Big Data in Corporate Optometry

Big Data is a term used to describe huge data sets that may be used to reveal patterns through computational analysis. There is an abundant amount of health data that is now available to many corporate opticals. The data can come from multiple sources like vision care plans, labs, medical devices, recall systems, ehr systems, surveys, nps scores, foot traffic and customer purchases. That is just the tip of the iceberg! Whether it is structured data or unstructured, it is surveyed by business organizations to improve their decision-making process.

Big Data Applications in Corporate Optometry

Healthy Patients

Treating patients and keeping them healthy is always the top-most priority of healthcare providers. Through Big Data, they can keep track of patients’ physical activity and receive reports on particular issues related to their health. There are contact lenses out there at can monitor inter-ocular pressures and blood sugar. Even though there still needs more research, if practitioners had this data it could really revolutionize patient outcomes. The information about the number of glaucoma suspects or diabetics can be valuable to insurance companies, contact lens companies and corporate opticals as this information can guide them to certain patient populations and expand the business for new products to sell in their opticals.

Expansion of Services

Various applications use Big Data to collect information and then use that data to advise individuals on their medical conditions and optical needs. Many times some applications that are used within the organization can also be used to marketing purposes. Based on the input to the application, patients are notified that new products, services and sale of products. Many managed care plans have the patient data from the eyeglass rx to the contact lens. Patients can be notified of more affordable convenient products through their online stores and brick and mortar locations. They are able to take the data from the managed care plans and strategically open locations and compete with other offices based on the information that they have from their labs and data of diagnoses. They could use the data of patient diagnosis to enhance their practices with technology to attract and retain those patients. The data can be also for routine eye exams to encourage those patients to seek telemedicine services. We recently saw VSP looking to acquire Visionworks. There is a lot of data that these two entities can share to grow the business. VSP Ventures is open new locations as well. They have the data to know where certain areas are under served, over priced or even over saturated in competition.

Reduction of Remakes

Prescriptions errors are a major cost to many corporate opticals. If a corporate optical had information to reduce to detect an issue than it would save costs. Many times there are technologies in place and education for staff members to reduce that. The tool uses Big Data to detect errors before they occur.

Cost Reduction

Through Big Data, a patient can order a different style frame with the same measurements with reduced cost of a brick and mortar location. If a company as access to data of typical Rxs and average pds than it will be easier to design a lens or frame that the average population might have. Being able to take that data and create products direct to consumers is very appealing to corporate opticals. The guesswork is eliminated and so is the cost involved in them. Many corporate opticals have their own online stores to appeal to the online consumer.

Challenges in Implementing Big Data in Healthcare

Assembling the Data

The data that is needed to implement Big Data in corporate optometry is not always present in one place. Mostly it comes from numerous sources. A big load of information is to be gathered and verified. How the data is interpreted has many variables.

Policies and Procedures

After the data has been verified and validated, policies and procedures are to be followed. This becomes a complex task as the HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) needs to be taken into consideration. National standards have been established by the HIPAA to safeguard medical information of individuals.

Management Issues

To implement Big Data in corporate optometry, everyone needs to be informed. It is extremely difficult to manage such sensitive and confidential information.

The Bright Future for Big Data in Healthcare

The technology of Big Data is being used by a wide range of sectors but healthcare is a domain where it can bring a huge difference in. Although Big Data in healthcare is still in its developmental stages, health outcomes and controlling costs are believed to be improved by using this amazing technology. With healthcare Big Data it can be possible to keep track of a large amount of data and easily convert it to get productive insights.

GROWING YOUR SUBLEASE OD PRACTICE WITH OCULAR TELEHEALTH

Ocular telehealth—providing on-demand comprehensive eye exams using remote digital connections— is a new concept in corporate optometry. The rapid development of new technologies is creating opportunities for sublease doctors–and providing greater access and better outcomes for patients.

