Eye care professionals: Get ready for the boom!
The age range of today’s baby boomers is associated with two main visual events: onset of presbyopia and the development of cataracts. The implications for eye care providers are tremendous; the rapid increase in the number of people turning 60 each year will create a parallel increase in demand for all forms of eye surgery and care associated with aging. The eye care professionals will need to respond. Manufacturers are already doing their part by developing new products and procedures to help restore vision and minimize or eliminate presbyopia and cataracts. Tremendous resources are being channeled toward finding solutions for glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, and dry eye conditions.
Providers have a lot of work to do in preparation for this influx of patients that will occur during the next 5 to 15 years. In a nutshell, eye care practices need to:
- DO MORE WITH LESS (Become more efficient)
- DO RIGHT THINGS RIGHT (Become more effective)
- DO THINGS BETTER (Continuous improvement)
- DO THINGS AS A TEAM (Hire right, cross train, empower people)
(Adapted from Ka-BOOM, Here They Come: by Shareef Mahdavi; Cataract and Refractive Surgeon Today, Feb. 2005)