Eliminate Rx Errors, Plus
Lens calculating software offers multiple benefits
to the paperless practice.
a doctor with a growing computer vision care business, I've been very pleased with
the benefits to both my patients and my practice of PRIO's new lens calculating
software, Shazam! EZ. As a result, my practice has prescribed far more near variable
focus (NVF) lenses for our computer-using patients. In my opinion, this is the best
type of lens for their computer needs.
NVF lenses made easy
Before using the original Shazam! several years
ago, I was reluctant to prescribe NVF lenses due to difficulties in ordering and
fitting this new type of lens design. However, Shazam's formula, which is based
on the distance Rx and reading add, has taken the mystery out of prescribing them.
The lens calculator software actually recommends the optimal lens for the patient's
Rx and calculates the total near power to order from the lab. In most cases, this
is the NVF lens.
While NVF lenses offer a number of
user benefits e.g., very wide vision at the computer screen, less distortion,
more distance vision and wider reading area eye care professionals have been
slow in adopting their use. I believe this will change as more ECPs begin to see
the patient benefits of these lenses and familiarize themselves with PRIO's Shazam!
EZ makes near variable focus lenses easy to prescribe.
It's easy to determine which patients
can benefit from this tool. I give patients a pre-exam questionnaire, which includes
questions about computer use. If they tell me that they spend more than two hours
per day in front of a computer, I know they are candidates for NVF lenses and I
use the Shazam! EZ to calculate near power.
You'll see the benefits
I have found the Shazam! EZ to be particularly
user friendly. It has greatly streamlined the lens selection process for us. Best
of all, I have already seen an increase in the number of lenses our office dispenses
for our computer-using patients, which seems to be virtually everyone from age seven
to 70! In fact, in the last year alone, my second pair sales have gone up more than
Shazam! EZ also allows the user to send the patient's
prescription electronically, thereby eliminating the need to print out the patient's
information and send it to the lab. My office staff really likes the drop-down menu
as it eliminates the need to type in the prescription. This saves time, which is
a benefit to the entire staff.
Shazam! EZ offers a simplified viewing
screen with an easy-to-read format, and provides the base curve with the final calculation.
Additionally, it allows you to save the patient's records in the electronic file
or send them electronically to the lab for ordering. The Shazam! EZ is compatible
with Microsoft Windows '95 and above, as well as other platforms. It is available
for download from the company's Web site, prio.com.
Prepare for the future
While Shazam! EZ doesn't eliminate the need to
conduct question-and-answer sessions with patients regarding their computer vision
problem, the bottom line is that it can help improve communication between the office
and the lab. This benefits everyone by reducing errors, as well as paper use, in
Computer vision care is certainly here
to stay and products like Shazam! EZ are helping to streamline the adaptation process.
DR. LEE PRACTICES
AT THE EYECENTER OPTOMETRIC OF CITRUS HEIGHTS
Optometric Management, Issue: September 2005