When you signing with a corporate optometry lessor you are signing on for the right to use the optometric equipment that is provided in your lease to examine your patients.
The question remains, what can you expect to be included, and what will you have to purchase yourself?
Keep in mind that your corporate optometry lessor has built you an office and is providing you with equipment in the hopes that your patients will go on to become the customers of the affiliated optical. You will have patients whose needs are far more diverse, but the optical does not have a direct incentive to facilitate your ability to practice full-scope optometry: you will do that on your own.
You can expect your corporate optometry lessor to provide the equipment that is needed to conduct routine comprehensive eye examinations.
- Chair and stand
- Slit lamp with Goldmann applanation tonometer
- Manual phoropter and auxiliary high-cyl lenses
- Manual keratometer
- Diagnostic kit that can charge in the stand
- BIO plugged into the stand
- Trial lens set
- 20D and 90D lenses
- Stereo vision book and glasses
- Ishihara plates
- A tangent screen
- Lens flippers
- Desk with locking drawers
- Locking file cabinet
- Doctor’s rolling stool
- Two extra chairs for people accompanying the patient
- Adjustable air conditioning unit
- Trial contact lenses*
*A note on trial contact lenses: Clarify with your corporate optometry lessor who “owns” these in your office. In my situation, US Vision technically owns my trial contact lenses. However, I interface with the reps to determine what fitting sets I keep in my office, and I am responsible for ordering them.
Remember that everything is negotiable. Some corporate optometry lessors may be willing to include some supplemental equipment in your lease—ask!
What happens if I invest my money in medical diagnostic equipment, and then I lose my lease, or otherwise move on from my corporate practice?
- If you wind up moving on, the equipment you purchased is not suddenly worthless
- If you undertake another corporate practice, you will need it there, and you will take it with you
- If you move on to a situation where the equipment you bought would be in excess, you can resell it. It will have depreciated since you invested in it, but if you played your cards right, it would have returned more value to your practice than the amount it depreciated by.
If you have any specific questions regarding equipment in a corporate-affiliated optometry practice, please comment below!