The Importance of Technology in Optometry

Every eye care specialist wants the best for their patients that’s why they strive to keep abreast with the latest innovations and advancements in technology. There are two different kinds of patients. One, those who feel perfectly fine but would want to have their eyesight tested and checked for preventive purposes, and two, those with existing visual problems who require treatment.

Although the effectiveness of the treatment relies largely on the accuracy of the diagnosis and the meticulousness of the treatment plan, optometrists will only be able to accurately diagnose and treat patients if they have the necessary tools and equipment.

Sure, it’s going to cost you money and dent your budget but if it means improving your service to your patients then it’s a good investment. When patients get better, they will share their positive experiences with other people and ultimately you’ll get more referrals. This expense will be good for your practice because you’ll be able to offer better services.

Why Is Technology Important?

Better and More Efficient Assessments

If you don’t invest in the latest technology, the equipment and machinery you’re using in your practice now may already be obsolete. It’s not about efficacy but more about accuracy. They may still be of use but they may not be as accurate and as fast as the latest innovations today. If your competitors are investing in these machines then so should you.

Keep in mind that technology is always evolving. In order for you not to get left behind, you have to hop on the bandwagon, which means you need to be financially ready whenever a new machine is manufactured. Digital solutions will enable optometrists to perform tests efficiently and quickly.

Modern optometry machinery allows eye care specialists to perform eye exams and produce lenses and other treatments twice as fast. When you take advantage of science, you’re upgrading the level of care you give your patients.

Improved Level of Care

The better the equipment, the better the care. The goal of every optometrist is to provide their patients with superior quality care but they won’t be able to do that if they lack the resources or if their machines and equipment need upgrading. With the latest machinery, they can detect and identify eye disease much faster, prescribe the proper lenses to improve vision and answer patients’ questions and reassure them about their condition with more confidence and clarity. When you’re equipment is up-to-date you’ll be more confident to help your patients achieve better vision and eye health.

Meet Your Patients’ Expectations

Today’s patients have done their research. Since they can access a wealth of information online they know what to expect and trust us, they expect nothing but the best from you. When you are using new technology, they would know it and they feel more confident under your care. Patients appreciate detailed and accurate results. They also want to hear more about their eye health and how to protect their eyesight.

Outshine Your Competitors

It’s a rat race out there. Everyone is trying to outshine the rest of the competition but you can’t do that if your clinic isn’t using the latest technology. You can only make your practice and your name stand out if you keep updating your equipment with the latest digital innovations.


The idea may seem intimidating especially if you’re still starting out but believe us when we say your practice needs to invest in the latest technological equipment. It’s going to hurt your budget for sure but eventually, more and more patients will appreciate the quality of care you are providing them with. And with that, word-of-mouth and referrals will boost your career.

Dr. Susan Sloan
Dr. Susan M Sloan is an Optometrist in Sarasota FL, who has been committed to providing professional, personal eye care to adult and children for over 30 years.

Dr. Susan Sloan

Dr. Susan M Sloan is an Optometrist in Sarasota FL, who has been committed to providing professional, personal eye care to adult and children for over 30 years.