Cataract Outsourcing & Resource Blog

A Partnership Committed to Safety

You need an outsourcing partner that is committed to providing dependable, timely, and safe service to your OR in a day where safety is vitally important. In case we haven’t met yet, Surgical Direct provides an outsourcing partnership to Ophthalmologists and OR facilities by providing all the equipment needed for Cataract Surgery at no capital […]

Satellite Cataract Surgery

Satellite Cataract Surgery Boost

Is your Ophthalmic practice looking for new ways to increase revenue in 2020 and beyond? Satellite Cataract Surgery can offer a revenue boost for your practice and allows access into new markets of case potential that you did not have before. However, starting satellite surgery entails ample setup and administration before your first case. Ongoing […]

Operating Room Cost Management

Operating Room Cost Management

Hospital systems (small and large) have been freezing capital expenditures and reducing expenses as much as possible across the country. Priorities for OR administrators and decision makers have shifted to conserving cash in any way possible due to the effects of COVID19. Outpatient procedures were shut down altogether for months. Certain states have re-opened elective […]

Not All Mobile Cataract Services Are Created Equal

As a service provider in today’s economy, it’s crucially important to find and nurture the “lasting impact attributes” (or the key differentiation practices) that stick with a client and build lasting trust from their experience with your service. In truth, it goes way beyond the service itself. We have all experienced (to some degree) a […]

CMS Proposes Another 6% Medicare Cut for Ophthalmology

On August 3rd, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed another reimbursement cut for certain specialties…Ophthalmology was among the specialties listed with a proposed 6% cut. This is in addition to the proposed 15% cut that was implemented early 2020 for the specialty. As if Ophthalmologists didn’t already have enough hurdles in […]

Work Together Cataract Surgery

A Time To Work Together

Today, perhaps more than ever, recognizing the need to work together might be one of the most crucial elements to getting through these unique times. We all know the saying that “2 is better than 1” in reference to solving a problem. Or maybe you’ve heard the African Proverb, “If you want to go fast, […]

outsourcing cataracts

Now Is The Time To Start Outsourcing Cataracts

Being strategic with how you manage your OR is so important in the season we are in. Maybe (more than ever), it’s that much more important to save your capital dollars for specialties that will be most beneficial to your revenue growth. That is why we believe right now might be one of the best times […]

Cataract Surgery in a Post-Pandemic World

As the world begins to open back up after COVID-19, those who will be truly successful in the new economy are those that are willing to adapt and do things differently. The spaces in our world that may never be “normal” again, are the spaces we have an opportunity to shape forward in health and […]

Anesthesia for your Cataract Cases

At Surgical Direct, we help ORs efficiently provide cataract cases in both upstart and long-term programs in hospitals and ASCs across the country. Sometimes, getting started with new specialties (like eyes) in your OR can be daunting. Managing an ongoing cataract program on your own can also be task heavy and has its nuances. Whichever […]

Adding Ophthalmology To Your OR

Adding Ophthalmology To Your OR

Diversifying your OR with multiple physician specialties is a great way to increase revenue for your OR because it adds more potential revenue sources. Now you may be reading this and already know that Ophthalmology is not the most lucrative specialty for your OR. Read the following article that highlights the top 10 physician specialties […]

Add More Rooms & Tackle Your Back Log

Not being able to operate on your patients has no doubt stunted your ability to help your patient’s, to deliver quality eye care, and to keep your business revenue goals intact. Now is the time to start thinking creatively on ways to fight back against your revenue drops due to COVID19. Adding more rooms (seasonal […]

Increase Cataract Surgery Capacity

Increase Your Cataract Surgery Capacity

In the near future, partnerships and creative solutions may be the difference in quickly ramping up your cataract surgery intake after Covid19. The reality we are all facing, due to the halt of elective surgery, is Ophthalmologists and OR facilities alike will be looking for creative ways to stretch their resources and figure out how […]

