CooperVision’s Avaira: A Comfortable Lens Wearing Experience

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Are you an eye doctor interested in upgrading your patients in a 2-week contact lens? Introduce them to Avaira.

As the only two-week lens to have polyethylene glycol (PEG), as an integral component of the contact lens, Avaira lenses provide comfort for patients. Not only at the end of each day, but during the entire wearing cycle. This is due in part to PEG’s ability to tightly bind water, helping maintain hydration, and helping eliminate the need for rewetting agents. Many patients are also intrinsically familiar with PEG's benefits because it is a key ingredient in leading dry eye relief drops.

The Avaira family of soft contact lenses is the only naturally wettable two-week silicone hydrogel contact lens. Made from a unique material that attracts and binds water to the lens, Avaira lenses stay moist and comfortable without surface treatments or wetting agents that can wash off as you clean your contacts as the result of our unique Aquaform® Technology. It creates a softer, more flexible lens material, which help contribute to Avaira's long-lasting comfort.

If you are attending the American Academy of Optometry Meeting in Phoenix this week, make sure to stop by the CooperVision booth to learn more about how Avaira can help grow your practice. For more information on the Avaira family of contact lenses, click here.

FREE Webinar Today on Patient Retention: Leveraging the 2-Week Modality

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Don’t miss out the third webinar that is part of the Building Your Practice series today. In this webinar, Dr. Steven Berger will discuss how the use of the 2-week modality can help you keep your contact lens patients comfortable, happy, and prevent them from dropping out!

We'll cover the major reasons — both economic and clinical — that cause patients to discontinue their lens wear, and effective methods to combat these issues.

Dr. Steven Berger, Owner/Operator of Eye to Eye Contact, is celebrating his 25th Anniversary in Delaware County. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Berger has also served as a professional advisor and speaker for both contact lens and spectacle manufacturers, allowing him to always keep a step ahead with the newest technology in optical products.

Make sure to click here to reserve your spot for this exciting webinar.

Don’t Miss It! Free Webinar on Patient Retention: Leveraging the 2 Week Modality

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, October 11, 2012

Are you interested in building your practice? Make sure to register for the third 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 you build your practice.

The third webinar in the series is on Patient Retention: Leveraging the 2 Week Modality) on October 17 at 9:00 pm (EST). Click here to register.

Retaining contact lens patients is critical to the economic health of any practice -- each patient that drops out can cost a practice $20,000 or more over the practice's lifetime. In this webinar, Dr. Steven Berger from Eye To Eye Contact will discuss how the use of the 2-week modality can help you keep your contact lens patients comfortable, happy, and prevent them from dropping out!

Dr. Berger will cover the major reasons -- both economic and clinical -- that cause patients to drop out of contact lens wear, and what ODs like you can do to prevent contact lens dropout.

There will be an open Q&A at the end of the talk, so make sure to bring your questions!

Dr. Steven Berger is an independent OD with his practice Eye to Eye Contact. With more than 25 years of experience, Dr. Berger has also served as a professional advisor and speaker for both contact lens and spectacle manufacturers, allowing him to always stay in the loop with the newest technology in optical products.

Contact Lens Options While On the Road

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A common question that contact lens wearers may ask is: “I travel a lot, what contact lens options are right for me?” While the best resource for this question is your eye doctor, there are more options than ever for contact lens wearers who travel. Here is a rundown of contact lens options that travelers may want to consider discussing with their eye doctor:

