CLToday Fitting Tip of the Month
October 2004

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Broaching the Topic of Colored CLs with Patients
Patients love the ability to make personal statements and tinted contact lenses offer an affordable, fun way for patients to express themselves. Practitioner reluctance to offer this option hinders the growth of the category and may ultimately reduce a patient's enthusiasm. Professional staff can reduce anxiety by simply asking patients whether they are interested in tinted lenses and by offering the opportunity to make either a subtle or a dramatic change in their appearance. The benefits to practices that offer tinted lenses as an option expand when we dedicate time to educate patients on options, which have both optical and emotional rewards.
--Glenda Secor, OD
Huntingdon Beach, Calif.

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