Patient Success Story: Getting Contacts in Time for Prom

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, May 17, 2011

It's prom season. Most high school students spend the weeks leading up to prom prepping for the event - ordering flowers, renting a tux, shopping for the perfect dress. But what if you're a busy high school student who wears glasses, has a difficult-to-fit prescription, and wants to go to prom glasses-free? Maybe you've tried contacts before but never really had the best luck? Make an appointment to discuss CooperVision contacts with your eye care provider - CooperVision offers the most complete collection of spherical, toric and multifocal products available. Dr. Alan Glazier from Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care in Rockville, Maryland, shares a patient success story for one frustrated-turned-happy high school senior who was able to go to prom glasses-free:

Imagine this – you are a 17 year old senior – prom is less than a week away – you are being fit for contact lenses – you have a difficult contact lens prescription, the first few visits the lenses didn’t work for one reason or another and frustration is mounting as you wonder if contact lenses exist that may work for you.   Because of your high prescription, your lenses aren’t in stock at the doctors office. To make matters worse, with the narrow window of time before prom, there was no guarantee the lenses would arrive in time.

Fortunately, the representative from one of the leading contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision (Brian Christie) overheard some of the conversation.  CooperVision had recently expanded the parameters of trial contact lenses they provided to doctors offices, including extremely high powered lenses.  Brian reminded the technicians at Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care that he had days ago stocked the high powered trial lenses my anxious young patient needed.   CooperVision's extremely comfortable Proclear brand’s parameters were expanded to include powers high enough for almost any myopic prescription. Sure enough, there they were.  Dr. Glazier proceeded to fit the Proclear soft contact lenses. The Monthly disposable lenses fit my patient beautifully, gave her perfect 20/20 vision and she left with a smile from ear to ear, comforted in the knowledge that she would see well at her one and only senior prom.

Top takeaways:  Encourage your children and teenagers to get their eyes checked regularly, especially when wearing contact lenses.  Parents who don’t suspect any problems with their children's eyes should have them checked by age 4 at the latest.  If there is a pressing need for contact lenses, give yourself a two week leadtime, and for glasses at least 10 days.

Thank you Brian Christie and CooperVision!  

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