Monday, June 28, 2010

Does new equipment impress you?

There are so many pieces of equipment these days in the eye care field. The Vision West Expo rents out hundred of booths to vendors. Many of these vendors are touting diagnostic equipment. The question I have is this: Does it impress you? I'm not talking about the doctors, any doctor who has purchased a piece of diagnostic equipment has felt impressed by what it can do. In some cases we get outright giddy over being able to see the retina with super detail or analyze a visual field in ninety seconds but I am sure that you, the patient just wants to know what it means to you and your vision.

But does it impress you? When you see a giant white machine that sounds like an aircraft carrier taking off does it make you think, "Wow, I this thing is so neat! My doctor has the greatest diagnostic equipment in the world. He can take care of my eyes because he took this picture of my eye?"

My thought is that in some cases the answer is yes. In other cases it depends on the doctor and how the instrument is explained. If it is done in your language, "What does this mean to me and my vision?" rather than too much focus on spectral domain and the nerve fiber layer then it can give a good impression.

So, let me know what you think. Does the equipment impress you or does it make us look like we are compensating for something else?

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