Happy Administrative Professionals’ Day!

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Today is the 60th anniversary of Administrative Professionals’ Day! It is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. This year’s theme of “Admins, the pulse of the office,” reflects the changing roles of administrative professionals today. While the demands of administrative professionals have come to include new technologies, they always manage to incorporate it with their traditional role of being gatekeepers of any office; including optometry practices. They are the pulse of the office because they know what is going on and when.

Here are some fast facts on Administrative Professionals’ Day:

  • It was started in 1952 as "National Secretaries Week" by the National Secretaries Association (now known as the International Association of Administrative Professionals).
  • Mary Barrett, president of the National Secretaries Association, now called IAAP, and C. King Woodbridge, president of Dictaphone Corporation came up with the concept of "National Secretaries Week."
  • It was intended to not only recognize the hard work of administrative professionals, but to help attract new recruits to the field.
  • Today’s holiday is a nice tradition to appreciate professionals who work hard. We'd like to thank all of our wonderful support staff at CooperVision that helps us on a daily basis.

    We encourage eye care professionals to thank the administrative professionals in their staffs today. With more than 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the United States, according to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, and 8.9 million people working in various administrative support roles, they certainly make a big difference in every office.

Essential Eye Tips For Spring Outdoor Activities

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Now that spring is in the air, it is the perfect time for outdoor activities for many patients. But what do patients do if they want to be active but they need vision correction? Patients who wear eyeglasses may worry about them fogging up, breaking, or falling off their face while they are active.

For active patients, contact lenses may be a better alternative. Contact lenses allows for a wider field of peripheral vision, a greater array of protective eyewear, zero distortion of images, and optimal vision correction from all angles of gaze. While there are plenty of benefits of contact lenses for an active patient, there are still commonly asked questions about contact lenses and outdoor activities that an eyecare professional can answer. Here are some common questions about vision correction and outdoor activities:

What can I do to protect my eyes from UV rays?

An eyecare professional may recommend contact lenses with a UV tint. It is important to remember that while a contact lens may offer UV protection, it is limited to the area of your eye covered by the lenses. It is crucial to wear sunglasses with UV protection in order to ensure complete UV protection of the eye area. CooperVision offers a variety of contact lenses with a UV tint. You can learn more about CooperVision’s contact lenses here.

What do you recommend for overnight outdoor activities?

For convenience, daily disposables such as Proclear 1 Day contact lenses may be a good choice because it removes the hassle of having to remove or clean lenses at night. Wearers simply remove them after a day’s wear. There is no need to worry about lens storage. An eyecare professional can determine which patients are good candidates for daily disposables. For more in depth questions about contact lenses and outdoor activities, patients should talk to an eye care professional. CooperVision offers an eye care professional locator that allows patients to find a professional near them here.

In Case You Missed It: Daily Disposables in Your Practice

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, April 20, 2012

CooperVision held a webinar on making daily disposables a significant part of your practice on March 21. Did you miss it? Don’t worry; you can always access it in the OD Wire archive.

Daily disposable lenses have many advantages over other lens modalities. Whether its ocular health, convenience, or compliance, there are a variety of reasons that eye care professionals should consider making 1 Days a significant part of their practice. Are you ready to make "1 Days" a major part of your contact lens practice? This webinar, hosted by Dr. Kerry Gelb, offers concrete and practical advice on how to boost 1-Day usage in order to make this modality a large portion of your contact lens practice.

Specifically, Dr. Gelb discusses:

  • Advantages of 1 Days for Patients
  • Patient Compliance with 1 Days vs. Other Modalities
  • Overcoming a Patient's Financial Concerns with 1 Days
  • Trends in Market Share & Growth and How to Leverage These in your Eye Care Practice
  • A Discussion of the Greater Acceptance of the 1 Day Modality

Dr. Kerry Gelb graduated with honors from the Illinois College of Optometry and completed a one-year residency in the Diagnosis and Management of Ocular disease. He has been practicing in Woodbridge, NJ for the past 22 years. Dr. Gelb has been interviewed on both radio and television on topics related to ocular health. He frequently lectures on the topic of building a "One Day" contact lens practice, and has extensive knowledge and experience in the evaluation and fitting of specialty or "hard to fit" contact lenses.

You can access the Daily Disposables In Your Practice webinar here if you missed it the first time around!

Protect Eyes During Sports Activities

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 19, 2012

Did you know that eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in children in the United States? Most of these eye injuries are sports related. In fact, most eye injuries among kids ages 11-14 occur while playing sports. Of these eye injuries, almost 90% of them could have been prevented with the use of protective eyewear.

First, an eye exam before enrolling a child in any sport is important. An eye exam done by an eye care professional can help detect preexisting eye conditions in athletes. After an eye exam, an eyecare professional can recommend the best protective eyewear for that patient.