Among the different flavors of ocular telehealth is a model that includes a B2B in-store/practice comprehensive eye exam. The exam begins when an on-site optical assistant collects the patient’s medical and ocular history and performs objective pre-testing and a series of eye health tests such as ocular alignment and motility, [pupil function, color vision, and visual field testing to measure peripheral vision. Following those tests, a remote certified technician subjectively refracts the patient via live video. The resulting exam data and images are then securely forwarded to a remote licensed optometrist for clinical evaluation and the results are discussed with the patient via live video.

Because this new model leverages advances in technology to provide comprehensive testing— and it relies on a licensed eyecare provider—the standard of care is equivalent to that of an in- person exam. In fact, in some ways, the standard of care is enhanced through the use of new technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) that make it possible to enhance retinal images to allow for early detection of eye diseases like diabetic retinopathy.

“AI is a very big thing,” says Chad Overman, OD, clinical advisor for 20/20NOW and former director of professional relations for Walmart Vision Centers. “ AI enhances retinal images in never-before-possible ways to increase the sensitivity and efficacy of exams, and enables eyecare providers to diagnose ocular medical conditions with greater confidence.” The 20/20NOW platform implements EyelogicTM, the company’s AI technology designed to assist doctors in diagnosing diabetic retinopathy in its early stages.

4 WAYS TELEHEALTH CAN GROW YOUR BUSINESS

For eyecare providers that sublease space at optical retail locations , ocular telehealth provides unique opportunities to expand their practice. Here are four important ways it can open the door to additional patients and provide better productivity:

1. OPEN NEW SUBLEASE LOCATIONS. Eyecare providers are always seeking ways to

increase their revenue. Telehealth makes it possible to support adding a new sublease location without the need to staff it with a full-time doctor on-site. By using telehealth, patients in your satellite location can be seen remotely, by either yourself or a 20/20NOW doctor. So, you’re able to conduct exams at more than one location, thus increasing your productivity while expanding your practice’s reach.

2. INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AT YOUR CURRENT LOCATION. Telehealth can help you

increase productivity and patient volume at your existing location. By adopting a telehealth model, you can open a second exam lane without the cost of adding a second in-person doctor at your location, and/or expand your hours of operations. Because telehealth exams are provided on demand you’ll always have a second doctor available to support overflow and walk-in patients.

3. SERVE PATIENTS WHILE YOU’RE AWAY. Telehealth makes it possible for you to serve patients while you’re away from the office. 20/20NOW’s doctor can provide exam services to patients while you’re on vacation or attending a CE training program—even on weekends or evenings when you’re not physically there.

4. SERVE PATIENTS BETTER. By taking over some of the more time-consuming, routine components of eye exams, telehealth can free you up to do what you really want to do—spend more time with patients and address their medical needs. You’ll serve more patients in a shorter amount of time, while increasing care quality and patient satisfaction.

Telehealth promises to continue to serve as a powerful platform for providing comprehensive eye health exams and for building patient volume and revenues at corporate sublease practices. “Optical telehealth solutions like 20/20NOW are truly the future of optical retail,” says Dr. Overman. “For ODs operating from corporate sublease locations, it will be a great way to increase revenues and lower costs. More important, it will improve quality of care and patient outcomes.”

The Growth Potential of a Sublease in Corporate Optometry.

Corporate Opticals and Optometrists can have a mutually successful business, with each party focusing on their strengths. Optometrists tend to give priority to the needs of our patients forgetting that we are a business that needs to be profitable as well. To make sure that our practice remains successful some ODs have partnered with corporate opticals.

Optometrist enjoy is diagnosing, treating and serving their patients, but running a business is in some ways is something completely different. Opportunities need to be recognized and captured while managing risks along the way. Corporate optometry can be a great way to practice the way you want and have your own business with minimal risk practicing next to a corporate optical.

