Fitting Tips & Tools to Help Build Your Practice

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, September 29, 2011
Finding the perfect fit with multifocal and toric contact lenses can take more time than with the traditional spherical contact lens. Maximize your fitting effectiveness and practice efficiency by taking advantage of our free fitting tips, tools, and resources, including:

Lens Locator - search for CooperVision lenses by prescription, schedule, and modality
Profitability Calculator - see the difference that fitting CooperVision contact lenses can make in your practice
ToriTrack Calculator - the most accurate method of fitting CooperVision toric contact lenses
MultiTrack Calculator - calculate multifocal contact lens parameters easily with this convenient tool
Fitting Consultants - a group of highly trained specialists dedicated to helping you and your staff fit our multifocal and specialty lenses

*Note: you will need to be logged into your MyCooperVision account to access these free fitting tips and tools. Not yet a member? Register for access to up-to-date practice specific information and more!

Dos and Don'ts for Contact Lens Care

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

DO

  • Wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your contacts.
  • Insert or remove your contacts in the same order (left then right or vice versa) to avoid getting your lenses mixed up.
  • Clean, rinse, and disinfect your contact lenses following your eye care provider's instructions each time you remove them.
  • Keep all solution bottles closed when not in use.
  • Clean your contact lens case daily.
  • Replace your contact lens case every three months.
  • Remove contacts before you go swimming.

DON'T

  • Allow soaps, cosmetics, or other substances to come into contact with your lenses.
  • Touch the tip of a contact lens care solution bottle to any surface, including your finger or your contact lens.
  • Reuse - or add additional solution to - old contact lens care solution in the case.
  • Wear contacts for longer than the prescribed time.
  • Use solution after the expiration date marked on the bottle.

For more information, visit coopervision.com or consult your eye care practitioner.

Free Multifocal Webinar - Keeping Up with the Multifocal Market

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Did you miss last week's free multifocal webinar on ODWire.org? Jason Miller, OD, MBA, FAAO led a one hour discussion on the clinical and practice management aspects of fitting progressive lenses, with an interactive Question & Answer session immediately following. Log In or Register to access the entire recorded webinar.

Practitioners: Log In or Register to view this post.

Contact Lens Replacement Schedules

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The American Optometric Association recently published research findings from their annual Eye-Q® survey. They found that a generational gap in habits and awareness exists when it comes to contact lens wear.

How often do you replace your contact lenses? The survey results show that younger generations are more likely to follow their contact lens replacement schedule and general wear and care guidelines more so than older generations. The replacement schedule is the length of time your contacts can be worn before they need to be replaced with new lenses (taking them out at nighttime is a given, unless your lenses are approved for extended wear). An array of replacement schedules is available - CooperVision offers contact lenses on a Daily, Two-Week, and Monthly replacement schedule - for more information, please click here.

To keep your eyes healthy, always follow your replacement schedule, unless otherwise directed by your eye care practitioner. For more information and to read more survey results, please click here.

Visit Us at Vision Expo West

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, September 15, 2011
Are you attending this year's Vision Expo West in Las Vegas? We are! Stop by our booth (#12059), located in the Medical and Scientific Pavilion, to learn more about the Biofinity family of lenses, including the recently introduced Biofinity Multifocal. We'll be there this Thursday (9:30 am - 6:00 pm), Friday (9:30 am - 6:00 pm), and Saturday (9:30 am - 5:00 pm). See you there!

September is Healthy Aging Month

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Just like any other part of your body, your eyes age as you get older. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, here are a few tips to help keep your eyes healthy as you age.

  • Visit your eye care practitioner - comprehensive eye exams are recommended on a regular basis for adults and those who frequently use computers. For those 65 and older, as well as those with family history of eye disease, it is advised that you visit your eye care practitioner more frequently. To find an eye care practitioner near you, please click here.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule - if you frequently use computers, be sure to take a 20 second break after every 20 minutes of use. Stare at something approximately 20 feet away - this will allow your eyes to relax.
  • Stay up to date on the normal aging process for your eyes - continuously monitor your health and be aware of the normal changes to your eyes that occur with age. For a reference on vision conditions and eye health problems that commonly occur in older adults, please click here.

One of the most common changes to your vision as you age is an increased difficulty in performing near-vision tasks, like reading and close work. This is known as presbyopia, the worsening of vision that occurs with age. As you age, the lenses in your eyes thicken and lose their elasticity, and the muscles surrounding the lenses weaken. Presbyopia can be corrected with multifocal contact lenses or glasses. For more information on presbyopia, please click here.

