The pandemic has taken its toll on all our eyes with working from home, increased screen time, and lack of self-care. As patients flock to eye care providers to get remedies for tired eyes, they are looking to you to detect all the underlying conditions that are causing them pain, inconvenience, or fatigue.
Chances are every day, one-third of patients who flow through your practice fail a sensorimotor screening. If you are not regularly administering this simple, yet critical, eye exam, you may be overlooking such oculomotor conditions such as strabismus, esotropia, exotropia, hypertrophic, pseudo strabismus, nystagmus, asthenopia, accommodative spasm, or convergence insufficiency.
Whatever your goals are for the upcoming year, an automated sensorimotor exam is worth considering for your pre-test and exam lanes to grow your practice, improve patient communication provide personalized attention, or develop new revenue streams.
1. Fast: Screen in 30 seconds
Time is critical when moving patients through your practice, especially now with social distancing, spreading out patient appointments, and disinfecting waiting rooms. By automating sensorimotor exams, doctors or technicians can screen patients with the 9-point motor function and near point of convergence in 30 seconds.
Expecting that one third of the patients “fail” and receive a result of: “medical necessity determined,” your team can quickly do the thorough follow-up exam on site, which includes the 9-point motor function, cardinal gaze, and 4-dot test. This exam takes only a few minutes. Because of the failed patient screening result, the follow-up exam is insurance reimbursable.
Additional oculomotor tests including Circular, Horizontal, and Vertical Pursuits, Horizontal and Vertical Saccades, Fixation Stability, RanDot test, and a Convergence Insufficiency Survey can also be part of the automated exam.
2. Simple: Anyone Can Administer Screening & Test
In busy practices, streamlining is key to keeping patient flow constant while still having time to provide the best care possible. With an automated sensorimotor solution, you can train additional staff to run through the screening and evaluation with patients in the existing pre-test and exam lane. Doctors can access patient results from anywhere.
3. Objective: Illustrated Reports Better Engage Patients
Many eye care practices are looking for ways to incorporate data into evaluations to better engage and care for patients with personalized attention. Thanks to the internet, patients come into exams better informed and looking for answers to their concerns. By automating sensorimotor exams, doctors receive instant illustrated reports showing exactly how patients see. Now, you have another opportunity to develop patient relationships, foster communication, and talk about possible treatment options. The reports are designed to be easily submitted for insurance reimbursement.
4. Treatment Options: Home Vision Therapy
Once you have a complete picture from the patient exam, you can determine how best to move forward with treatment options. Optional at-home vision treatment is an option proven to address convergence insufficiency and provides an additional revenue stream. Depending on the severity of the issues, you can also refer patients to specialized physicians with their accompanying exam result records.
When working with RightEye, one option is the HTS2 home binocular vision therapy program, which is the perfect companion to the automated sensorimotor system when CI issues are detected. This non-invasive treatment can be used as an adjunct to in-office therapy or as a standalone at-home therapy program, running on most iPads, Androids, Chromebooks, Windows, and Mac OSx. As the doctor, you can monitor their progress from your office. By offering this treatment option to patients, you can encourage a follow-up visit to re-examine their progress.
5. Insurance Reimbursable: Required Reports for Successful Claims
Providing comprehensive evaluations for potential underlying conditions is critical. What’s key is when it is affordable for patients because of insurance reimbursement. The CPT manual lists basic sensorimotor exam as a required exam element of an eye exam. When patients fail the initial sensorimotor screening, additional medical attention is required and the follow-up exam can be administered and reimbursed.
The RightEye Sensorimotor reports provide the documentation for successful CPT insurance claims.
6. Non-invasive: Powered by Eye Tracking Technology
Patients love to hear that word: non-invasive. Always a good place to start, especially when evaluating and treating children. Automated sensorimotor exams only require a patient to sit in front of the screen while the doctor or technician walks them through the short series of tests. The device sends infrared light towards the patient, and the reflection pattern is picked up by the eye tracker’s cameras.
Should you choose to prescribe at-home vision therapy with HTS, that is a great non-invasive treatment option to accompany the automated sensorimotor exam requiring approximately 30 minutes each day to run through a series of exercises.
7. Portable: Lightweight and Easy to Connect Anywhere
To administer this test, simply roll the one of the two 8.4 pound-screeners on the wheeled-table into your pre-test lane and exam room to evaluate patients. Automated sensorimotor operates wirelessly using Wi-Fi connection so it is ready to go wherever your patient is.
RightEye was founded as a technology solution for sub specialists and evolved into a new standard of care for all eye care providers. Our revolutionary automated sensorimotor solution is a vast improvement over manual, subjective tests.