Optometry is still divided and many ODs underestimate the potential of a successful business and career in corporate optometry. Usually, some private practices have a heavy flow of cash but they lack effective management. Corporate opticals understand that there is a possible opportunity there but with a small manageable risk factor. Optometrists can capture the same opportunities that opticals recognize and benefit from. All we need to do is, think outside the box, and apply business strategies, like a CEO. Everyone has the potential to unleash the CEO from within.

We need to change our perspective in the following ways:

Prepare a Business Plan

Just as a you would set up a business plan for a private practice, write up a business plan for the corporate location. Have the regional manager and store manager provide you with information on the business metrics to help you set up your plan. Construct a plan for a few years to build and grow the business.

Value Growth

Optometrists sometimes overestimate their corporate practices. The wiliness of the number of ODs to take over your sublease defines its value. We need to build value in our practice by spotting growth opportunities. Corporate opticals see that they can expand with strong management, overall services, budget control, objectives, and vision. Having that partner will help grow your value in your sublease as well has expanding to the medical model.

Seek Potential

Corporate opticals expand rapidly in urban and rural areas. In over saturated areas patients get divided and there is a huge risk of your practice to fail. Partnering with the right corporate optical that has a unique value proposition, your sublease can be very successful even in the most competitive areas. Rural areas and places where there are underprivileged people need more medical attention can be a lucrative business for an OD with minimal rent and less competition.

Look at the Bigger Picture

Optometrists shouldn’t miss opportunities in corporate optometry because of what they hear. Think bigger. Many corporate opticals have a diverse portfolio and have different brands, unique products, services and insurance plans to attract and retain patients. A sublease owner can be comfortable that in competitive markets that these factors with help keep their sublease successful as well.

In conclusion, corporate optometry can provide great benefits to an optometrist that would like to go down the path of a practice owner but not have all the risks that a private practice does.

What to do when you see your Sublease posted on a Job Website.

You are surfing on the internet casually and suddenly you come across job position that sounds very similar to your sublease location. You read the job description and state and to your dismay, you find out that it’s not only similar to your job but exactly the one you have right now. The posting is from your own organization! You might start wondering if your lease will be terminated and what your exit plan might be. You might enter into panic mode. But don’t do that just yet.

Read the following tips to consider if you see your sublease posted online:

Panicking Is Not the Way to Go

If your sublease is one of a kind, then it’s a different scenario but if that’s not the case, you don’t need to panic just yet. Sometimes, companies do not intend to replace an existing sublease holder. They just have reached enough capacity where they would like to open another location in the area or add additional ODs to one location. It’s definitely important to deal with the issue but panicking is not the appropriate solution. Talk to other ODs and have a conversation with corporate optical. Sometimes there is no communication between different departments and it is an error.

Collect All the Facts and Figures

There are some scenarios to consider before you stress out:

Is your corporate optical expanding to new locations or a well-established organization? If it’s a large company, then they are probably always looking to capture as many leads as possible in case an OD decides to terminate their lease. Sometimes it takes a corporate optical over 60 days to find someone to take over a sublease.

If you’ve recently taken over the sublease, it is highly possible that the job advertisement hasn’t been removed yet. Make sure that that’s not the case. Seeking clarification from the management can help you. It is an investment of time and energy to start and run a successful sublease.

Give Your Best Self to that Location. Your patients deserve it!

Don’t give management an excuse to terminate your lease. Give your 100 percent to your patients. If you take care of your patients, patients will be loyal and follow you. Work harder than usual to build your sublease. Building your sublease is more than income, it is personal branding, trust in the community and a loyalty where they will follow you where ever you go.

Have an Exit Strategy

Lastly, always have an exit strategy from day one. Whether a location is ideal you want to prepare for the worst if there is a decision to sell a brand, close a store or if management changes. You need to be prepared in case things go south. Make sure that you update your resume and LinkedIn profile. Identify the potential companies you’re interested in and apply for as many jobs as you can. Contact other Corporate ODs to merge practices or private ODs that you can rent space from.

