Best Days to Practice Optometry

Since starting my practice inside a Wal-Mart Vision Center, I’ve kept track on a spreadsheet the daily gross and the number of exams. I also track a few other items like glasses vs. contacts vs. medical visits, DNKAs, follow-ups, walk ins, and appointments scheduled.

I thought it might be nice to share with you all a pattern I’ve noticed about which days are better to work than others, listed best to worst.

2008 so far (January to April I worked Mon 10-7, Wed 10-7, Friday 10-7, and Saturday 9-5, and May to present I worked 5 days a week, Tues 9-6, Wed 10-7, Thursday 10-7, Friday 9-5, Sat 9-3):

  1. Tuesday
  2. Wednesday
  3. Saturday
  4. Monday
  5. Friday
  6. Thursday

2007 from April to December I worked four days a week (Monday 10-7, Wednesday 10-7, Friday 10-7, and Saturday 9-5):

  1. Wednesday
  2. Monday
  3. Friday
  4. Saturday

In 2007 Mon, Fri, and Saturday were almost identicle in revenue earnings, but Wednesday gross averaged $98 more than the other days. In 2008 so far Tuesday and Wednesday (TuW) are close and so are Saturday and Monday (SaM). TuW gross averages $71 more than SaM, and SaM averages $79 more than Thursday.

In 2007 my private practice appointment book would fill up fast on Tuesdays and not so much on Thursdays. At the Wal-Mart, they told me I’d missed quite a few walk-in opportunities on Tuesdays, but not many on Thursdays.

Anyway, my take home message is this:

  • I advise O.D.s looking for fill-in work to stay away from Thursdays and Fridays and try to get in on the action for Tuesday and Wednesday. (Conversely, if you are an optometrist looking to hire fill-in work, then switch what I just said.)
  • If you need to take a random day off, Thursday or Friday is a safe bet

Your mileage may vary. For instance, from what I’ve heard, everywhere else in my district (Salt Lake to Ogden area) is gangbusters on Saturdays. I think that in my Northern Utah town the people like to go play on Saturdays and not worry about having to spend time at the doctor’s office. We notice that Saturdays are better in the winter than the summer because our area has lots of good hiking, boating, and other summer fun activities nearby.

Super Glue Eye Drops

This physician had an interesting case about a patient who put super glue in her eye by mistake,and then he used Colace, scissors, cotton-tip applicators, and a hemostat to solve the problem.

Hat tip to Kevin, M.D.

Would any of you reassure the patient and patch the eye for a couple days while it works itself loose? I mean, as long as the patient doesn’t need to use that eye for a couple days? Of course, I think what the ER doctor did is the best approach, but what CPT code could you use besides foreign body removal?

Favorite Summer Grilling Recipe

I’ll go a little off topic today. In the summer I like to grill as often as possible. I thought I would share my favorite grilled chicken recipe:

Use frozen chicken breast and marinate for 4-5 hours at room temperature in a Ziplock bag using McCormick’s Grill Mates Southwest Marinade.
Grill on low heat for about 10-15 minutes per side.
Near the end, apply Kraft’s Honey Barbecue Sauce and then previously cooked bacon (or deli-sliced hickory smoked ham will do if you don’t have the time to fry up the bacon).
After another minute, apply Tillamook or Cache Valley colby jack cheese on the top, let melt, and then serve.

Voila’. Bon Appetit.

It’s similar to something I’ve had at Chili’s.