Are You Keeping Up with the Multifocal Market?

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, September 9, 2011
Get proactive about your multifocal fitting! Listen in as Jason Miller, OD, MBA, FAAO discusses one of the fastest growing segments of the market. Join us for an informative webinar in partnership with ODWire.org on Tuesday, September 13th at 9:00 pm EST. Learn how to leverage this trend in your office and develop a game plan for multifocals.

This webinar is a must-listen to ensure your practice is keeping pace with the recent growth of the multifocal market.

Register today and be automatically entered to win an Apple TV courtesy of ODWire.org.

Having Trouble Reading the Board? Read This!

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, September 7, 2011
School is back in session! Are you having trouble reading the board? Do you find yourself squinting to read street signs while driving? You may be experiencing myopia, one of the most common vision conditions. An estimated 70 million people in the United States suffer from myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, a condition in which the eye sees near objects clearly but distant objects appear blurry.

How can I tell if I have myopia?
Symptoms include distant objects appearing blurry, squinting, and eyestrain. Myopia is often diagnosed in children, but as the eyeball continues to grow, it is likely that the myopia will also worsen. The condition generally stabilizes around age 16 for women and around age 25 for men; however some cases can worsen with age. The condition can be hereditary - you have a greater risk if both of your parents are nearsighted.

The best way to ensure that the symptoms you're experiencing are attributed to myopia is to discuss them with your eye care professional, who can perform a comprehensive eye exam to diagnose the condition. To find an eye care professional near you, please click here.

How is myopia treated?
Myopia can be corrected using spherical contact lenses or glasses. Correction requires a "minus" lens to "weaken" the eye optimally, permitting clear distance vision. Click here to see a visual demonstration! CooperVision offers a range of contact lens brands that correct for myopia including Avaira, Biofinity, and Proclear. Try CooperVision contact lenses for free* with this Free Trial Coupon.

*By prescription only. Eye exam may be required and this coupon does not include eye exam or fitting fees. Print and bring this offer to your next visit with your eye care professional.

CooperVision Course at Optometry's Meeting Addresses Needs of ODs Fitting Multifocal Contacts

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, September 2, 2011
To celebrate the launch of Biofinity Multifocal, the latest addition to the Biofinity family of contact lenses, we hosted two live multifocal fitting workshops at this year's Optometry's Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. AOA News recently published an article detailing the workshops, including audience member feedback. Read an excerpt here:

As many Optometry’s Meeting® attendees discovered, seeing really is believing when it comes to fitting multifocal contact lenses. A CooperVision-sponsored course in the Discovery Theater this June in Salt Lake City demonstrated that fitting multifocal lenses is not difficult. Mark Andre, Don Siegel, O.D., and Harvard Sylvan, O.D., presented “Seeing is Believing: A Live Multifocal Workshop,” which included the fitting of presbyopic patients with little or no previous multifocal experience.

“I have to admit that although I have been in practice for many years I still have reservations about fitting patients with soft multifocal contacts,” said Joe Martin, O.D., a course attendee. “It just seems to take too much time and the visual outcomes are often disappointing. So the live fitting of patients in the Discovery Theater drew my interest as the description indicated that the session would demonstrate that fitting multifocals is not time consuming or complicated.”

Nazanin Galehdari, O.D., a local practitioner from Salt Lake City, performed the refractions and eye health evaluations on the patients who were fit at these sessions. Biofinity Multifocals were not fit on any of these patients prior to being fit in the Discovery Theater. The first patient was a 46-year-old woman who was a -3.75 myope with a +1.50 add and was wearing a competitor’s soft multifocal contact lens. The second patient was a 58-year-old woman who was a +1.00 hyperope with a +2.25 add and was wearing monovision-configured contact lenses.

“The responses from the patients were unsolicited, and yet each one enthusiastically stated that the comfort and vision were excellent,” said Dr. Martin. “They both left very satisfied with the lenses and had appointments made with Dr. Galehdari for their follow-up care. Both patients were fit in almost the same timeframe as a sphere patient.”

Read the full article here. For more information on Biofinity Multifocal, please click here. Do you have a Biofinity Multifocal success story you want to share? We want to hear it! Email us at blogadmin@coopervision.com and we may feature you in an upcoming blog post.

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