How To Prepare for the Cataract Surgery Influx

COVID-19 has created unique and challenging circumstances for us all. Elective surgeries are by-and-large on hold for at least the next 30 days and due to the outbreak and containment challenges that the virus brings, it’s still too early to know exactly how long the non-essential medical procedure “freeze” will go on. But what we […]

Navigating COVID-19

The days we are living right now are unprecedented. It is remarkable how every day in the last week has brought dramatic changes to our nation and our economy. No one seems to be unaffected. We all have had to shift and adjust to this progressive situation and adapt quickly. At Surgical Direct Inc, we […]

Operate with the Alcon LuxOR LX3 Microscope

What is it like to use Alcon’s latest microscope technology, encompassed in their latest release, the LuxOR LX3? According to our clients…it’s awesome! We haven’t met a surgeon yet who has tried the LX3 and had a lot of negative things to say. The Alcon LuxOR LX3 Let’s list out the highlights. 1) 6x greater […]

Increase Cataract Surgery Efficiency

“How can my OR team increase Cataract Surgery Efficiency?” This is a question that every OR admin team and Ophthalmologist should be asking themselves. Efficiency is a key component to your day-to-day operations that ensures that your patients receive the absolute best care they deserve. Efficiency is not only about reducing OR time. It’s about […]

6 Things to Consider Before Buying or Upgrading Phaco Machines & Microscopes

Purchasing medical equipment is a big decision with a large amount of weight for admin staff. Cost, Long-Term reliability and ROI and just a few obvious details that should be considered. But we believe there are more corners in the room that need to be scanned before making your final decision. If you are in […]

Make A Difference In 2020

Happy new year and welcome to 2020! As the new year (and decade) begins, we’ve decided to take a moment and reflect on the privilege it is to do what we do and the part that we play in making a difference in thousands of peoples lives every year. Our field almost always feels busy […]

Cataract Outsourcing in 2020

2020 is a great year to ramp up your cataract business. In fact, in several ways, there has never been a better time to start outsourcing than now. The cataract climate is changing, and there are more and more reasons (practically & economically) to begin a cataract outsourcing partnership. Just in case you didn’t know, […]

2 Rooms in 2020

Double your Cataract Surgery Capacity with Surgical Direct Inc Are you tired of capacity limitations (as well as efficiency) during cataract days in your OR? Often times it’s only possible to have 1 room operational for cataracts because you simply don’t have enough equipment to pull it off efficiently. It also can be a logistical […]

End-Of-Year Cataract Rush

Preparing For The End-Of-Year Cataract Rush

We call November-December the “End-Of-Year Cataract Rush”. Insurance deductibles generally roll-over on Jan 1, and for many patients, deductibles have been met fully met towards the end of the year. This means that (generally speaking) Ophthalmologists and their practices experience the an influx of cataract cases in the last 2 months of the year. In […]

Cataract Headwinds Will Change Revenue

Now is a Good Time for Eye Outsourcing The ever-changing landscape of the ophthalmology specialty (specifically in cataract practice) can prove to be a tough market to forecast when it’s a good time to invest in technology. The past held much more certainty regarding the security of investment when purchasing Cataract equipment. And even though […]

The Power of Having Options

One of the most powerful things that Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service model delivers is the ability to expand your options and open the door of what’s possible. Options in technology. Options in case supplies and lens selections. Options in location. Having options means having freedom! Having the freedom to make changes or try new […]

Successful Satellite Cataract Surgery

Satellite surgery is a very effective way to grow revenue for your ophthalmic practice, and as mentioned in our previous blog on upcoming Cataract Reimbursement Changes, satellite surgery is a reliable way to regain lost revenue after the new reimbursement cuts take effect. Half the battle in a successful satellite cataract surgery arrangement is the […]

Cataract Reimbursments

Cataract Reimbursements Change In 2020

Medicare has proposed more cuts for Cataract reimbursements for surgeons in 2020, maybe as much as 15% for non-complicated procedures. If you haven’t heard of this yet, read through Review of Ophthalmology’s article titled “Medicare Proposes Another Cut In Cataract Reimbursement”. Reduced cataract reimbursements, once again, creates a unique situation for surgeons and their practices, […]