The situation can be daunting but try to be positive. With the tips above, ease the transition process into your next adventure!

Thinking Outside the Box in Optometry

Who hasn’t heard the phrase, and at least once been told at some point in their life or another to ‘think outside the box.’

And if you are an optometrist, it is highly likely that you complain a lot about how tough your field is, how hard it is to handle the business of vision and eye care, how many patients you have to see, etc.

Whether you are a new OD, or someone who has been practicing eye care for a long time, you are likely to have felt bored or stressed with your work recently.

Read on to find out how you can ease your task and create opportunities for yourself in the field of optometry, and why those glasses belong well beyond their glass box.

What is your box?

Find out what bothers you most about your work. Obviously, no one can be the best at everything. Find inspiration to think creatively.

Self-reflect and evaluate yourself to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses. And if you need help with that, certain assessment tools can you help you.

Evaluate other health care industries

Evaluate what other health care professionals are doing. We all face the same dilemmas as health care professionals. Understand how dental has dealt with Medicare and dental plans. Learn how other professionals dealt with increase competition, increase costs and changing industries. Use that knowledge to do something differently in optometry.

Redefine your box

Once you are self-aware of what you have and what you lack, take the required steps to help you shine. Flex your brain muscle to think creative ways it usually does not. Some people can have the best ideas in the morning over coffee while others are later at night when the day is done. Figure out when is the best time to tackle your box.  All your ideas don’t have to be the best but writing done many ideas can help lead to the best innovate idea.

If you are an OD and dislike working in on setting, perhaps consider a different setting in optometry? Or if you dislike your current responsibilities but overall like the field nonetheless, perhaps you need to reconsider your role.

In optometry, you can be an employee, an associate OD, a leaseholder, a contractor, or even a franchise holder depending on your goals and preferences.

Ask questions on how you can do things differently to “redefine your box”. Different perspectives can produce different outcomes. The eye care industry is a growing industry seeing the opportunities that others don’t can differentiate yourself from others.

If it’s your business you worry about, perhaps you need to increase your outreach. Ensure proper and appropriate marketing to build a customer base. Find ways to develop trust and loyalty with your patients so that your service speaks for itself.

If you are a new OD and it’s your limited skills that seem to be bothering you, then you should enroll in specialization courses or pursue further studies. Increasing your knowledge is always the best way to widen your horizons and discover not just the world around you, but also your own self.

And if you are an old practitioner, you should still delve deep into learning about the latest trends and technology and treatment methodologies in eye care. This will keep you up to date with the fast changing today’s world.

So, just clear up your mind, and with a bit of practice and the right attitude, you can think outside the box (or look beyond the lenses; whichever works best), to excel your career in optometry.

Top Rules of Effective Personal Branding for ODs

The eye care industry is characterized by ever-increasing competition coupled with patients’ uncertainty about whom to consider for the treatment, where to buy their eye wear and contact lenses. It has become essential for eye care doctors to focus on building a personal brand to be able to differentiate themselves.

Here are the top rules for effective personal branding for optometrists.

1. Have 20/20 Vision

Clarity and focus are important when it comes to creating a personal brand for optometrists. Optometry is a diverse field that branches out into different areas of specialization. It might have sufficed in old times to just verbally say that you were an eye doctor, but today, thanks to the internet, patients can quickly gather a lot of information regarding any eye issues and eye wear. Rather than being just an optometrist, be more specific about what you do so that people are sure that you are the right person to consult for their issues. Know how patients view you online and in your office and make sure it is how you want to be viewed.

2. Tell, Don’t Sell

If you aren’t using the power of stories to create a personal brand for ODs, then you are already lagging behind.