Protective eyewear includes safety glasses and goggles, safety shields, and eye guards designed for a particular sport. While protective eyewear does not include contact lenses, protective eyewear can easily be worn over them. In fact, all active children are encouraged to wear protective eyewear; not just children who need vision correction. Here is a breakdown of sports according to eye injury risks:

High Risk

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Hockey
  • Paintball
  • Racquetball
  • Softball
  • Squash

Moderate Risk

  • Football
  • Golf
  • Badminton
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Fishing

Low Risk

  • Bicycling
  • Diving
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

The National Eye Institute provides a list of recommended protective eyewear for specific sports here. You can talk to an eyecare professional about the right type of protective eyewear for your child and to ensure proper fit. Remember, protecting eyes during sports can help prevent blindness and permanent eye damage. Make sure to talk about eye safety and sports with an eyecare professional for more information.

Contact Lens Tips For Travel

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As you think about spring or summer trips, you could be wondering: “How do I travel with contact lenses?” A lot of patients choose to leave their contacts at home in favor of traditional eyeglasses in order to avoid any hassles with flying with contact lenses. In fact, a few years ago, a couple missed their honeymoon over a bottle of contact lens solution! The good news is that with these contact lens tips, contact lens wearers can look and feel great during their vacations this year.

  • Remember the 311 Rule:
  • TSA allows contact lens solution as an exception to their 3.4 oz liquids rule, but travelling with travel sized bottles of solution and rewetting drops may be more convenient. As a rule of thumb, travelers should remember the 311 rule. That means 3.4 oz of acceptable liquids in separate bottles, placed in one quart-size, zip-top, clear plastic bag. Once a traveler gets to the checkpoint, he or she should place that plastic bag in a separate bin to be scanned by a TSA agent.

  • Pack It All On Carry On:
  • Pack your contact lens solution, rewetting drops, and glasses in your carry-on bag to avoid problems if your checked-in luggage is delayed or lost. Cabin air tends to get dry, so keeping a bottle of rewetting drops can help prevent your contact lenses from drying out while you travel.

  • Consider Daily Disposables:
  • In order to prevent issues at TSA checkpoints and while packing, consider trying daily disposable lenses. With daily disposable lenses like CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day contact lenses, there is no need for contact lens cases or solution. Plus, contact lens wearers get the benefit of a fresh pair of contact lenses every day.

  • Pack Back Up:
  • In case you don’t wear daily disposables, make sure that you pack a few back up lenses in case your original pair gets torn or lost. Packing your eyeglasses just in case your eyes get too irritated for lens wear may be a good idea too. Always remember to call an eye care professional if you experience any severe eye discomfort.

Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 12, 2012
April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety month.More women suffer from visual impairments than men. Women are more susceptible to eye health issues because they tend to live longer than men. Women are also affected by hormonal factors, according to the National Eye Institute. The NEI states that of the 3.6 million Americans age 40 and older who suffer from visual impairment, including blindness, 2.3 million are women. Some other risk factors for visual impairment in women are age, smoking, poor nutrition, obesity. How can women ensure that they have optimal eye health? Here are some tips:
  • See An Eye Care Practitioner
  • Women should make regular eye exams a part of their health routine. Prevent Blindess America recommends everyone receive a comprehensive eye exam by age 40, if not earlier, and follow up care as recommended by an eye care practitioner. You can locate an eye care practitioner near you with CooperVision’s Find A Practitioner tool.
  • Learn More About Dry Eye
  • According to the National Women’s Health Resource Center, dry eye affects an estimated 3.2 million American women and 1.6 million American men over age 50. Hispanic and Asian women are more likely to be affected by symptoms of dry eye syndrome. If you are a woman who suffers from dry eye, make sure to ask your eye care practitioner about CooperVision’s Proclear lenses . They are the only contacts with FDA clearance for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."
  • Eat For Eye Health
  • Women should eat a diet that is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids to prevent vision loss from eye disease. For more information on eye health, make sure to visit our Facebook Timeline and follow us @CooperVision on Twitter.

Maintaining Patient Comfort and Fit

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

As an eye care professional, ensuring that your patient is comfortable and fitted correctly in a contact lens is essential. One of the main reasons that patients stop wearing contact lenses is because of discomfort. Eye care professionals can prevent contact lens dropout in their practices by maintaining patient comfort and fit.

However, there are patients that may be hard to fit. Finding the perfect fit with multifocal and toric contact lenses can take more time than with traditional spherical contact lenses. Fortunately, CooperVision offers a variety of tips and tools for eye care professionals , especially for hard to fit contact lens patients. Make sure to take advantage of our free fitting tips, tools, and resources in order to maximize fitting effectiveness and your practice’s efficiency:

  • Lens Locator: helps eye care professionals locate CooperVision lenses by prescription, schedule, or modality.
  • ToriTrak Calculator: helps eye care professionals use the most accurate method of fitting our toric contact lenses and is designed to eliminate errors in estimating lens rotation.
  • MultiTrak Calculator: eye care professionals can calculate multifocal lens parameters directly from a spectacle prescription or an over-refraction, using lens-on-eye information.

