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Who Is At Fault? FDA Panel Deliberates Whether Contact Lens Users Should Be Given New Guidelines 1

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Are your patients “behaving” themselves?  It is estimated that about 80% of the problems caused from wearing contacts are the result of patients going rogue; that is, not following the clear directions they are given. When it comes to contact lens solutions, this is especially the case. Patients regularly use solutions much longer than recommended, and sometimes even use tap water.  So who should be responsible when patients disregard our recommendations and follow their own guidelines?  The Ophthalmic Devices Panel, which is part of the FDA Medical Devices Advisory Committee, does not believe that the industry should be held accountable when contact users ignore instructions.

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Managing the Ocular Surface is Vital in Beating Contact Lens Dropout Reply

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A recent poll within TheRightContact.com asked practitioners to rate the most common cause of dryness in their contact lens patients. An overwhelming majority of practitioners reported that ocular surface disease was the major culprit. This poll speaks to the discussion many professionals are having about managing this large cause of contact lens dropout. While our industry continues to provide us with latest in materials and solutions, we quickly learn we can never be completely successful until we fully manage ocular surface conditions. Read more

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Contact Lenses and Ultraviolet Light: Are You Protected? Reply

Ultraviolet Radiation

How harmful is ultraviolet light? From the perspective of an eye care professional, excessive exposure to this form of radiation can have serious effects on ocular surface1.  Known as photokeratitis, or ultraviolet keratitis, this painful eye condition can result in a compromised corneal epithelium, inflammation, edema and decreased acuity3.

Symptoms secondary to ultraviolet exposure are evident when an eye is insufficiently protected from ultraviolet rays.  While this condition is mostly seen in extreme cases, it is always important to be cognizant of our corneas exposure to this potentially harmful radiation. Read more

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The Benefits of a Well Trained Contact Lens Technician Reply

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Well trained employees are a vital part of any organizations success.  It is this group that serves as a company’s foundation.  As contact lens fitters, whether in a solo practice or part of a large organization, this understanding takes a whole new life.  Well trained employees not only help the practitioner, but they can serve as a vital role in the overall patient experience. So what roles does your technical staff perform when dealing with the contact lens aspect of your practice? Read more

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Electronic Contact Lenses for Presbyopia Reply

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Contact lens designs have come a long way.  This is certainly the case when we are talking about presbyopia.  But despite all of our advances, a multifocal fit can still be quite challenging.   An understanding of lens mechanics quickly demonstrates why we find ourselves in these fitting situations. Inevitably we are often left sacrificing  a little distance or a little near acuity.  Whether referencing diffractive, aspheric, concentric or alternating designs, our limitations have everything to do with the physical properties of lens. Read more

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Using Topical Medications to Manage Ocular Allergies in Your Contact Lens Patients Reply

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Whether addressing seasonal or perennial allergies, managing concurrent use of contact lenses is a challenging task.  Make sure to see the previous post “Managing Contact Lenses in the Midst of Allergies”  for some great contact lens and environmental tips to help your patients get through these times.  But what if your recommendations aren’t enough?  What if your patient does everything outlined in that previous post but is still suffering?  When this is the case, it may be time to explore a medical option. Read more

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Contact Lens Case Hygiene – Time To Have The Discussion Reply

Proper cleaning of a Contact Lens Case

In an ideal world, most of our patients would wear daily lenses.  But the truth of the matter is that a big section of our patients rely on the advantages of planned replacement lenses.  For this reason, as contact lens fitters, a large portion of our exam is naturally allocated to lens care and hygiene.  In discussing contact lens care, how often do we actually address the contact lens case?  Did you know that a large portion of microbial contaminations can be linked back to the contact lens case? Read more

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Global Market for Contact Lenses Set To Increase Reply

Contact Lens Market Is Expected To Grow

A recent study, released by Grand View Research Inc., estimated that the global market for contact lenses is expected to reach 12.48 billion by 2020. In addition to cosmetic appeal, two other factors were noted as being responsible for this growth, an expanding user base and an aging population. Read more

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Does Patient Comfort Guide Your Contact Lens Fitting Decisions? Reply

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Do you ever stop and think about how fortunate our specialty contact lens patients are?  Technology has made so many strides that now allow us to assist patients who previously only had surgery as an option.  Having said that, how do you decide on the best treatment option for your patients?  When looking at an irregular cornea, are there findings that push you closer to a soft, hybrid, scleral or standard gas permeable contact lens design?  How much does patient comfort play a role in your decision process? Read more

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Managing Contact Lenses in the Midst of Allergies 1

Managing Contact Lenses in the Midst of Allergies

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Let’s talk allergies.  Do you think this is a big or small issue?

Did you know that nearly 50 million Americans suffer from perennial or seasonal allergies?  That is a HUGE part of the population suffering from this allergic disease.

As contact lens fitters how are we managing this issue?  We all know that contact lens use during an allergic episode can not only worsen symptoms, but also prolong them.  Is just telling our patients to stop wearing contact lenses during the allergy season the right choice? Read more

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