CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month

April 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.


Talking to Patients About the Best Contact Lens Option
I often address patients' needs based on their main complaint and prescribe a lens that will meet that need. If a patient complains of dryness, I will specifically recommend a newer lens that offers better wettability. If a patient has vision problems related to uncorrected cylinder, I'll mention a toric lens. I continuously attempt to solve patients' problems with newer materials and designs that are healthier, more comfortable and offer better vision. Rarely do patients argue about price differences or fitting fees when they learn a healthier lens with the latest technology will directly address their biggest concerns.
David Kading, O.D.,
Bellevue, Wash.

Offer Patients a Solution Before They Drop Out
Eye Care Professionals seeking to grow their practice should consider how contact lens dropouts diminish practice growth. There are 2.7 million contact lens dropouts annually, with more on the verge of dropping out because of contact lens dryness. What if you could offer patients a solution before they drop out of lens wear, not only keeping them in contact lenses but also in your practice? ACUVUE® OASYS™ Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR™ Plus, a new generation of silicone hydrogel, balances properties to meet the demands of contact lens wearers in environments that can make eyes feel tired and dry. ACUVUE® OASYS™ Brand Contact Lenses can revitalize your practice by offering patient satisfaction and practice growth.
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