Carl H. Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO


Dr. Spear owns a multi-location group practice with his wife Dr. Katie Gilbert Spear in Pensacola, FL. Dr. Spear is commander of the 919th Special Operations Medical Squadron at Duke Field in Florida and chairman of the American Academy of Optometry Exhib


How to calculate the value of your practice

An optometric practice is worth what someone is willing to pay. ODs must plan an exit strategy well before it’s time to move on. A practice management expert offers advice.

Why it’s important to have a marketing plan

Marketing your practice can seem overwhelming, but with a plan in place you will find that it is much more effective and may even save you money in the long run. Learn how to put a marketing plan together and the benefits of having a marketing plan in place at your practice.

Why ODs need a business strategy

Running a practice day-to-day can pose challenges for ODs. Carl Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO, outlines the three basic business strategies to maximize success and why it is important to choose one that fits your practice.

ODs’ top 4 gripes about vision care plans: Part 5-Misleading information and misinformation

In Part 5 of his five-part blog series on vision care plan gripes, Carl Spear, OD, MBA, FAAO, discusses how misleading and wrong information can affect patients’ perceptions of your clinical care and practice.

ODs’ top 4 gripes about vision care plans: Part 4-Competing with me for retail sales and patients

Optometrists are increasingly feeling pressure on their practices as vision care plans (VCPs) move toward a model that not only cuts reimbursements but also competes with them for patients, goods, and services.

ODs’ top 4 gripes about vision care plans: Part 3-Reimbursements

In order to continue this dialogue, and in an attempt to help bring some clarity to the landscape around vision plans, I have put together this five-part blog series. Part 1 of this series outlined the four big topics ODs seem to have the most complaints with vison care plans (VCP). In Part 2 of the series, we covered if it has to be this difficult.