Storytelling has been used since long to deliver meaningful messages that influence the patient’s mind and affect their decision-making process. To build a personal brand, narrate a story about your patients, i.e., your patients who benefited from your services in the past. This will have a lasting effect on prospective patients and encourage them to consider your brand to solve their eye care needs

3. Be Consistent but Stay Up-to-Date

Whether you have switched jobs from in corporate optometry to running a private practice or specialized in different areas, ensure that your objective remains the same throughout. However, keeping up to pace with the fast technological advancements in the industry is necessary. Show that you are up to date on the latestest trends on eye care or what you want to promote in your office. Be it sharing pictures of the modern equipment in your clinic or publishing articles in optometry journals.

4. Support Your Own Brand

Whatever message or values you impart on your target audience, show them that you follow the same in your daily life as well.

For instance, you can share a picture of treating a family member, a friend or any relative who benefited from your services. Not only will this help your patients relate to you on a closer, more friendly level, but also build their confidence in trusting your brand for their own eye problems.

5. Be Yourself

Last but not least, be your true self.

Focusing too hard on personal branding often leads to opposite results. Be genuine and authentic and center your attention on what you do and why you do it. After all, doing what you do best is the ultimate way to create a great personal brand that people will love and be proud to endorse. Be YOU!

Personal branding is a lifelong venture that requires sincere commitment and dedication to your work as well as having a firm belief in yourself. These tips on personal branding for optometrists will help you get started in the right direction so that you develop a practice that is well known by everyone.

How to Target the Most wanted Subleases In Corporate Optometry

How to target the most wanted Subleases in Corporate Optometry.

You know you want to work in a corporate optical which aligns with your goals and will allow you to excel in your career.  You want to have the best most profit sublease. How can you determine which are the best? Word of mouth? The Corporate Optometry FB group?

Here is the simple solution you need to find the right fit: target the most wanted subleases in corporate optometry.

This, however, is not as straightforward as it sounds. Targeting companies requires more than just searching for the top-performing companies. Many ODs look for a sublease with Warby Parker or  Costco . 

Follow the easy guide below to learn the proper way to target the most wanted corporate optometry subleases.

1. List your targets

You can use a variety of different ways to research corporate optometry subleases.

Use various channels of communication, such as asking your colleagues and using the Facebook group Corporate Optometry. Inquire which sublease they think is the most in demand and the reasons why they think so. This allows you to personalize your search and get your queries answered directly.

Also, try to meet people who work for a company that interests you. Find out what they think of the place and if it’s the right place for a fresh OD to start their practice or for a contractor to sublease it.

You should build your contacts through a social media platform, especially by being active on avenues where professionals from the field of optometry interact and discuss workplace matters.

2. Know your targets

Once you have listed the most wanted subleases in corporate optometry, the next step is to learn more about them.

Explore important information, such as: what does the target company value the most? What are the factors that make it better or worse than other companies? Are there any issues that your target company is facing at the moment, and if yes, how can you help them solve it?

Reach out to regional managers and recruiters on Linkedin and let them know you are interested in a potential sublease. Let them know you are more than qualified to handle a busy practice and have a business plan ready to illustrate what your plans are.

3. Meet your targets

After you are done looking into your targets, the next step is to find out if your target company is willing to offer you a sublease

Check out each target company’s website, their reviews and overall performance indicators. You can also directly correspond with them via email or schedule a face-to-face meeting.

By applying these three steps to your search for the best corporate optometry sublease, you can make yourself visible and appear brighter to these firms. So, whenever they are hiring or looking to sublease, they know whom to contact.

The sooner you start targeting, the more likely you are to hit the target just right.

What Millennial ODs Want In Corporate Optometry

Millennials will be the generation that will choose corporate optometry as their first career option.   It is the most diverse generation with the greatest passion to continuously learn, improve and work towards a better tomorrow. The mindset and perspective of today’s young generation are far different than what has been prevalent traditionally in optometry.

So, what is it that the millennials expect from a job and workplace in corporate optometry?

Whether you are looking to hire young ODs for your optometry business or searching for ways to make your practice more alluring for potential employees, here’s what you need to know. Read on to find out what millennial ODs want in the workplace.