    CooperVision also offers additional resources like fitting consultants. Sign up for a My CooperVision account for exclusive access to all of these tools for your practice. Make sure to follow us @CooperVision on Twitter and like us on our Facebook ECP Timeline for the most current content on ways to help build your practice.

Optometry Giving Sight Updates

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, April 5, 2012

CooperVision has increased its partnership commitment to the organization Optometry Giving Sight by becoming a Platinum Global Sponsor, starting January 1, 2012. CooperVision had made a two year commitment to Optometry Giving Sight and is looking forward to building on the Gold Global Sponsorship that was announced last year. The partnership was warmly welcomed by staff throughout the organization. CooperVision customers also welcomed the partnership by making Optometry Giving Sight their International Charity of Choice. Patients can donate to the charity by donating all or a portion of their rebate when submitting their 2012 CooperVision rebate. Since January of this year, patients have contributed over $6,100 through the program with more donations to come.

“This is a huge vote of confidence in Optometry’s efforts to eliminate the backlog of uncorrected refractive error by the year 2020,” said Clive Miller, CEO for Optometry Giving Sight. “CooperVision’s support, along with that of our existing donors and Global and National sponsors, will help us to reach more people in underserved communities and transform the lives of millions in need by providing access to affordable and accessible eye care services delivered by locally trained ECPs.”

Mr. Miller noted that thanks to the support of the global Optometric community, Optometry Giving Sight is currently funding 26 projects in 18 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. They include support for Schools of Optometry, the establishment of vision centers, optical laboratories and training clinics, and outreach programs to provide services for those most in need.

Prescribing For Astigmatism

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

For eye care professionals, fitting contact lenses for patients with astigmatism can be challenging. However, the challenges can be worth the effort for some patients. Select astigmatic patients may benefit from contact lenses that can offer better vision than eyeglasses. Contact lenses may provide clearer vision and a wider field of view than eye glasses.

Soft contact lenses conform to the shape of the eye; which means that standard soft lenses may not seem effective in correcting astigmatism. But special toric soft contact lenses are available to provide a correction for many types of astigmatism. In fact, even patients who have low astigmatism (0.75DC to 1.00DC) benefit visually when fitted with toric soft lenses instead of with spherical soft lenses. A recent study reported that up to 30% of astigmatic patients reported that they had not tried toric soft lenses because their eye care practitioner did not recommend them. One reason why eye care practitioners shy away from prescribing toric lenses for low astigmatic patients is because they believe that patients can tolerate a constant slight blur from a spherical lens better than a sporadic blur from a rotationally unstable toric lens. So how do eye care professionals ensure the best fit for toric lenses on their astigmatic patients?

The key is that eye care practitioners are consistent with their fits. CooperVision offers eye care practitioner tools such as a ToriTrak Calculator , which can help eye care practitioners fit their astigmatic patients. It is the most accurate method of fitting our toric contact lenses and is designed to eliminate errors in estimating lens rotation. Make sure to register for other fitting tools here and to follow us on Twitter @CooperVision for more information.

Should I Get Contact Lenses?

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, April 2, 2012
Eye care patients may wonder: “Should I get contact lenses?” Eye care practitioners can help guide a patient to what works best for them, but there are some well known advantages of wearing contact lenses. Here are a few reasons that patients should consider when deciding to make the switch to contact lenses:

1)You See Better: With contact lenses, there is no loss of peripheral vision and there is a wider field of vision.

2)You Look Better: No matter how stylish eyeglasses are, the thickness of the lenses still can alter the size and shape of how eyes look. This means a distortion of how a person’s eyes look or even a distortion of a female wearer’s eye makeup. With contact lenses, it is hard to detect if a wearer is even wearing them. Contact lenses give wearers a more natural appearance.

3)You Feel Better: Wearing eyeglasses can literally be a pain. From ear strain to nose pinching, eyeglasses can cause discomfort. Eyeglass wearers have to worry about their frames falling off their face or even being pulled off by children. They also have to worry about their lenses fogging up or their lenses being distorted from rain drops in certain weather conditions. Wearing contact lenses means not having to worry about any of these things.

4)You Are Free To Be Active: Can you imagine playing any sport with eyeglasses? While it can be possible, it is a lot more difficult than it has to be. Imagine playing a sport like tennis with eyeglasses. There is a risk of eyeglasses falling off, getting broken, and even a loss of necessary peripheral vision. With contact lenses, patients have the freedom to be more active.

5)You Are Free To A Wider Array Of Sunglasses: Patients who wear eyeglasses are limited in terms of UV protection for their eyes. They will have to limit themselves to an additional pair of prescription sunglasses which can be limited, or find a pair that will fit over their eyeglasses. If a patient wears contact lenses, the patient can wear the latest sunglasses without ever having to worry about a prescription.

While these are just some reasons for contact lenses, there are plenty of other personal reasons for switching to contact lenses. For more information about locating an eye care professional who fits contact lenses, make sure to locate one with our Find A Practitioner locator .

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