Growing Your Multifocal Practice

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, May 31, 2012

According to Contact Lens Spectrum, patients who suffer from presbyopia are projected to be the single largest group of potential contact lens wearers by 2018. With so many presbyopic patients flooding the market, fitting multifocal contact lenses is a smart way for eye care practitioners to grow their practices.

Presbyopic patients have not had too many options in the past when it came to contact lenses. As a result, contact lens usage drops among patients after the age of 45 which is when patients need vision correction because of presbyopia. The good news is that now, there are a lot of new multifocal contact lens options available. Is your practice ready to help fit these patients with new multifocal contact lenses?

Here are some tips to help you grow a successful multifocal practice:

  • Focus on Your Patients: It helps when eye care practitioners ask patients what they need vision correction for. Does the patient need it for precision work? Does the patient need uncompromised distance vision? Are there lifestyle needs that the patient has where eyeglasses are not a great option? It is easier for eye care practitioners to decide which patients may be the best candidates for multifocal contact lenses once those questions are answered.
  • Learn About Fitting For Presbyopes: Fitting prospective multifocal contact lens patients the first time can be challenging. Take advantage of contact lens manufacturers’ fitting tools in order to ensure that your patients are fit right the first time. CooperVision offers a fitting tool called the MultiTrak Calculator to help you calculate multifocal lens parameters directly from a spectacle prescription or an over-refraction, using lens-on-eye information. MultiTrack is available for your desktop computer and is a Web-based application, which gives you the added benefit of being able to order lenses directly from the application.
  • Follow Up: Patients with presbyopia will need a follow up just to ensure that the vision correction is ideal for them. Following up with patients after a few days will allow eye care practitioners to adjust the prescription in necessary or even recommend a different modality based on the patient’s lifestyle needs. For example, patients who would like to wake up and see right away may benefit from extended wear contact lenses such as CooperVision’s Biofinity Multifocal contact lenses. If patients don’t want to deal with the hassle of contact lens maintenance, there is even a daily disposable multifocal contact lens option. CooperVision just introduced Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses. Whatever the need your presbyopic patient has, there are options.

Make sure to take advantage of the latest multifocal contact lens offerings and watch your multifocal practice thrive!

Don’t Miss It! Free Webinar on Fitting Patients with Multifocal Daily Disposables

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Are you interested in building your practice? Make sure to catch today’s second part of a webinar series called Your Practice In Focus.

This second webinar is Fitting Patients With Multifocal Daily Disposables. Daily disposable lenses have many advantages over other lens modalities. It is a segment of contact lenses that is growing rapidly. Another significant segment is the presbyopic population. According to a recent study, 25 percent more people globally are expected to become presbyopic by the year 2020. This is incredibly significant given that the pool of presbyopes is already estimated at more than one billion worldwide.

However, the choices for lenses that are both multifocal and daily disposable are very limited. Eye care practitioners have had to have patients choose between vision performance and convenience, but that is no longer the case. With CooperVision’s Proclear® 1 day multifocal contact lenses, eye care practitioners will have a high performance multifocal contact lens that is also a convenient daily disposable.

This webinar, hosted by CooperVision’s Senior Manager of Clinical Research, Paul Chamberlain, will provide an overview of Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses and the benefits of building your multifocal practice. Don’t miss out! Make sure to register for this exciting webinar here.

CooperVision Introduces Proclear® 1 day multifocal lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More than one billion people worldwide have a vision condition called presbyopia, which is a natural decrease in the ability of the lens in the eye to change its shape to focus on close objects. We’ve all seen others struggle with trying to read menus and newspapers. Maybe it has even happened to you.

CooperVision announced the launch of Proclear® 1 day multifocal daily disposable contact lenses for patients like you who are looking for a convenient, comfortable, and healthier lens to wear full time, occasionally, or to complement progressive eyeglasses or reading glasses.