  • Daily disposable contact lenses: daily disposable contact lenses like CooperVision’s Proclear 1 Day contact lenses are a convenient option for patients who travel. Daily disposable contact lenses require very little contact lens maintenance so that means patients won’t have to worry about travelling with bottles of contact lens solution or contact lens cases. Patients also get to wear a fresh contact lens every day of their trip. Just make sure to pack extra pairs just in case.
  • 2 week contact lenses: If you happen to already wear 2 week contact lenses like Avaira, then you may prefer to use the contact lenses that you have when you travel. But comfort is still important since you will be traveling in airplanes that can dry out your eyes, long car rides, etc. Avaira contact lenses are the only naturally wettable two-week silicone hydrogel contact lenses. Made from a unique material that attracts and binds water to the lens, Avaira lenses stay moist and comfortable without surface treatments or wetting agents that can wash off as you clean your contacts. Ask your doctor about Avaira if you are interested in wearing 2 week contact lenses.
  • Monthly contact lenses: Some monthly contact lenses that have extended wear approval may be ideal for patients who need to travel because it is convenient to continuously wear contact lenses while you are travelling. CooperVision’s Biofinity contact lenses are FDA approved for extended wear for up to 7 days and 6 nights. Make sure to ask your eye doctor about extended wear if you want to travel with monthly contact lenses.

No matter what contact lens you decide to use while you are travelling, it helps to talk about a contact lens care and replacement schedules with your eye doctor. If you don’t have an eye doctor, you can find one using our Practitioner Locator.

All About Silicone Hydrogels

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, February 27, 2012

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Which Contact Lens Is Right For You?

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Contacts lenses are a safe and reliable way for eye care patients to correct their vision without compromising an active lifestyle. In fact, as we covered in a previous post about contact lenses and sports, the most important reason for younger patients switching contact lenses was because of sports activity However, sports is not the only reason that patients may want to switch from eyeglasses to contacts. Whatever the reason may be, it is important that patients to know what factors to consider when choosing a contact lens with their eye care practitioner.

CooperVision offers a great resource called “The Right Contact Lens For You .” It is a simple questionnaire that patients can use to find out which contact lens can help achieve the best vision, comfort and overall health. It is a great way for patients to start the contact lens conversation with their eye care practitioner.

Here are some other factors that patients should consider :

  • Astigmatism: As we wrote about in an earlier post , astigmatism is a common refractive error that causes vision to be blurry because the cornea is abnormally curved. If a patient has astigmatism, contacts lenses known as toric lenses may be recommended. CooperVision offers toric lenses in all of our brands: Proclear, Avaira, and Biofinity.
  • Modality: Contact lenses are typically grouped by how long a contact lens can be worn before it is replaced . This is known as modality. Currently, there are three different modalities for patients and eye care practitioners to choose from. The first is known as 1 day; or daily disposable contacts. These lenses are worn in the morning by the patient and discarded at night. This is a great modality in terms of convenience for patients. CooperVision offers a 1 day contact lens with the Proclear brand . The second modality patients can choose from is known as 2 week contacts. Patients who prefer this modality can benefit from a more cost effective alternative to daily disposables . CooperVision offers 2 week lenses with the Avaira brand . The final modality is the monthly wear contact lens. This is the most cost effective lens and is ideal for patients who can be sure to care for their lenses and be compliant with eye care practitioners’ advice. CooperVision offers a brand in this modality known as Biofinity .
  • Special Lifestyle Needs: Are you a patient that suffers from dry eyes or allergies? Do you need a contact lens that will remain comfortable from extended wear? Are you planning to sleep with your contact lenses? These are all special lifestyle questions that are important when it comes to selecting a contact lens. For more information on contact lenses, make sure to talk to an eye care practitioner near you.

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.

New Rebate Values Announced

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, July 21, 2011
Now through December 31st, 2011, your patients can save up to $100 on CooperVision contact lenses. The new rebate values range from savings of $10 to $80 and are valid on purchases of qualifying sphere, toric, and multifocal lenses. Combo rebates are also available in the form of Avaira Asphere/Toric purchases and Biofinity Asphere/Toric/Multifocal purchases. For your new to CooperVision contacts patients, an additional savings of $20 can be added to a qualifying CooperVision product purchase. 

For more information, including program terms and conditions, please visit www.coopervision.com/rebates.

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