Alcon Centurion VS B&L Stellaris Elite

Today, we wanted to do a quick comparison on 2 of the highest-rated phaco machines in today’s market, Alcon Centurion Vs B&L Stellaris Elite. Phacoemulsification platforms are highly advanced pieces of medical equipment. Ultrasonic phacoemulsification was first introduced in the 60s, but it wasn’t until the 80s that it didn’t catch on as the primary method […]

3 New IOL Related Technologies On The Horizon

The IOL implant market has experienced rapid development and ground-breaking advances in technology in the last 20 years. Toric and Multifocal implants continue to rise in popularity and manufacturers continue to improve their respective models’ accuracy in refractive outcomes. At Surgical Direct, part of our Mobile Cataract Services is to provide easy access to wide […]

Hydrus® Microstent & iStent inject®

Surgical Direct Inc exists to provide solutions to our customers that create pathways of least resistance for ophthalmic procedures. Our vision is for every surgeon and surgical facility that we partner with to have immediate and effortless access to the industry’s best technology. We say immediate because you don’t have to purchase equipment or order […]

3 Ways To Prepare for The Baby Boomer Cataract Influx

The Baby Boomer generation is currently within range for cataracts, which right now is estimated to be 76 million people in the US between the ages of 55-75. According to studies, the average age of cataract surgery patients today is 60.  This means that we are nearing (if not already in) history’s busiest years in […]

Cataract Coordinators Enhance Your OR

For every surgery with Surgical Direct’s Mobile Cataract Service, we provide a surgical coordinator. Having experienced, aware, cordial, and supportive help in the OR during surgery can make a big difference in the efficiency of surgery day.  If you are part of a surgical team (or you are an Ophthalmologist), chances are, you have experienced […]

Happy Cataract Surgeon

5 Ways to Keep Cataract Surgeons Happy

As a Mobile Cataract Service, Surgical Direct is in the business of providing everything we can to our surgeons, ensuring that they are happy. It may seem arbitrary to bring up, but did you know that a happy cataract surgeon is a better cataract surgeon? Mood is a big factor of our performance in almost […]

Dedicated Service = Surgical Success

Taking care of all the details, big & small. At Surgical Direct Inc, we are dedicated to the mindset of continually improving our services. It’s the fabric of our company culture to practice excellent customer service and support. From ensuring that the equipment arrives at your facility on-time, meticulously gathering all case supplies needed for […]

The B&L Stellaris Elite

Cataract Tech Highlight Today, we’d like to highlight the latest Phaco platform on the market, the Bausch & Lomb Stellaris Elite Vision Enhancement System. We’ll highlight some of the exciting features introduced with this system and how they might benefit your surgical process. Before we get into the details, maybe you are reading and already […]

Your Personal Cataract Concierge

Chances are that if you are reading this post, you know that Cataract Surgery is a delicate and complicated surgical procedure. Despite the surgery’s high success rate and seemingly “routine feel” in comparison to other medical specialties, Cataract surgery has very fine margins that if off by millimeters could cause negative post-surgical outcomes. Surgical Direct […]

Mobile YAG & SLT Lasers

The efficiency of surgical procedures in today’s Ophthalmic landscape is an always-increasing priority for surgeons and facilities alike. For most Ophthalmologists, time is very valuable, and we understand the need to increase surgical efficiency as much as possible without decreasing patient care and optimal outcomes. Our goal at Surgical Direct Inc has always been to […]

Cataract Equipment Failure

Preparing for Cataract Equipement Failure

Cataract Equipment failure can be a big source of frustration in your OR on surgery day, bringing the potential for surgery cancellations, revenue loss, and unhappy patients and surgeons. Phaco Machines, Phaco Handpieces, Microscopes, and Instruments all play vital roles in surgery and all have the potential for failure. Honestly, it’s inevitable that your OR […]

What is Your Vision?