“When it comes to your vision or the way you live your life, we don’t think anyone should have to compromise,” said Dennis Murphy, Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, CooperVision. “With Proclear® 1 day multifocal lenses, vision is clear near, far, and in-between, without the need for spectacles.”

Not only is it a high performance contact lens, it is comfortable too. Proclear® is the only lens material cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the claim that it: “May provide improved comfort for those who experience dryness or mild discomfort during lens wear.” This is especially important for patients who often find that age-related dryness is an issue and deterrent for wearing contact lenses. Proclear® also offers natural biocompatibility, meaning that the lenses are made to imitate the cells of the human eye.

It is convenient too. With daily disposable lenses, the cost and hassle of contact lens maintenance is eliminated. And because the lenses are replaced each day, they are one of the healthiest contact lens options available. Proclear® 1 day multifocal lenses provide patients with the freedom to maintain an active and social lifestyle, allowing the wearer to decide whether to wear the lenses all day, part of the day, or reserve them for special situations. Plus, as your prescription changes, your eye care practitioner can easily adjust it, which means minimal disturbance to your vision, shorter appointments, and fewer follow-ups.

The lens will be launched initially in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and a number of European countries. Click here to learn more on the Proclear® 1 day multifocal.

Prom Ready With Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, May 24, 2012

It’s prom season! While most teens are counting down the days to prom by planning out what to wear, hair and makeup ideas, and even the limousine, some teens may want to consider adding an appointment with an eyecare practitioner for contact lenses to their prom calendar too.

Contact lenses allow teens to showcase themselves without having to hide behind their eyeglasses. For teens interested in wearing eye makeup to prom, eyeglasses can distort the way eye makeup looks , so contact lenses are the better option. There are a variety of contact lenses that teens can choose from, so talking things out with an eye care practitioner can help teen patients select the right contact lens for their specific needs. Some options for contact lenses include:

  • Daily Disposable Contact Lenses:Proclear 1 Day contact lenses that are convenient for occasional wear. So for teens who just love their eyeglasses, but want to feel different for prom night, daily disposables are a good choice. These contact lenses are low maintenance too!
  • Extended Wear Contact Lenses:For teen patients who may be too tired from prom at the end of the night to take off their contact lenses, options for extended overnight wear may be ideal. CooperVision offers Biofinity contact lenses for patients who may need overnight wear.

Whatever option teen patients choose, prom is a special night. Patients should contact an eyecare practitioner near them to learn more about their contact lens options for prom. Click here for a free trial!

Free Webinar on Fitting Patients with Multifocal Daily Disposables

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Are you interested in building your practice? Make sure to register for the second webinar in a three part series called Your Practice in Focus. This webinar series is in partnership with ODWire.org and will focus on important topics and trends that will help eye care practitioners build their practices. Make sure to attend all three if you can!

The second webinar in the series is Fitting Patients with Multifocal Daily Disposables.

According to a recent study, 25 percent more people globally are expected to become presbyopic by the year 2020. This is incredibly significant given that the pool of presbyopes is already estimated at more than one billion worldwide.

Is your practice ready?

Many eye care practitioners find that multifocal contact lenses can be hard to fit, and that success with patients is not always a guarantee. And given the limited daily disposable options for presbyopes, it has been hard to build out a robust multifocal practice for some eye care practitioners.

CooperVision is offering this free webinar on fitting multifocal patients with Proclear® 1 day multifocal contact lenses on May 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm EST. The webinar will introduce a new, simple to fit, daily disposable multifocal lens that you can use to build out your multifocal practice.

CooperVision’s Senior Manager of Clinical Research, Paul Chamberlain, will go over the basics of this exciting new product and answer all of your questions about this new contact lens option for your multifocal patients. Make sure to register here for your chance to learn about this innovative new contact lens and expand your practice.

Working Out With Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, May 21, 2012

Working out at the gym with eyeglasses can be challenging. As we wrote in a previous post, eyeglasses can fog up, fall off the face, or even break during strenuous physical activities. For active patients, contact lenses may be more convenient. Contact lenses allows for a wider field of peripheral vision and more options with protective eyewear. It allows patients to participate freely in more intense sports such as football, squash and soccer.

