CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month

May 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.

Getting the Best Vision with Astigmatic Contact Lenses
When a toric lens is stable on the eye, but the patient is not seeing well, I know I need to adjust lens power. Using a cross cylinder calculator allows me to fit a patient in two trials instead of three or four using other fitting methods. Patients have more confidence in the process when I explain that I'll be using a computer program to select their next lens. A variety of cross cylinder calculators are available online and some are downloadable for use on your palm pilot.
Tim Milburn, O.D.,
Medina, Ohio.

The Next Generation of Silicone Hydrogels
The latest advance in the ULTRA COMFORT SERIES™ offers comfort, vision and health to contact lens wearers. ACUVUE® OASYS™ Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR™ Plus are made from a new lens material, senofilcon A, a proprietary formulation including a remarkable moisture-rich wetting agent with no surface coating. ACUVUE® OASYS™ Brand Contact Lenses have excellent oxygen transmissibility, high volume of wetting agent and a smooth surface. This breakthrough material creates a lens so moist and smooth that an eyelid glides effortlessly over it. Prescribing a lens that offers patients comfort in dry environments that can make eyes feel tired and dry will keep them from dropping out of lens wear and increase patient satisfaction.

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