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Contact Lens Material Options for the Dry Eye Patient Reply

Contact Lens Material Options for the Dry Eye Patient

When fitting contact lenses, how do you address contact lens dryness?  Let’s say the you confidently ruled out any ocular surface disease issues and the next logical step is a new lens.  Do you have a go-to lens ?  How do you make your decision? Read more

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Assessing Dryness in the Contact Lens Practice Reply

Schirmers Test

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Practitioners… As we all know, being an effective contact lens fitter requires more than just understanding materials and solutions.  We have all been trained to respect these medical devices and we all know that a thorough ocular health evaluation is equally as important.   With experience we quickly see that understanding the ocular surface is not only warranted for good ocular health, but it has a direct relationship on patient comfort and acuity. Read more

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The Push Up Test – Judging More Than Contact Lens Tightness Reply

Push Up Test

When fitting contact lenses practitioners have many tricks/tools at their disposal.  Some of the most important tricks have been around for decades, one of those being the push-up test.  While you may use this test on a daily basis, did you know that the push-up test can reveal more than the tightness of a lens? Read more

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Scleral Contact Lens Filling Solutions 1

Off label use of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Inhalation Solution for Scleral Contact Lenses

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Is it just me, or is everyone fitting scleral contact lenses now a days?  Why not, technology has come quite a long way in recent years. When fit correctly , these designs can now allow us to offer our patients an incredible option in both comfort and acuity. Read more

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Gas Permeable Contact Lens Staining Patterns Reply

Diffuse Corneal Staining

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How many of you fit rigid lenses?  The truth of the matter is, if you are not doing these fits on a regular basis, it can be very easy to forget the techniques.   Having said that, we can’t avoid it completely.   There is always the possibility that a patient currently using gas permeable contact lenses, ends up in your chair with a problem, and expects you to fix it. Read more

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Judging the Ocular Surface for Contact Lens Use Reply

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When starting any contact lens evaluation, a careful examination of the ocular surface is vital. It is this surface where the contact lens resides, and if it is at all compromised, this will greatly affect the success of the fit.  This post will briefly review the key structures at play. A practitioner must have a general understanding of the corneal / conjunctival surface, tear film and eyelids. Read more

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Specialty Contact Lens Vocabulary Reply

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When learning to fit rigid contact lenses, a practitioner must first familiarize themselves with certain terms. Whether using these terms for documentation purposes or for speaking to a fitting consultant, using the approved vocabulary will greatly enhance the learning process. Below are a few terms that you should be familiar with. Read more

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