There is an effect of generation on the eye care industry that is changing expectations from optometry clinics. Millennials and optometrists have an important correlation since there are steady changes happening in technology, practice management, work-life balance, and patient care already.
What Does Optometry Look Like Right Now?
. The eye care industry is predominantly made up of older ODs.They will most likely hand over the current model of eye care to the millennials in due time, which can result in a lot of changes. We are already seeing the changes now since millennials make up the biggest chunk of the population.
The Trend of Current Eye Care
Millennials are predisposed to newer models due to the need for economic reality and attractive flexibility. Since millennials don’t have huge capital possibilities, high debt, and access to office space, the service model is often chosen to allow the expansion of the practice.
Millennials are part of the digital generation, where technology is prioritized for every industry. They also wired to expect high efficiency and productivity, which service-based models can offer too. They also use technology to build relationships with patients. Optometry has also become involved in connecting with the community. Hence, the service-based model is constantly pushed towards innovation and digital spaces.
The Future of Digital Service-Based Organization
Modern eye care groups and offices are turning towards digital space to increase efficiency. This can include looking into software for billing, appointments, and booking – things like cloud access and digital imaging for records and patient data. Service-based organizations are being expanded to digital spaces for greater accessibility.
Many younger ODs are more adaptive to telemedicine and AI. This adaption will help propel the industry and provide better care for many patients.
The millennial ODs are more focused on the medical model of optometry and looking to practice the full scope of their license.
The willingness millennials have to turn towards the cloud is great in the millennial general. Millennials and optometry involve incorporating IT setups, hardware, and software. It can mean more training as well as costs from tech glitches. If an eye care clinic has different office locations, it can mean the use of multiple IT systems, which can lead to expenditure cost.
Millennials are turning the trend to service-based models towards incorporating the right sort of technology into the right spaces. A model that needs HIPAA compliance and has a fully-managed and secure structure. It also gives room to eye care clinics to be more transparent with their customers. Through seamless integration, there is increased accountability of the eye care clinics too. With more eye care clinics, you can still have the same procedures and implement a similar structure with the help of technology.
Corporate Optometry: First choice for Younger ODS
Corporate optometry has become a first career choice for many millennial ODs. We have seen a dramatic shift into this sector of optometry. We will see more in the next 10 years as corporate opticals expand. We are estimating that many younger ODs will like the employment model in the corporate setting.
Millennial optometrists have changed how the industry performs and works with its patients and workforce. This can be quite a positive change in terms of relationships, efficiency, and ability to expand.