Ophthalmic opticians and optometrists need to ensure they stay fully trained in the latest advances of technology within their field. Equipping an optical practice with modern equipment will ensure optometrists consistently provide their patients with the best care and an efficient service. Detailed examinations of your eyes can not only reveal problems with vision, signs of injury, and ocular diseases, it can also reveal high blood pressure or diabetes. Due to the varying issues that can be spotted by an optometrist, patients are becoming increasingly particular when choosing their eye specialist. In addition to spotting health problems, optometrists will be able to offer advice, and when necessary prescribe spectacles or contact lenses. If prescribed a pair of spectacles, it is not a necessity to choose a pair that come from the opticians you are registered at. In addition to this, glasses frames can be purchased online, with opticians putting the correct lens strength in at a later date. Most opticians are based inside town centres, and will usually take on new patients, without requiring too much information.
Ophthalmic medical practitioners (OMPs)
It is estimated that there is around 398 registered ophthalmic medical practitioners in the UK. OMP’s undertake NHS sight tests under the General Ophthalmic Services contract.
Ophthalmologists specialise in eye disease, along with treatment and surgery, and work in hospitals and specialist eye departments.
Orthoptists are concerned problems that relate to eye movements, and the inability to move the eyes together. Orthoptists generally work with ophthalmologists in hospitals and in the community.
How to Fund an Optical Practice
Many opticians make use of specialist loans such as loans for opticians to fund their equipment. It is highly advisable for businesses that specialise in a specific area (such as eye health) to consult financial advisors that work directly in their field, before settling on a loan arrangement. Practices can be funded in a variety of ways, and equipment is commonly obtained by use of lease or hire purchase agreements. By making use of leasing or hire purchase, a company not only avoids the substantial initial outlay that can often be incurred, but also avoids the associated risks of owning the purchase. Once equipment is purchased, the owner is often left with the item for as long as its lifetime; without disposing of original equipment first, business owners may find upgrading quickly difficult, as space isn’t always readily available. Business loans can often offer a better rate than personal loans, but financial advice should always be sought before investing in to a company.