CooperVision has opened its announced today its fifth annual search for the nation’s 2020 Best Practices. The program recognizes optometric practices that advance the profession through innovation, industry leadership, and the provision of exceptional patient experience.
In the four years since the 2015 launch of Best Practices, 40 eyecare practices across the U.S. have been named as honorees—practices small and large, new and established, independent and corporate.
“In the beginning, we had a vision for Best Practices and what it might become, but the extent to which the program has grown and evolved is something we could have never anticipated,” says Michele Andrews, O.D., senior director of Professional and Academic Affairs, North America, CooperVision. “Bringing together the honorees to exchange ideas, tackle challenges, and build camaraderie has proven to be invaluable to everyone involved, and with new honorees every year, it just keeps getting better.”
All U.S. optometry practices currently fitting contact lenses are eligible to apply. Best Practices candidates are encouraged to submit practice profiles and stories, sharing their insights and experiences in the following areas:
- will be evaluated on contributions to the betterment of eye health and education, leveraging technology in meaningful ways to grow the practice, and advancing the eye care profession among the public.
- Industry Leadership will be rated on how a practice advances the profession and leads the industry regionally, nationally and even globally.
- Patient Experience will be judged on how a practice delivers excellent eye care experiences and education to its patients, and unique aspects of patient care in which it leads.
Candidates can choose to submit their stories via written response at EyeCareBestPractices.com/applying. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 21, and will be reviewed by a panel of judges including past Best Practices honorees, industry experts, and CooperVision leaders. The 2020 Best Practices will be announced early next year.
Best Practices honorees are broadly recognized throughout the profession by serving on professional panels, showcasing their expertise within the eye care trade media, and representing the program at industry events.
Honorees are also brought together at the annual Best Practices Summit, which provides a forum for education and collaboration on a variety of practice management and clinical practice topics. Past Best Practices Summits have also featured keynote speakers to hone the honorees’ skills in the areas of change management, innovation, and storytelling.
New this year, CooperVision also announced plans for a Best Practices scholarship program, which will provide third-year optometry students with the opportunity to attend the educational summit. Details will be released later this year.
For full details on the Best Practices terms and conditions, including eligibility requirements, click here.