Partnering with Surgical Direct Inc provides your OR with the industry’s best cataract outsourcing service available, and behind the scenes, our Practice Growth Team works on your behalf to learn what your vision is for your practice, and we help you with a map to get there successfully.  We replace the obstacles with a growth-centric […]

Adding a Second OR For Cataracts

In the world of Cataract Surgery, safety is the #1 priority of all OR staff and surgeons during eye-day. In our 20+ years of experience in offering premium Mobile Cataract Services, we’ve realized that a very close #2 priority on eye day is efficiency. Everyone involved (surgeon, staff, and patients) are busy people with things […]

The Ins and Outs of IOL Lens Management

In Cataract Surgery, there are many integral parts of the procedure that need a high-attention to detail for that patient to have optimal results. But one of the most important aspects of cataract surgery and its success rate is the IOL Lens Implant.  The surgeon has taken much time and focus on making sure that […]

3 Vital Components for a Smooth Eye Day

Here at Surgical Direct, we’ve been supporting OR facilities and Ophthalmologists achieve smoother (more efficient) surgery days for nearly 20 years. We’ve picked up a few methods, routines, and systems along the way that can help refine the operations of a cataract surgery day, to be as smooth as possible. Of course, every facility will […]

How much are cataracts really costing you?

When purchasing cataract equipment (phaco machines and ophthalmic microscopes), not only do you have to take into consideration the initial cost but also the long-term expense it will take to keep your equipment maintained and surgery-ready. On top of that, cataract costs can go even deeper into your profit margins when managing your own inventory […]

Why a Cataract Outsourcing Partnership makes sense in 2019

Welcome to 2019! The 2019 National Cataract Reimbursement rates were just released. ASC reimbursements slightly dropped from 2018 and Hospital reimbursements remained the same. There is has never been a better time to try mobile cataract services. A cataract outsourcing partnership with Surgical Direct raises your efficiency and profitability when it comes to cataracts. Efficiency […]

2019 Cataract Surgery Trends

2019 Cataract Surgery Trends

Happy Holidays from all of us at Surgical Direct! It’s that time of year where we all begin to think about the year ahead and all that it holds. We’d like to take the opportunity to give you a shortlist of advancements and trends that we feel will be become more prevalent in 2019 in […]

The Growing Need for Cataract Instruments

The Situation with Sterilization. Surgical procedures, in general, require a lot of instrumentation to be sterilized in preparation for surgery. Like all specialties in surgery, Ophthalmology requires very specific instrumentation. When we are talking about ‘cataract instruments’, we are talking about the ophthalmic instruments (cataract tray), the phaco handpiece, and IOL insertion devices. One notable […]

Ophthalmic Microscope

Are you using the right Ophthalmic Microscope?

Technology does make a difference. Today’s Ophthalmic market offers outstanding options in regards to microscopes. Just like the phaco market, Microscopes have adapted new advanced technologies in the last 10 years that far outweigh the years before. We’ve encountered many different personality types in our surgeons. Some prefer to use what’s comfortable to them, regardless […]

Upgrading Cataract Technology Improves Safety & Efficiency

From a physician’s point of view, the safety of their patients during cataract surgery is of utmost importance. No surgeon wants to put their patient at risk during an operation. No surgeon wants anything less than the best outcomes in their patient’s vision. What if I told you that using old equipment puts your patients […]

Mobile Cataract Services

Save Capital Dollars on Cataracts

Surgical Direct can help your bottom line. Over the last few years, Medicare reimbursements for Cataract Surgery have been on the slow but steady incline (between 1-5% depending on the type of facility). This is great news if you are facilitating or interested in facilitating cataracts in your OR, and should be an incentive to […]

The Cataract Caddie – 4 Traits of the SDI Cataract Technician

At Surgical Direct, we offer Mobile Cataract Services to Hospitals, ASCs, and Ophthalmologists all over the country. A Cataract Technician is provided on every surgery day with Surgical Direct. From experience, we know that eye surgery can often be viewed as “another world” to the surgical staff. Often times, the surgical staff at any particular […]

5 Headaches Eliminated with Mobile Cataract Services

As with every surgical procedure, Cataract Surgery comes with a fair share of preparation, work, and readiness in order to have a smooth day with good outcomes. Whether you use Mobile Cataract Services or not, preparation is essential for a smooth “eye day”. Pre-operatively, there are supplies to be ordered and pulled, lenses to be […]

Upgrade from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion

Why upgrade from Alcon Infiniti to Alcon Centurion?

