8 Tips for Optometrists to Survive the End of the Year Rush

Dec 29, 2014
2 min read

December is often chaotic month for optometrists! Dr. Corte provides 8 tips on how to successfully survive the end of the year rush.


Each year thousands of patients rush to their local optometrist for a last minute eye exam. As if the holidays aren't hectic enough, most ODs have to manage the added stress from chaotic offices and overbooked schedules. Below are a 8 tips on how to successfully survive the end of the year rush:

Mandate a no vacation policy

That's right - all for one and one for all! A busy, understaffed office at the end of the year sounds like a horrific nightmare. It should be understood, by all employees, that this is NOT the time to take vacation.

On the contrary, be sure to treat your staff (and their families) to keep office morale high during this demanding season.

Caffeine...and lots of it!

Whether it's part of your daily routine or consumed for an extra boost, caffeine will help!


Market months in advance

Tell your patients about the benefit of coming in earlier:

  • More personalized care
  • Less chaotic experience
  • Energized office staff 
  • One less thing to worry about over the holidays

Get extra rest

 See if you can make a bet with your grandparents on who goes to bed earlier...

Encourage the use of Flex Spending Accounts

Year supply of contact lenses or a second pair of glasses, anyone?! 

Don't let this happen to you! The Flex Spending Grace Period ends on March 15! #flexiblespendingaccount

Book a (future) vacation

Put something on the calendar that gets you excited! You'll be amazed by how it gets you through stressful times. 

Avoid pre-appointing

The last two weeks of the year should be kept open for patients that really need to see you!

Ignore college bowl games

A much easier task if  you went to a small liberal arts college or the University of Michigan

About Ryan Corte, OD

Ryan Corte attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry and graduated in 2012. He completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. He currently splits time between Modern Eye Care and Premier Family Eye Care in metropolitan Charlotte, NC. Ryan is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association. He also serves on the Student and New Graduate Committee of the American Optometric Association.