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EYE ON TECHNOLOGY                       Chicago practice puts the eye in iPadBy Dominick M. Maino,             tially star...
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Lyons Family Eye Care: Putting the Eye in iPad


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Lyons Family Eye Care using technology to make the examination process easy, quick, accurate and fun! Read this AOANews story about this hi-tech, hi-touch practice.

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Lyons Family Eye Care: Putting the Eye in iPad

  1. 1. EYE ON TECHNOLOGY Chicago practice puts the eye in iPadBy Dominick M. Maino, tially started filling out the v Adobe Acrobat Pro share your photographs, the patient can see them-O.D., and Geoffrey G. New Patient Information v Dropbox documents (like PDF files) selves while wearing theirGoodfellow, O.D. Form and realized I did not v Compatible EHR and videos. Any file you soon-to-be new glasses, as have my reading glasses on The PDFExpert (by save to Dropbox will auto- well as to send a picture/T he use of a lion in an so I just enlarged the iPad Readdle) application can be matically be saved to all video to their spouse for office might be too image and continued filling found on Apple’sApp Store your computers, digital help deciding which pair of scary for most out the form without my site. It has been updated for phones and the Dropbox spectacles would be thepatients. But Lyons Family glasses. Most of the ques- the iPad Retina Display and website. best.Eye Care, an urban optomet- tions only required me to costs $9.99. This app will Another app the office The patients’ responsesric family practice in touch a box that was then allow you to do many things uses is the Braille Institute’s to using an iPad in the officeChicago, not only combines automatically checked. For with PDF files, including fill VisionSim program. This have been outstanding! Anda welcoming lion in its logo, the information that required in forms, sign documents, app demonstrates how vari- why not— one of the verybut also makes the use of a typed response, the iPad’s and sync any folder on ous eye diseases affect first individuals to test outtechnology within its office this approach was Dr.less scary for all patients Lyon’s grandmother. High-and the members of its eye The idea of using an iPad for patient forms came tech and grandma approved;care team. AOA member Stephanie from one of the Lyons Family Eye Care patients, what more could you ask for in an office application?Lyons, O.D., and her hus- who was an Apple manager, John, Dr. Maino is a professorknew from the moment they of pediatrics and binocluardecided to open a practice built in touch-type screen Dropbox, iDisk, Readdle vision. For instance, it will vision at the Illinois Collegethey would always stay popped up automatically Storage or WebDAV storage show a picture of wherever of Optometry (ICO). He canahead of the technology when needed. with a local folder on the you are with simulations of be contacted atcurve when it came to After about five min- iPad. macular degeneration and Dr.patient care. utes, the form was filled out. Acrobat Pro is available visual field loss due to glau- Goodfellow is an associate By using this approach, The office staff then hit a from Adobe. It allows you coma. professor of optometry atStephanie and John give few buttons on the iPad, I to create fill-in forms, col- As an aide to helping ICO and the college’s assis-their patients a unique office signed the document and lect data, and even allow patients choose their new tant dean for curriculumexperience, the staff per- saw it was immediately sent these forms to be signed. glasses, Lyons Family Eye and assessment. He can beforms their job in a more to Dropbox. I then went into Dropbox is a free serv- Care uses the forward-facing contacted atefficient manner and the the pre-testing area. After ice that lets you upload and iPad camera as a “mirror” so thrives financially. the pretesting sequence was Their office technology over, I moved to the exami-includes an electronic healh nation room, sat down in therecords (EHR) system, patient chair, and greetedautokeratometer, autorefrac- my new doctor.tor, autolensometer, non- Dr. Lyons had my Newcontact tonometer, and digi- Patient Information Form ontal phoropter. They also use her computer, asked me aiPads for the patient case few additional questions andhistory and initial patient then my comprehensive eyecheck-in procedure, as well and vision examination wasas digital visual acuity about to begin in earnest (Icharts. will talk about the exam in a The Lyons Family Eye future column).Care website has online The idea of using anappointment scheduling and iPad for patient forms camean online optical as well. from one of the Lyons I (Dr. Maino) hadn’t Family Eye Care patients,had an eye examination in a who was an Apple employ-couple of years, so I decided ee.that this would allow me to He also assisted in set-experience the use of the ting up the iPad as a patientlatest technology from the encounter tool for the office.viewpoint of a patient. Do you want to start I stepped up to the using iPads in your office?office desk, was warmly Here’s what you will need:greeted by the staff, and was v An Apple iPad Lyons Family Eye Care optometric assistant Ashley Byrd reviewing iPadhanded an iPad. I had ini- v PDFExpert app data while practice general manager John Lyons looks on. JUNE 2012 47