In 2013, Alcon introduced the Centurion Vision System to the North American Market. Alcon for decades has been an industry leader in cataract surgical technology, leading the charge in innovative surgical platforms such as the Legacy, Infiniti, and now the Centurion. With decades of experience in cataract surgery at Surgical Direct, we have never seen […]

Why Cataract Outsourcing makes sense.

Let’s say your hospital or ASC has come to a point where you have realized that acquiring new cataract equipment is inevitable. Your current equipment is old and outdated, repairs and maintenance costs are becoming more frequent, and your surgeon is starting to request the latest technology on the market.  You will likely be met with 2 options […]

Medical Reconnaissance Mission to Thailand

At Surgical Direct, our reach into medical missions continues to grow. Partnering with Hands of Hope ministries (HOH), our Mission’s director, Chris Thele, traveled to Pattaya Thailand earlier this year on a reconnaissance mission in hopes to open doors for future medical opportunities in Thailand. Chris, along with the HOH team, met with the international relations director […]

Benefits of Phaco Outsourcing

Kevin Francis, President and founder of Surgical Direct Inc, recently published an article in Ophthalmology Business Magazine on the benefits of phaco outsourcing (or other Ophthalmic equipment needs) as opposed to purchasing. With Ophthalmic technology rapidly progressing, and that technology rapidly increasing in price, Kevin shows how outsourcing your equipment with the right company saves you large […]

Meet Dr Matthew Thompson & Friends of Haiti

Meet Dr Matthew Thompson. Surgical Direct provided cataract equipment services for Dr Thompson and his practice in central Illinois up until his move to Wisconsin, over 5 years ago. Just recently, we reconnected with Dr Thompson and wanted to spread the word about his medical missions work and how we can help Dr Thompson in […]

Surgical Direct Supports Eye Surgeon’s Mission Trips in Africa

Hundreds of people in Africa in need of cataract surgery have benefited from free procedures provided by Dr. Ukeme Umana, who is originally from Nigeria but practices in southern Illinois. Surgical Direct has donated phaco equipment and supplies for his trips, and two of our technicians have traveled with him to assist with procedures. Dr. Umana’s trips are organized […]

Surgical Direct now offers LenSx and Allegretto Wave Lasers

Surgical Direct Announces New Open-Access Cataract and LASIK Suite in St. Louis. LenSx® and Allegretto Wave® Lasers are now available to surgeons on an as-needed basis at our new Surgical Direct Complete Cataract and LASIK Suite. Access to the suite allows surgeons to offer laser surgery to patients without investing in expensive state-of-the-art equipment. The Surgical […]

Cataract Surgery Saves Lives

We found an interesting article on sharecare.com about the benefits of having cataract surgery. Little did we know that our business not only helps people greatly improve their quality of life, but that we may actually be helping extend those patient’s lives. Anyway, we thought it was an interesting read and we wanted to share it […]

Alcon Launches LuxOR™ Surgical Ophthalmic Microscope

The LuxOR™ expands Alcon’s ophthalmic surgical portfolio to provide a comprehensive solution for ophthalmic procedures. One of the key functions of a microscope is to provide the surgeon excellent visualization. Visualization is greatly facilitated by red reflex, which is achieved when coaxial light is reflected off the retina. Alcon’s LuxOR™ Surgical Ophthalmic Microscope has a […]

Centurion Phaco Released by Alcon

Alcon has released the CENTURION® Vision System — a new phacoemulsification (phaco) technology platform designed to provide surgeons improved capabilities in cataract removal. The CENTURION® automatically and continuously adapts to changing conditions within the eye, provides greater anterior chamber stability during each step of the procedure, and places an “optimized energy technology” at the surgeon’s […]