1. They see financial aspects first

Just like the baby boomers, millennials also consider salary and other monetary benefits first when looking for a job.

Needless to say, the overall job package, which includes the salary, health insurance, gratuity income, retirement investment and any other bonuses or remunerations being offered by the company play a very significant role.

So, make sure you offer the right candidates a good plan. Consider it as a long-term investment for your business because when you offer a great package that encourages ODs to work, not only will they put in their best efforts, but your business will grow too.

Corporate Optometry offers great value for employment for Millennial ODs.

2. Where does the path lead?

Millennials are career-oriented and aren’t afraid to change tracks if they see a better path.

When they are looking for a job, it’s important to give the candidate an idea of the future growth and promotions they might expect. Inform them of the opportunities that can arise if they work for you. Millennials are willing to switch jobs more often. Corporate Opticals have various brands and this allows millennial ODs to switch to different brands and models in corporate optometry.

3. Workplace location

As much as a bright horizon is important, another factor that plays a very significant part in what millennial ODs want from the workplace is the location. How far away they will have to travel and the commutation times to and from the workplace is also a deciding factor.Since it is obviously absurd to say that you should find a location that is accessible to all, what you can do is the next best thing possible.Offer the employees a more flexible work schedule.You can change their shift timings so that they are able to avoid traffic jams at typical office hours or schedule appointments for only a few specific days per week. Moreover, if you have franchises or different branches, you can let employees choose the place that is more feasible for them.

Many corporate opticals are in areas that many millennial ODs would want to live in. The ability to work 30 hours as an employee and have full time benefits is very alluring. Part time sublease options that are close to home that generate above average income is another reason that millenials will choose corporate optometry as an ownership option.

4. Company culture

Most millennials love to socialize. So make sure your work environment is professional but cordial and friendly at the same time.

Offer them a place where they can be who they are and young ODs will put forth their best work and efforts. Being part of a ” work family” is very important for millennials. Corporate Opitcals have their own networking events, millennials feel part of something bigger and would be proud to be affiliated if the company culture is pro optometry.

Ignore the Negatives That You Hear about Corporate Optometry: Think Bigger

Ignoring the Negatives of what you hear in Corporate Optometry. Think bigger to what a career in corporate optometry can bring.

Not all corporate optometry companies or even brands within a company are the same. Find the right fit for you whether it is employed, part time, fill in, sublease, franchises , or even  selling to a private equity.

“Every obstacle is an opportunity waiting to reveal itself.”

Ask any ‘bright-eyed’ optometry student in their final year where they will want to work after graduating, nearly all of them will say anywhere but corporate practice. If you are even slightly familiar with the field, you will be well aware of how ‘corporate optometry’ is quite a notorious field. It suffers from a bad reputation in not just optometry schools, but well beyond.

‘There are too many patients’

‘Work hours are endless. There are no holidays in the job’

‘It doesn’t pay you well’

‘This isn’t full scope optometry’ and so on.

These are just a few of the many reasons you might hear from several  ODs against corporate optometry, and why they become a hindrance for those pursuing it.

Although some of these are true while some exaggerated and some even false, no matter what the case, it is also true that obstacles do not block your path, they are your path.

So, if you are a soon-to-be OD, here are a few tips on how you can turn the ‘obstacles’ of perception in corporate optometry, into opportunities.

Change your perception of obstacles

What you believe now to be ‘problems’ might not necessarily be so. It is simply absurd to be so prejudiced against the field that you don’t even consider it once.

Long work hours, low reimbursement plans, routine care or whatever other factor proves problematic for someone may not apply to you. Several ODs who have been working in this field are not working because of lack of other options. They love what they do. Who knows you might end up loving it too?

Focus on your strengths, not weaknesses

No matter how skilled you may consider yourself, the truth is, we all have the same degrees and many corporate opticals practice full scope optometry. Corporate optometry has a lot of foot traffic. Seeing a diverse patient base can strengthen your clinical skills.

