CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month

March 2006

Contact Lenses Today® is edited by Dr. Joseph T. Barr and the staff of Contact Lens Spectrum. This week, CLToday® reaches more than 10,000 readers in 74 countries.

Managing Contact Lens Associated Dryness
When a patient has a disease or condition that can potentially affect contact lens wear, such as medically-documented dry eye or allergy, perform a separate disease work-up to determine the appropriate ICD-9 and CPT-4 treatment procedure codes. This ensures thorough care of the patient and may be billable to his or her health care insurance. I recommend an extensive symptom questionnaire, additional tests such as lissamine green and detailed fluorescein staining, as well as a highly specific treatment plan. Milton M. Hom, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Azusa, Calif.

VISTAKON® has begun airing national TV advertising in support of their exciting new contact lens, ACUVUE® ADVANCE™ Brand Contact Lenses for ASTIGMATISM, and to help increase patient visits.  One advertisement — titled “Twins” — targets a younger audience and is geared towards first time contact lens wearers with astigmatism. The other — “A Day in the Life” — was created to appeal to a broader, more mature audience, including current toric wearers and dropouts. The commercials are to air on stations such as FOX, WB, MTV, and USA. Tune in!

Report adverse contact lens reactions here: or call (800) FDA-1088.
Access a reporting form for complications you've seen that were a result of contact lenses dispensed without a valid prescription at the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry's (ARBO's) Web site: Complete and send the form online or print it out and fax it to (866) 886-6164.

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