Do You Have Time to Be Present with Your Patients?

An essayist discusses the challenge of making more time for face-to-face interaction in a tech era.

Staying on top of your optometry practice’s details–whether filling out electronic records or tending to details related to insurance billing and credentialing–has a way of making you feel like you don’t have time to be present with your patients.

In the article “Be Present with Your Patients,” an essayist discusses how technology has caused many doctors to compromise the very thing they went into medicine: patient care. He writes about the struggle: “I find that I worry way too much about filling in the electronic boxes.

“I wonder if I am losing contact with my patients. After all, taking time to catch up with the goings-on in my patients’ lives is a really joyful part of what I do.”

What would happen if, as the doctor argues in this essay, optometrists took more time spending quality time with a patient instead of always filling out forms and checking off boxes? And what might this look like in your practice?

Read the fully essay here.