However, with intense sports, patients may possibly have to deal with comfort issues. Here are some tips that will help patients work up a sweat comfortably and safely:

  • Wash your hands before handling contact lenses
  • Don’t expose contact lenses to any water
  • Never let soaps, cosmetics, or any other substances come into contact with your contact lenses
  • Daily disposable contact lenses like CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day lenses are convenient because there is no need to pack contact lens solution or worry about contact lens maintenance. After the day is over, patients can throw away the lenses and use fresh lenses the next day. This eliminates concerns over protein deposits or buildup.
  • While wearing daily disposable contact lenses is ideal for gym goers, if you don’t wear daily disposables, make sure to pack a contact lens case, contact lens solution, and back up eyeglasses in your gym bag.

Working out with contact lenses can be convenient if patients are prepared. For more information about contact lenses, contact an eye care practitioner near you using CooperVision’s Find A Practitioner tool.

Questions to Ask About Patient Compliance

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, May 17, 2012

With as many advancements as there are with contact lenses, most eye care practitioners still wish their patients were fully compliant. Patients who are not compliant can put themselves at risk for conditions such as corneal infections.

How can eye care practitioners help improve patient compliance?

First, eye care practitioners should think about signs that patients may not be compliant. The Review of Optometry recommends that eye care practitioners ask patients the following questions in order to assess patient compliance:

  • What contact lens solution do you use? This question allows eye care practitioners to gauge how often the patient is using their solution. If a patient can’t answer this question, then the patient may need more education about the importance of cleaning and storing contact lenses in solution.
  • How often do you sleep in your lenses? Most patients have slept in their contact lenses from time to time. This question allows eye care practitioners to decide how often patients do this in order to recommend specific modalities. For example, a monthly contact lens with the capability of extended wear may be a good recommendation for patients who sleep in their lenses more often.
  • Can you show me your contact lens case? If an eye care practitioner can see the condition of the wearer’s case, it will give the eye care practitioner an idea about typical routine of the patient. If a contact lens case is dirty or in poor condition, then the eye care practitioner may want to spend more time discussing compliance with the patient.
  • Can you show me your typical cleaning and removal routine? Asking patients to show how they care for their lenses on a daily basis can reveal a lot about compliance. For example, some eye care practitioners will find that some patients simply remove lenses without cleaning them and store them in old solution!

Just taking the time to ask patients some open ended questions can help guide eye care practitioners to give the right recommendations in order to ensure patient compliance. Make sure to visit the On Eye blog for our recommendations in order to ensure patients compliance coming soon!

Contact Lenses and Weddings

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wedding season is coming up soon, and there are lots of patients who may be wondering “Should I get contact lenses for an upcoming wedding?” Contact lenses are not just for brides. Patients who are parents of the happy couple, maids of honor, or even the best man may want to consider switching from eye glasses to contact lenses for the big day. Here are some tips to help get the conversation started with an eye care professional:

Make sure to start the conversation early

Since it may take time to schedule an exam and try out different lenses and modalities, patients should try to start talking about switching to contact lenses for a big event like a wedding as soon as possible. This allows patients the ability to try out different options in terms of contact lens replacement schedules, or even different contact lens materials.

Think about overall lifestyle versus a onetime event

Patients should consider what type of lifestyle they lead and what they expect from contact lenses. Do patients want to wake up and be able to see right away? If so, CooperVision offers Biofinity contact lenses which have been approved by the FDA for extended wear for 7 days and 6 nights. If a patient wants a convenient contact lens that is ideal for an on the go lifestyle, then daily disposables such as CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day contact lenses may be a good option. We even have a convenient option for patients who want to wear multifocal contact lenses occasionally with Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses.

