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

FDA

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

Omega 3

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

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

RxPad

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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