on Friday, August 27, 2010
BMX phemon and CooperVision Teen Spokesperon Daniel Dhers credits contact lenses with improving his performance on the bike. "I've been wearing contacts for a few years and have noticed a big improvement in my riding. They help with my periphery, and if I fall during a ride I don't have to worry about them falling off or breaking."
Get an exclusive 360° view from the Dew Tour through the eyes of BMX phenom and CooperVision Teen Spokesperson Daniel Dhers:
Spinning 360° at the Dew Tour
To read more about Daniel and how contact lenses helped improve his game, visit mycontactsports.com.
on Friday, August 20, 2010
Three years ago, we started the Adopt a Patient program to provide third and fourth year optometry students the opportunity for an additional hands-on fitting experience. The program also benefits prospective contact lens patients who are otherwise unable to afford contact lenses.
Each third year student in participating schools is encouraged to “adopt” a deserving patient into the program. The patient will be fit with CooperVision soft contact lenses and followed up with visits throughout the student’s clinic time at the school. The patient also receives a complimentary year’s supply of lenses from CooperVision (all lenses are available except for those with opaque or enhancing tints).
After a year, patients are eligible for re-adoption by a student from the next year’s class. The primary target audience for the Adopt a Patient program is teenage patients who demonstrate need for contact lenses and come from low income families. Older patients are not excluded from the program, but recruitment is up to the discretion of the clinic supervisor.
Launa Kind, the Adopt a Patient program office administrator at Pacific University agrees that the program is a win-win situation for all parties involved. “Most of our Adopt a Patient participants are kids and teenagers with high astigmatism or anisometropia, a condition that is preferably treated with contact lenses (versus spectacles). Without this program, they truly would not have been able to afford contact lenses. Our patients that have received lenses have been most thankful, and our students are gaining valuable, real-world experience.”
Wesley Crocket, current 4th year optometry student, had a great experience in the program last year. “I adopted a 9 year old boy with a large hyperopic astigmatic correction in his glasses. He was complaining that his lenses kept falling out of his frames and that they made his eyes look really big. He really wanted to wear contact lenses but his mother was unemployed at the time, and unable to pay for contacts. I advised him to practice touching his eye and keeping his hands clean. A few weeks later, he came back in and I fit him in Biofinity Toric lenses. He did great with them! When he returned a week later for his follow up appointment, it seemed as if his self esteem grew leaps and bounds. He talked about how everyone at school though it was ‘so cool’ that he was wearing contacts, and that his classmates couldn’t even tell that he had anything in his eye. I think for this young hyperopic kid, being able to wear contacts changed his life.”
Today, the program is operating in 6 optometry schools across the country, benefitting approximately 300 patients. If you’re an optometry student or professor and want to get your school involved in our Adopt a Patient program, please email me at email@example.com.
on Monday, August 16, 2010
Have you ever wondered what it's like to ride like a BMX biker? Check out our most recent video on YouTube for an exclusive look from our teen spokesperson and professional BMX rider Daniel Dhers!
On the Flip Side with Daniel Dhers
To learn more about Daniel, click here.
on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Do you have a great contact lens story? We want to hear it! We are currently collecting testimonials for our website and marketing materials. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, tell us your CooperVision contact lens story, and you may be featured in our upcoming campaigns.
on Monday, August 9, 2010
Our heart goes out to the family and friends of the medical aid workers who recently lost their lives in Afghanistan. We respect and appreciate the vision and other health services the aid workers provided to many under served individuals. We admire the sacrifice and courage it takes to do what they did.
on Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Heather O'Reilly, gold-medal winning soccer star and our teen contact lens spokesperson, recently sat down with Teen Vogue to answer their Q & A session. They talked soccer, nutrition, fitness, and style. When asked if she has any tips for Teen Vogue readers looking to stay in shape, Heather mentions the importance of keeping yourself motivated and also ensuring you have the right gear:
"I would definitely recommend trying new activities until you find something that you really enjoy. Then, make a goal sheet for yourself. I find that it really motivates me when I make small goals and then accomplish then. It could be 3 jogs per week. It could be 200 sit ups before bed. Stay disciplined, and it will give you confidence when you accomplish your goals. Also, make sure that you have the proper gear. I've teamed up with CooperVision and on the Contact Sports program to teach teens that healthy vision can help improve their sports performance. When I was a teen, I realized that I needed contact lenses. After wearing them, my game improved. Taking care of your general health, like nutrition and eye care can be very important to help you play your best. Teens can visit MyContactSports.com to apply for a "Gear Up Grant" until 9/30 for a chance at $2,500 towards essential sports gear, and even free CooperVision contacts."
To access the full interview, please click here.
To learn more about Heather O'Reilly and MyContactSports, please click here.