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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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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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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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