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.

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.

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!

Contact Lens Tips For Spring

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, March 13, 2012

As the weather gets warmer, eye care concerns for contact lens patients can change. Here are some contact lens tips and trends for spring 2012:

  • Learn About Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Since the announcement and pending arrival of the iPad 3 this spring, eye care professionals are getting more concerned about the possibility of computer vision among patients who use smaller electronic devices. Computer vision syndrome is a term used to describe a a group of eye and vision related problems that stem from the extended use of a computer. The most common symptoms of computer vision are: eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, dry eye, and neck and shoulder pain. Eye patients with computer vision may want to consider a contact lens that provides improved comfort for mild dryness or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear. CooperVision’s Proclear lenses are the only contact lenses that are approved by the FDA to do just that.

  • Beat Allergies
  • Allergy sufferers know that their allergies seem the worst in the springtime. One of the worst things about allergies is that they make contact lens wearers suffer from red, puffy, and itchy eyes. As we wrote in a previous post, daily disposables may be recommended to allergy sufferers over other contacts since they are discarded after each use; eliminating the accumulation of allergy-causing debris on the lenses from day to day. In fact, there have been clinical studies that show how daily disposable lenses can significantly reduce the number of eye symptoms among allergy sufferers. CooperVision Proclear One Day daily disposable lenses may be an option to consider.
  • Avoid Water
  • Make sure that you don’t wear your contact lenses while swimming in lakes, showering, or even washing your face. All of that water can lead to exposure to the Acanthamoeba , an organism that commonly lives in tap water and lakes and can lead to difficult to treat, painful, and even blinding infections," explains Thomas L. Steinemann, an ophthalmologist and professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.

    Remember to stay tuned to the On Eye Blog for more information about your eyes and contact lenses.

All About Low Vision

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Low vision is a term that is used for patients that have visual acuities ranging from 20/70 or lower and can’t be fully corrected with glasses, contacts, or surgery. Patients with low vision are different from patients who are blind because low vision patients have some useful sight. However, many low vision patients are not able to perform daily tasks such as reading, driving, or even differentiating colors and shapes from a distance.

There are a variety of causes of low vision. Some of the most common causes of low vision are:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Birth Defects
  • Diabetes
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Injuries
  • Inherited Diseases
  • Aging

The loss of vision can be devastating for some patients; especially once they learn that their vision can never be restored. It is important for patients to see an eye care professional if they experience symptoms of vision loss. Some symptoms of vision loss are:

  • Not being able to read
  • Not being able to write
  • Having a hard time watching television
  • Not being able to shop
  • Being unable to drive
  • Having a hard time recognizing faces
Another symptom low vision patients may encounter is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome. This is when patients see things that are not really there. This is not a mental issue. This is simply the brain trying to replace images that the eye can’t see. These symptoms can often startle or upset patients. However, it is important to remember that patients with low vision have support groups, visual aids, and other resources available to them. For more information on low vision resources, click here.

Caring For Your Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, February 29, 2012

It may be hard to remember everything you need to know about caring for your contact lenses. While an eye care professional is the best resource when it comes to contact lens care, here are some basic tips :

  • Make sure that you wash your hands with a mild soap and dry them with a lint-free towel before touching your contacts.
  • In order to prevent lens mix ups, insert or remove your contacts in the same order (left then right or vice versa).
  • Clean, rinse, and disinfect your contact lenses following the instructions given to you by your eye care practitioner each time you remove them.
  • Keep all solution bottles closed when not in use to prevent possible contamination.
  • Make sure that you clean your contact lens case daily.
  • Every three months, make sure that you replace your contact lens case.
  • Before you go swimming, remove contact lenses.

Some things to avoid doing with your contact lenses are :

  • Don’t spit on your lenses to clean them.
  • Don’t use tap water, bottled water, or salt water made at home to store or clean your lenses. Using them can cause infections.
  • Don’t mix different cleaners or drops.
  • Don’t allow lotions, creams, or sprays touch your lenses.
  • Avoid using eyeliner on the inside of your lower eyelid.
  • Avoid wearing your lenses when you are using cleaning products.
  • Never wear daily-wear lenses when you sleep (napping counts as sleep).
  • Avoid wearing your contact lenses longer than your eye care practitioner advises you to.

If you want to learn more about caring for your contact lenses, check out this

video on our YouTube channel .

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