Think about situations where eyeglasses may not work

Most patients have certain circumstances or times that they do not want to wear eyeglasses. If a patient and eye care professional can focus on exactly why wearing eyeglasses may not work for these situations, it can help narrow down some choices for contact lenses based on what the patient may need. For more information, patients can locate an eye care professional near them using the CooperVision’s Find A Practitioner Tool.

Makeup Dos and Don’ts with Contacts

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, May 11, 2012

Makeup and contact lenses can be a challenging combination, but with the right precautions, contact lens wearers can look and feel great. While we have covered this topic of makeup and contact lenses before, here are some fresh tips on what to do and not to do when dealing with makeup and contact lenses:

DO:

  • Wash your hands before you handle contact lenses.
  • Insert contact lenses before putting on your makeup in order to avoid transferring any oils, creams, makeup or lotions to the lenses.
  • Use hypoallergenic makeup or oil free makeup. Some brands even label if a product is contact lens friendly.
  • Gently apply eye makeup so that you don’t move your lenses too much.
  • Consider using waterproof eye makeup to prevent smudging or flaking.
  • Apply powder makeup carefully with eyes closed if possible to prevent flecks of makeup from getting on lenses.

DON’T:

  • Apply makeup if your eyes are red, swollen or painful.
  • Wear lash building mascara because it tends to flake easily.
  • Wear mascara starting at the base of your eyelashes. Try applying from the midpoint of your lashes to the ends.
  • Tightline (apply eyeliner in the waterline of your eyes).
  • Wear contact lenses in salons. Fumes can damage contact lenses.
  • Share makeup.
  • Use eyelash cement, hairspray, perfume, or nail polish remover near your lenses. They can damage them.

Used properly, makeup can safely enhance the beauty of your eyes. However, if you do run into any problems with your vision or your contact lenses, make sure to remove them immediately and contact an eye care professional

Trying Contacts After 40

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, May 7, 2012

Patients who may have had perfect vision all of their life will start to notice vision issues after the age of 40. This is a normal part of the aging process. Just like a patient’s body, a patient’s eyes will change after time. Aging changes in various parts of the eye can result in a number of noticeable differences in how well a patient can see.

One issue that affects older patients is presbyopia. As we wrote about in a previous blog post, presbyopia is a condition that affects patients over the age of 40. It’s a natural process that makes it difficult to read small print because the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. This flexibility allows the eye to change focus from objects that are far to objects that are close. While it is a normal part of the aging process, it can be a cause of frustration for some patients. The good news is that there are a variety of different options to correct presbyopia. Some common options are bifocal glasses, reading glasses, or contact lenses. Here are some contact lens options for presbyopic patients:

  • Proclear EP: For patients who are showing early signs of presbyopia, CooperVision has contact lenses called Proclear EP. Proclear EP is the first and only contact lens designed specifically for people who are just beginning to have trouble reading small type and seeing objects up close because of presbyopia.
  • Proclear Multifocal: Proclear Multifocal contact lenses are the only lenses designed to address two common conditions experienced by those with aging eyes: presbyopia and eye dryness. In fact, only Proclear lenses are cleared by the FDA for the claim: "may provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear."
  • Proclear Multifocal Toric: Proclear Multifocal Toric contact lenses are the only monthly replacement lens designed to address both astigmatism and presbyopia. As we wrote about in a previous post, astigmatism is a common refractive error that causes vision to be out of focus because the cornea is abnormally curved. So for patients who have both astigmatism and presbyopia, there is an option!
  • Biofinity Multifocal: CooperVision's Biofinity Multifocal is a high-performance, monthly silicone hydrogel lens for patients with presbyopia. It provides excellent vision at distance, intermediate and near with Balanced Progressive Technology multifocal contact lens design. Since these contact lenses are an extended wear option, an eyecare professional can recommend these contact lenses for patients who require overnight wear.
  • Proclear 1 Day Multifocal: Coming soon, CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day Multifocal contact lenses will be the newest offering for presbyopic patients. This is a great option for patients who want the convenience of a daily disposable contact lens but need vision correction for presbyopia. Look for it in early summer!

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