5 ways to maintain and increase your knowledge as an optician

How do you manage to stay updated on the latest developments in eye care? You are running a practice and between customers you must do all the documentation and practical issues as well. Time is a limiting factor, right? Here are 5 ways that might help you.

Let’s be clear on one thing. There is no magical formula that allows you to develop your knowledge without spending time. It is the price you must pay. But, there are smart ways which allow you to do it in smaller portions and when you have spare time. Let’s have a look at a few of these ways:

1. Suppliers

Most suppliers have a good online presence with a lot of educational material for download. Some might even have webinars on different topics. You might even get access to experts via chat functions. Of course, the purpose is to make you aware of available products and solutions but you can handle it, right?

2. Blogs and articles

Most research institutes have a lot of material published and sometimes you can subscribe to blogs from the medical experts. Fashion and style are typical topics covered independent bloggers. They keep an eye on what is happening in the industry. You will find these by googling the topics you are interested in.

3. Collaborations

Do not forget about the clinics and other practices that you collaborate with. It is a good network in which you can ask all the questions you need. People are usually interested in interacting regarding their profession.

4. Industry associations

You are probably a member of an association of your guild. Most of these arrange seminars, networking activities, and visits to companies and other organizations. You can also check their website for more information.

5. Conferences

Yes, this will take time away from your practice but, now and then, it could be worth every minute. You will be able to hear about the latest research, new products, new procedures, new rules and laws, you name it. Everything delivered from the best lecturers. Many conferences also have exhibitions where you can see and try the latest product developments. And on top of that, you get to interact with your peers and tune into what is trending in the business.

There are numerous ways to learn and develop your competence once you have started to work. Training courses are obvious. But, think about the points above and view them as learning experiences. If you do it you will soon find that competence development is an everyday thing. Happy learning!

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