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Effective Eye Clinic Website: 8 Ways It Can Grow Your Eyecare Business

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An effective eye clinic website is an indispensable asset in today’s digital age. Imagine what it was like for optometry eye clinics before the advent of mobile phone services in Nigeria. I remember when a patient kept trying to locate our eye clinic but could not till we closed for the day. Now, from your website, a patient can easily find your location from a mobile phone and call you directly without typing your number.

An optometry eye clinic without a website in this digital age is like not having an address. With a website, people can reach and interact with your clinic even while you sleep. They can make inquiries, download or feel forms, and buy and book an appointment.

Many optometry eye clinics, especially the new eyecare businesses that are just starting, run on a tight budget. Most Optometrists managing these eyecare businesses will rather focus on seeming necessities and urgent matters. They would only spend money where they deem it vital. So, it’s easy to see why some eyecare business owners might think an optometric eye clinic website is a luxury item that can wait.

It will be very rare to see a very successful eye clinic around the globe without a website. Nonetheless, when you look closely, it may seem many optometry colleagues care less about owning a website or maintaining an online reputation. Where the websites exist, many are not mobile responsive, navigation is difficult, no regular updates, and so on.

As optometrists with a focus on primary eye care, we are committed to the eye health and optical visuals of our patients. Worthy to note that today’s patients are more eye health consumers. They can no longer be classified as just patients. Before coming to us, most come with a repertoire of information-seeking expert guidance as they would get from a coach. So beyond performing as a clinician, you are expected to be a thought leader as far as the eye is concerned.

Having a professionally designed website with updated value for these digital eye health consumers becomes a must. A purpose-driven website that projects your optometry brand will help attract, engage, and retain eye health consumers of value. If you want to achieve eye clinic growth, you need to recognize the factors that make a website good.

Below are some crucial aspects in which your website is so important and how they can drive eye clinic growth.

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1. An Effective Optometry Website Projects Your Ideal Eye Clinic Brand 

First impressions, we all know matter. Of course, if the experience that follows does not match the original impression, then it’s a bad market. Nevertheless, the first impression gives you the opportunity to offer your website visitor the desired impression.

Just like the storefront of your physical eye clinic matters a lot, so does your website. The aesthetic of a good optometry website delivers the impression of the brand identity of your optometry brand. It is the first start for an emotional connection with your patients or other eye health consumers.

2. An Effective Optometry Website Establishes Your Authority.

If you have a website with a lot of information on eye issues of value to your patients, you become an authority of reference. Of course, no better authority than you as far as the eye is concerned. 

An effective optometry website for your eye clinic will have so much information that eye health consumers can always read. Imagine having such articles as How to use an eye drop, How often you should see your optometrist? Who is an optometrist? 3 Eye care specialists you should know etc. 

Most of your patients and other eye health consumers always go to Google to seek information. ‘Google it’ has become a verb. The question is, will some of the answers they seek come from you?

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3. A functional Optometry website is a 24/7 marketing machine

A well-optimized and effective eyecare website is functional 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. It is a marketing tool that works on an unlimited schedule beyond traditional marketing tools. No matter how great your business card, eye clinic leaflets, or other print assets are, there are times patients and other eye health consumers would not be happy to receive them. You will have to be careful not to even annoy potential patients with your promotions. 

On the other hand, consumers are free to visit your site at their own convenience, consume website content, contact the clinic, and even book appointments when necessary. During website visits, they are also exposed to your promotional content. Also if good marketing strategies were implemented, they will still see your valuable promotions on other sites they visit. Remember, all these interactions have no time frame limits or timezone restrictions. Consistent growth is therefore enhanced if potential patients, existing patients, and other eye health consumers can get value from your eye clinic website at their own convenience.

4. A good eye clinic website is a knowledge powerhouse

As they say, knowledge is power. As Optometrists, we often hear our patients ask questions that may seem funny. They have a lot of assumptions due to cultural beliefs and a lack of information. Some patients still ask to know if taking their optical prescription means their vision will be corrected so they drop their glasses.

A great website is an avenue to answer some of these questions in other to empower your website, visitors. Sometimes they wonder what procedures they will go through when they come for an eye examination. Therefore, providing educational content throughout your website will greatly ease patients’ fears and help them better understand what their condition or procedure entails. Chances are a more-educated patient will make your life easier and if you want to see more educated patients, you’ll need to take a look at your website.

