Dr. Rajesh Khanna: How the VF2000 Improves My Practice
As practitioners switch over to the modern range of VR visual field headsets from the bulky, inefficient technology of the past, they’re realizing just how impactful that change can be.
Dr. Rajesh Khanna is an ophthalmologist with practice locations in Los Angeles and Ventura, CA and a VF2000 user, after years of relying on the HFA for his visual field testing. As a high-volume refractive surgeon who also sees patients with a range of medical issues, his time — and his staff’s time — is always at a premium. He talked to us about some of the most frustrating pain points of past technology and how updating to the VF2000 improved his practice.
Old-Fashioned Visual Field Equipment is Bulky and Impractical
One of the biggest issues that Dr. Khanna had with using the traditional visual field machine was the fact that it required a dedicated room to use. “Visual field machines are so bulky. You must put it one area and manually adjust it for each patient.”
Once he started using the VF2000, he was immediately struck by the increase in efficiency and flexibility with patient flow. “With the headset, once a patient is done, you don’t have to wait or push them out so patients can move in and out. We can take the machine to them so there’s no bottlenecking in exam rooms which saves time.”
He noted that in the area where he practices, it’s especially critical to maximize space: “In LA, the real-estate is so costly, so it’s been very helpful to get rid of the need for the extra room for one machine and save money in that way.”
The VF2000 Is Much Easier to Use
The VF2000’s user-friendly interface can save time in any practice. It’s easy to use — almost fully self-guided for the patient — so it saves techs precious time running tests. It’s also extremely easy to learn, which is important when most practices have trouble hiring and retaining qualified technicians. Dr. Khanna said he appreciates this quality of the device.
“With techs, there’s always turnover, but within a week our newest tech mastered this device. Traditional technology takes a couple of months to master, but with this device, it is so much more automated and helpful — they can learn it so fast. “
Improved Accessibility Is a Big Factor
Doctors take pride in being able to provide high-quality care to the broadest population of patients, but anyone still using outdated perimetry equipment is lacking in this area. It’s no secret that elderly patients and those with disabilities have difficulty completing the tests, making results less reliable or even unusable.
Dr. Khanna recalls a case where he was proud to have made the switch before seeing a wheelchair-bound patient:
"I had a patient in a wheelchair, I was so glad we had this machine to use on him. It would have been difficult for him without it. He was so appreciative, he said it was great we had the latest and most comfortable technology. Otherwise, he couldn’t do the test. People don’t feel embarrassed with whatever physical issue they have when we have this option."
It’s Time to Upgrade
If you’re still using outdated technology, you’re missing out on new revenue, improved efficiency, and the ability to test more patients in less time in a modern, cost-effective package. If you’re ready to move into a new era, click to learn more about the VF2000 — we have three models to suit your unique needs and we offer financing options to make sure you can manage the investment to move your practice forward.