 2016 10:40:24 AM

Patient Safety Awareness Week, a campaign of the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), is March 13-19, 2016.  The goal of the program is to increase awareness of patient safety among healthcare professionals and the general public.  What can your office do to support a safety-first experience?

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Provide Patients with Vision Literacy

Posted by Kate Ranta on Mar 10, 2016 9:00:00 AM

As an eye care provider you are very knowledgeable about diseases, diagnosis and treatments. It can be easy to forget, however, that your patients may never have even heard of the names of the eyes diseases before. To patients, the names may sound quite scary. Keep in mind the following tips for providing your patients with vision literacy so they are not confused or unnecessarily frightened by their diagnosis. Vision literacy is also important to make sure they fully understand their options.

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The Rise of DIY Dentistry: Three Horrifying Trends in Self Treatment

Posted by Candace McAfee on Mar 7, 2016 3:00:00 PM

As a dentist, you know your role in some people’s lives is the stuff of nightmares. Over a million Americans suffer from odontophobia, a fear of the dentist, and more than half avoid dental care because of it. In previous decades, people who had a fear of dental work or simply didn’t have access to care would resort to home remedies to curb their pain, such as using clove oil to soothe an achy tooth. Occasionally, people would attempt tooth extractions in extreme circumstances. These days, what was once a “case by case” issue has become a widespread phenomenon, largely due to the broad reach of the internet. Searching Google or YouTube for “DIY Dentist” yields literally thousands of articles, websites and videos all promising to help users “fix” their teeth without the aid of a dentist. The trend seems to have initially risen to popularity overseas in Great Britain, however more and more Americans are resorting to these risky methods. Here are three popular, but dangerous, DIY dentistry trends:

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Topics: trends, DIY Dentistry, do it yourself, fear of the dentist

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Hot New Dental Technology for 2016

Posted by Candace McAfee on Mar 5, 2016 12:06:00 PM

While new technology can be costly, there is no denying that its impact on patient retention is a positive. Whether a piece of tech saves you time, increases the comfort level of odontophobic patients or yields the best results compared to traditional methods, investing in some of the following devices and tools can lead to big business in the long run!

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Topics: dental technology, trends, 2016

OSHA Guidelines: Is Your Practice Safety Compliant?

Posted by Mariah Chitouras on Mar 2, 2016 9:30:00 AM

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OSHA is in the process of updating their guidelines. Here’s a quick overview of what’s on the table for improvements to keep your office safety compliant:

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Topics: Dental Information, OSHA, Safety

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