Focus on your determination to learn and become better than who you were yesterday and develop your skills meanwhile. Corporate optometry jobs are everywhere, be it Walmart, Costco, VisionWorks, etc., so taking a sublease or even doing fill in work  will help you to continue to learn and expand your horizons.

As for those who say corporate optometry doesn’t allow you to widen your talent, it’s not really true. Corporate optometry allows you to be anything that you want. You can be an employee, a leaseholder or a franchise, a contractor or even an associate OD, depending on your goals. Moreover, if that’s not enough, you can privately pursue specialization in whichever area you are interested in.

Think bigger

Whatever you might be thinking, think bigger.

Many people consider medical professions because of the nobility that comes with the territory – the drive to serve humanity. So, being an optometrist is no exception either, especially a Corporate OD!

Even if you want to be a self-employed instead, you can consider starting off in corporate optometry too. It pays you well and is sure to give you experience and lessons that will prove beneficial to you in the future. This is because being a corporate OD allows you to interact with a diverse group of patients and learn the business aspects of optometry. Thus, you see and treat many different ocular problems and ultimately, learn learn a lot from the optical side of the business.

So, the truth about corporate optometry is that opportunities are everywhere! Obstacles seem to appear when you take your focus off your goals. So clean those spectacles and meet the so-called challenges head-on.

The path will become clear as crystal too. Just the clarity every OD wants!

Signs Your Body Gives You When You have Optometry Burnout

Optometry is a promising field, but like all other professions, it comes with its own challenges and difficulties.

Holding down a job in optometry is not an easy task. You have to meet many requirements, fulfill a certain criteria, serve a large number of patients, work continuously for long hours as well as work alongside people you may not necessarily like. Also, when it comes to optometry,

many people are doing jobs that they perhaps didn’t even want to do in the first place but are doing so because of a lack of options or other similar reason. Thus, burnout in optometry is not a new phenomenon, but despite being so common, many optometrists are unable to identify whether they are experiencing burnout or just temporary tiredness.

Doing something that you are not satisfied with for a long period of time is not only emotionally exhausting, but it can also affect you mentally as well as physically. Take a look at the following signs of optometrist burnout so that you can take the required action before it becomes too late.

You Feel Extremely Exhausted

Continuing to work at a job that stresses you out will lead to chronic fatigue. This means that whether you get 8 hours of sleep or not, your exhaustion won’t go away. You might think that the upcoming weekend or a short break from work will refresh and re-energize you but that ‘next’ break just doesn’t arrive. Weariness becomes your ally and you are likely to fell drained out and lethargic most of the time.

Headaches Become Frequent

Do you think it’s that late night Sunday party that’s causing you that headache? Or that the back pain you are feeling is because you have to sit at a desk from 9 to 5?

If you experience headaches, shoulder pain, back pain or any other pain frequently without doing any rigorous exercises or other physically exhaustive tasks, then it’s your body’s way of saying that you are experiencing burnout in optometry. This is because extreme stress decreases the production of dopamine and keeps your muscles tightened which ultimately leads to physical pain.

You Turn Insomniac

Sleepless nights or having trouble falling asleep even when you feel very tired is one of the most prominent signs of burnout. This can happen due to various reasons. For instance, if your job is too demanding, then you might be fearful of falling short and not being able to complete the required tasks on time. Or if you wanted to be a full-time OD but are instead stuck in a minor role in corporate optometry then, needless to say, feeling a lack of accomplishment will keep you up at night.

Other Signs

Apart from these, common signs of burnout include stomach aches as well as nausea, vomiting or even diarrhea in extreme cases. Moreover, excessive stress can lower your immunity, making you more susceptible to common cold, flu, and other common viruses.

Burnout in healthcare workers is a serious issue. So, if you are experiencing burnout in optometry, make sure to take a step back, evaluate, prioritize or re-prioritize things and take action if it’s time to consider a new job.