CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month

August 2005

Contact Lenses Today® is edited by Dr. Joseph T. Barr and the staff of Contact Lens Spectrum. This week, CLToday® reaches more than 12,000 readers in 74 countries.

Talking to patients about compliance
I believe the most important thing a doctor can do to enhance contact lens compliance in their practice is to ask each and every patient how they wear and care for their lenses. Ask how often they replace their lenses and how often they sleep in them. Ask patients to describe which solutions they are using (specifically) and how they use them. If patients have been prescribed therapeutic medications, ask what drops they are using and how they are using them.
Have your staff watch patients clean their lens.  The key here is to ask patients about compliance. You’ll learn a lot about them and they will know you are paying attention!
David Geffen, O.D.,
La Jolla, CA 92037

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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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