PREMIUM PRACTICE TODAY: Enjoy a Slice of Premium Practice Pie


But first, define what it means in your practice.

The word premium is a term that shifts meaning in the blink of an eye. When used as an adjective, it means “of exceptional quality or greater value than others of its kind.” When premium modifies practice, it can mean any number of things, but the vast majority of cataract and refractive surgeons would probably say that describing their practice as premium would be accurate…


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One of these things is not like the others.

Since the dawn of refractive surgery, ophthalmic surgeons who depended at least partially on out-of-pocket payments had to establish fair yet competitive pricing and have a system in place to ensure timely compensation. As the business of performing elective ophthalmic surgery evolves, cataract and refractive surgeons can look to cosmetic surgeons, aesthetic dermatologists, maxillofacial surgeons, and others to learn how to flourish in the self-pay environment…


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PREMIUM PRACTICE TODAY: Lights, Camera, Action


When physicians are in the spotlight, the show must go on, but patients come first.

Every weekday afternoon, when television viewers tune in to the nationally syndicated program The Doctors, they get a virtual house call from specialists in a variety of fields. When ocular health is on the docket, Southern California cataract and refractive surgeons Jonathan Ramin Pirnazar, Brian Boxer Wachler, and Robert Maloney are among the ophthalmologists called on by the show’s producers…


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Follow these directions to find balance and avoid burnout.

Becoming a surgeon and developing a successful practice typically leave little time for exploring personal pursuits. The most successful cataract and refractive surgeons, however, soon find that all work and no play can lead to burnout and personal dissatisfaction…


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Decision Time

Decision TimeDo certain types of patients take longer than others to schedule LASIK surgery?

Refractive surgeons have long tried to understand why some patients delay their decision to have LASIK after their consultation. Reasons typically involve lingering fear, concern over cost, and/or waiting for a specific event to occur. We were curious to understand the impact of time on the decision process and if the delay in signing up for surgery is influenced by demographic or physiological patient characteristics…

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