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5. A great platform for updates and announcements

In addition to being a powerful source of knowledge, your website is also perfect for updating and communicating with your eyecare patients. It allows you to keep them informed about everything you’re doing. When a particular new product is particularly relevant to a patient, you stand a better chance of upselling to them.

6. Your Optimized Optometry Website Affords You Organic Traffic 

Having an SEO-optimized website for your optometry practice will increase your chances of being visible in Google search results. There is a greater chance that your eye clinic website will show up in search results when eyehealth consumers are searching for eyecare products, services, or information. With this opportunity, you can dramatically increase your patient base at no extra cost

7. A Great Website Saves You Time and Patient Service Challenges

Just like in other businesses, eye health consumers and patients will always call to make enquires, lay complaints, or even ask for working hours and directions. When these calls are missed or received beyond expectation, relatively unpleasant patient experiences arise.

Sometimes, some of these calls may lead to staff distraction especially when you do not have enough staff. A staff on receiving such calls especially when the patient is unhappy could easily be distracted from the task at hand.

By investing in a functional optometry eye clinic website, you are able to reduce these calls and enhance the internal productivity of your eyecare business. Meanwhile, it makes it easier for customers to find useful information without having to call, which contributes to the overall patient experience.

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5. A great platform for updates and announcements

In addition to being a powerful source of knowledge, your website is also perfect for updating and communicating with your eyecare patients. It allows you to keep them informed about everything you’re doing. When a particular new product is particularly relevant to a patient, you stand a better chance of upselling to them.

6. Your Optimized Optometry Website Affords You Organic Traffic 

Having an SEO-optimized website for your optometry practice will increase your chances of being visible in Google search results.

There is a greater chance that your eye clinic website will show up in search results when eyehealth consumers are searching for eyecare products, services, or information. With this opportunity, you can dramatically increase your patient base at no extra cost.

7. A Great Website Saves You Time and Patient Service Challenges

Just like in other businesses, eye health consumers and patients will always call to make enquires, lay complaints, or even ask for working hours and directions. When these calls are missed or received beyond expectation, relatively unpleasant patient experiences arise.

Sometimes, some of these calls may lead to staff distraction especially when you do not have enough staff. A staff on receiving such calls especially when the patient is unhappy could easily be distracted from the task at hand.

By investing in a functional optometry eye clinic website, you are able to reduce these calls and enhance the internal productivity of your eyecare business. Meanwhile, it makes it easier for customers to find useful information without having to call, which contributes to the overall patient experience.

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8. An Effective Eye Clinic Website Gives You A Competitive Advantage.

The optometry eyecare business industry continues to grow month by month. More universities offer optometry disciplines and more Optometrists continue to graduate while more eye clinics continue to spring up.

Having an effective optometry eye clinic website helps you stand out from the crowd. This affords you an awesome competitive advantage over those who don’t have a functional online presence beyond social media.

Remember, your optometry eye clinic website should be purpose-driven, functional, regularly updated, mobile responsive, search engine optimized, and offer a great user experience. 

Wrapping up

Note that an effective optometry eye clinic website trumps social media platforms. As an Optometrist, it might seem that a Facebook page or any other social media platform affords enough online presence.

These platforms have algorithms that change according to the wishes of the owners. They can choose what to show, who to show it to, and when to show it unless you pay some ad fees. 

It is also not enough to display your clinic signs, business cards- if you have any, or other traditional marketing collateral as enough publicity. Most importantly, we as Optometrists must discard the fixed mindset that a professional should not advertise himself or herself. In fact, you are not promoting yourself but positioning the value of your eyecare business. 

But truth be told, we are in a new digital age. Information and services are overwhelming. Just like in other industries, patients and other eye-heath consumers are in search of unique and personalized experiences.

An effective optometry eye clinic website is a guaranteed way to showcase your venture. An effective and professional optometry eye clinic website isn’t a frivolous spending spree – it’s affordable and an important part of the eye care business growth process.

Following the completion of the design of an effective optometry eye clinic website, remember that launching it is another significant part of the whole project. Make sure your website launch announcement is not only very informative but engaging, and I make it easy for your audience to explore your new site.

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Okwukwe Davis Ihentuge

Written By Dr.Okwukwe Davis

Okwukwe Davis is an Optometrist, Digital Marketer, and Web Design Strategist. Aside his primary eyecare profession, he is committed to helping Eyecare Businesses, SMEs and Professional Brands discover awesome brand growth with Web Design aligned with Branding and Digital Marketing Strategies.

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