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Corporate OD Reopening Survey

58% are seeing 2 patients per hour
23% are seeing 1 patient per hour
17% are seeing 3 patients per hour
2% are seeing 4 or more per hour

Corporate Optometry surveyed 348 corporate optometrists to see how many patients they will see an hour as they reopen their practice. Generally corporate opticals are high volume locations. Corporate ODs were provided ppe supplies by there corporate partners. All the safety precautions and protocols have been reinstated to provide a safe environment for the ODs, staff and patients.

With these new changes, the number of patients being seen per hour has changed as well. Many ODs have reduced their days but extended their hours. Others have reduced hours per day and kept the number per days. In the chart above a 58% of Corporate ODs will see 2 patients per hour as they reopen their practices. Many feel that is a safe number to do an exam and have time to clean after each patient.

How are adjusting to the new norm in your practice?

Time to Close? 97% of Corporate ODs don’t have the resources to protect themselves against COVID-19.

Many Corporate ODs are working through the COVID-19 pandemic. Optometry offices are not considered essential services. Many state organizations have recommended optometrists to shut down their offices for 2 weeks. The CDC recommends no gatherings larger than 10+. With some offices seeing 4-6 patients an hour the office can exceed the CDC’s recommendation. Corporate OD lanes being small areas was a major concern for many ODs.

Many Corporate ODs voiced their concerns about working during the pandemic without the proper resources provided to them. Many ODs don’t have face masks, gloves and have low supplies of Lysol wipes. Corporate ODs were concerned about working in a retail environment where there are a lot of people entering the building to purchase food and other supplies.

97% of ODs don’t have the resources to protect themselves and avoid the spread of the virus.

As of 3/17/2020

Warby Parker was the first to come out and close all their stores and paying their staff including their ODs during this difficult period.

Luxottica announced changes in store hours to 12-6 in their Lenscafters locations and closed the LC Macys for 2 weeks. Some LC sublease owners have closed their locations.

For Eyes reduced store hours and sublease ODs were make a business decision if they were to close their books.

Costco optical will close of 30 days according to resources in the Corporate Optometry Facebook group.

Sams Club followed by closing for the next 2 weeks.

Stay Healthy, hopefully together we can get more store closures and resources to the stores that will stay open.

Update 3/23 For Eyes closed, VisionWorks closed, TLC closed National Vision closed and all paid their employed ODs. Shopko closed and Stanton Optical. If we missed your company please contact us at corporateoptometry@gmail.com

Health Tips for Corporate ODs working a lot of Hours.

In your race towards success, you end up neglecting your health, forgetting that it affects your performance in all aspects of your lives.

As working professionals, you need to be extra careful where your health is concerned. That’s because your brain needs fuel and energy just like the rest of your body. Any form of malnourishment can adversely impact your day to day performance.

Even if you are on a tough schedule, it will only take a couple of minutes of your time and conscious effort to start living a healthier lifestyle.

From physical exercise to being mindful of what you put in your body, here are some health tips that will get you on the right track in no time.

Don’t Lose Sleep It is important to get enough sleep because lack of sleep can cause many health problems like heart disease and diabetes, etc. It significantly slows down your cognitive processes making you inefficient at reasoning and problem solving. This can be really detrimental to your performance at work.

Make sure you are getting at least 6 hours of sleep every night. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and energized and this will help you do better at your job.

Find Healthier Alternatives

It may seem easier to reach for a cheeseburger at lunch, but after taking one look at the ingredients you’re about to ingest, you’ll realize that you’re not giving your body the right kind of carbohydrates.

Opt for simpler meals like grilled chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables over processed foods, your body will thank you. Have snacks at your office

Instead of drinking coffee at odd hours of the day, drink water. Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day is important for muscle stamina, digestion, and boosting your brain. Having a large water bottle can help you achieve your daily goal.

Exercise

Make room for exercise in your schedule. Walk during your lunch break. Take advantage of down time or a no show to get in some extra steps or to sit in your office and meditate. Exercise helps in regulating your energy levels and allows you to sleep better. It also reduces the risk of heart disease and alleviates the effect of stress hormones.

Just taking 15 minutes out to work out everyday can make a huge difference on both your mind and body.

Adjust your schedule

Make sure that you are able to adjust your schedule. Don’t miss out on lunch breaks. Having time in the day to recharge and continue to see a lot of patients is critical. This will also lead to less frustration in the work day and help with mental health. Make time at the end of the day to finish any charts that need to be completed, you don’t want to bring work home with you.

Take regular vacations and time off when feeling stressed out. Take advantage of the slower times of the year in optometry. Learn when to say “NO” in order to keep yourself on track for a healthy lifestyle.

Track Your Progress

One way to stay motivated about making healthy choices is to track your progress. When you start seeing noticeable changes, you will feel a lot better about yourself and make active efforts to stay healthy.

Tracking your progress will also make you feel accomplished once you reach your targets. As a result, you will be encouraged to reach personal and professional goals you’ve set for yourself.

Just spending a little bit of time on yourself everyday can produce amazing results within just few weeks. When you give your body what it needs, it repays in wondrous ways.

Your work requires consistency in terms of quality and expertise. If your health isn’t where it needs to be, then your work will be affected in the wrong run. Make smarter and healthier choices today for a better tomorrow.

Podcast

Podcast Across the border- with Stuti Misra in New Zealand

In this fun chat with Optom. Ukti Vora, Dr Stuti Misra discusses her journey from undergrad to doctoral degree to working in academia in New Zealand. Stuti aims to guide optometry students (based in India or elsewhere) interested in studying overseas, doing eye research or simply interested in practicing optometry on distant shores. With a constant intent of taking an unconventional path, Stuti describes how she ended up in Optometry let alone in the land of ‘Lord of the rings’ better known as ‘middle-earth’. She believes one doesn’t need to be clever or smart but primarily STUBBORN to undertake doctoral degree. Stuti also briefly mentions about her passion for research and interest areas of ocular surface diseases, dry eye and diabetes.’

For more information on practicing optometry in New Zealand or Australia, please visit www.ocanz.org

Contact Dr Stuti Misra via email s.misra@auckland.ac.nz OR Twitter @DrStutiMisra