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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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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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The Benefits of a Well Trained Contact Lens Technician Reply

Contact Lens Technician

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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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