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Are ‘Blue Blocking’ Contact Lenses A New Way of Combating Digital Eye Strain? Reply

The Vision Council

Lately, the literature has been flooded with articles surrounding digital eye strain.  Is this a topic that comes up in your practice? Hindsight is 20/20/20: Protect Your Eyes from Digital Devices is the name of a new report from The Vision Council, which examines the extent to which we have let digital devices into our lives and the potential for negative effects on our eyes and sight.

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Promising Results for Reducing “Dry Eye” With Phospholipid Sprays Reply

Tears Again

Fiona Stapleton is the senior author of a recent report out of Australia, revealing the results of a study that indicate that increasing the amount of lipids in the eyes could reduce the condition that is commonly referred to as “dry eye.” Read more

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Contact Lenses for Children… Are you OK with that? Reply

kids and contact lenses

When fitting contact lenses in children, how much consideration do you put on the psychological impact?  There is plenty of research to show that myopic children, wearing contact lenses, have a more positive outlook on their physical appearance, athletic and social skills1.  While the psychological advantages would never trump health concerns it is something we cannot overlook.

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Additional Uses of Scleral Contact Lenses Reply

Journal of Optometry

Scleral lenses have truly gained increased popularity over the last few years.  Not only are they remarkable at addressing irregular astigmatism, they have an amazing way of optimizing vision and comfort.  Another mode of treatment explored by practitioners is its way of addressing ocular surface disease.  In these cases, the scleral lenses serve as a therapeutic device in rehabilitating the ocular surface.

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Advances in the Presbyopic Contact Lens Market 1

Biotrue ONEday for Presbyopia

This has been a great summer for the presbyopic market.  As manufacturers help us continue to meet the needs of our patients, we have two new additions to add to the fold.

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Where Are Your Contact Lens Patients Getting Their Advice? Reply

Pharmacy

Quite often when we have a contact lens patient in our office complaining of dry eye, they have already started some type of treatment.  How are they making the decision of where to start?  Who is guiding them in the discussions of brands and options?  If they aren’t getting that advice from you, then where?

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Psychological Factors Affecting The Contact Lens Fit Reply

Tear Lab

As practitioners we do an awful lot to keep our contact lens patient comfortable and staying in their lenses.  We have tools that help us assess the integrity of the tear film like Tear Lab, Schirmers Test and various staining dyes.  We have high powered devices like slit lamps, keratometers and topographers that help us assess lens fit and condition.  We even have the latest technology in lens materials and solutions.  But still, this isn’t enough for some people.  A previous study in Optometry Vision Science looked to target yet another component that might be affecting our fits.  A psychological one.

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What options are available in the Toric 1-Day Modality? Reply

Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Toric

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So your patient has astigmatism and wants to dispose of their lenses daily.  What do you do?  As contact lens fitters, we are fortunate to practice in a time when our options are ever increasing.  It used to be that when patients presented with astigmatism we had very few soft lens designs to offer outside of a custom made-to-order lens.  The recent release of Alcon’s Dailies Aqua Comfort Plus Toric option demonstrates how far we have come, not only in parameters but in modalities.

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An Attempt To Address ‘Misbehaving’ Contact Lens Patients Reply

Acuvue Oasys

Getting our patients to be compliant with contact lens replacement schedules can be a very challenging task.  While patients may have various reasons not to respect these guidelines, it very important that we continue to clearly outline the associated risks.

But what are the associated risks?  As expected, studies have found a direct relationship between compliance and the presence of ocular complications1,2.  Interestingly enough, research has also shown something else.  Did you know that patients who  abuse these schedules also have longer times between routine eye examinations?3  This information is not only important for the contact lens professional, but industry is also affected by these results.  Understanding all of these factors, it is easy to see why Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, has recently decided to make a bold move.

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Rub vs. No Rub – How Do We Properly Use Contact Lens Solution? 1

No Rub Contact Lens Solution

It wasn’t that long ago that manufacturers were claiming that their solutions were effective enough that they did not require rubbing.  Whether this was a marketing claim for convenience, or it was an attempt for the contact lens user to go through their supply quicker, this was a habit clearly embraced by many contact lens wearers.

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