Look Your Best After 40

Posted by CooperVision on Monday, August 20, 2012

Patients over the age 40 have the ability to look best they have ever looked. The key is to refine the look that you have been cultivating for years. Think of it as a great opportunity to look your best because you know what looks great on you and what trends to steer clear of. Here are some tips that can help you look your best in your 40s:

Ditch the Bifocals: If you are over 40, then you may need vision correction for presbyopia. As we have written about before, presbyopia is a condition that makes it difficult to read small print because the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible as a patient ages. A great option for vision correction is multifocal contact lenses. CooperVision has a variety of options such as Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses, Biofinity multifocal contact lenses, or even Proclear EP for early presbyopes. Make sure to talk to an eye doctor about which multifocal contact lens option is right for you.

Refine Your Look: The 40s are a time for patients to assess what is flattering and what is not. In terms of wardrobe, any style can work with any age as long as you pay attention to the details. For example, a patient over 40 can pull off a trendy pair of skinny jeans, but may want to pair the jeans with a tailored top. For men, it may be time to look for t-shirts that are fitted to be flattering versus a shapeless t-shirt. It is all about taking what you have worn for years but improving it with little details such as tailoring and length.

Soften Your Makeup: That bright glitter eyeshadow you used when you were in your 20s may not look so great in your 40s. The key to looking great in your 40s is to smudge and diffuse lines. Stick to neutrals and make sure to blend well in order to avoid looking too harsh. A smoky eye is timeless, but make sure to use softer colors like gray and taupe instead of black. If you wear contact lenses, make sure to check out our makeup tips for contact lens wearers here.

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.

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!

September is Healthy Aging Month

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Just like any other part of your body, your eyes age as you get older. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, here are a few tips to help keep your eyes healthy as you age.

  • Visit your eye care practitioner - comprehensive eye exams are recommended on a regular basis for adults and those who frequently use computers. For those 65 and older, as well as those with family history of eye disease, it is advised that you visit your eye care practitioner more frequently. To find an eye care practitioner near you, please click here.
  • Follow the 20-20-20 rule - if you frequently use computers, be sure to take a 20 second break after every 20 minutes of use. Stare at something approximately 20 feet away - this will allow your eyes to relax.
  • Stay up to date on the normal aging process for your eyes - continuously monitor your health and be aware of the normal changes to your eyes that occur with age. For a reference on vision conditions and eye health problems that commonly occur in older adults, please click here.

One of the most common changes to your vision as you age is an increased difficulty in performing near-vision tasks, like reading and close work. This is known as presbyopia, the worsening of vision that occurs with age. As you age, the lenses in your eyes thicken and lose their elasticity, and the muscles surrounding the lenses weaken. Presbyopia can be corrected with multifocal contact lenses or glasses. For more information on presbyopia, please click here.

New Streamlined Fitting Process

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, July 5, 2011
With last month's launch of Biofinity Multifocal, we also introduced a new, streamlined fitting approach. We worked closely with eye care professionals to develop the new approach based on real-world experiences and we are confident that it will allow you to fit even more patients with ease and flexibility.  Log In or Register to read more!

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Announcement of Biofinity Multifocal

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, June 23, 2011
Watch as Dr. Harvard Sylvan, Director of Professional Relations at CooperVision, announces the launch of Biofinity Multifocal at the 2011 Optometry's Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah. For best viewing, please temporarily increase the volume settings as a speaker was out for the majority of the announcement.

Announcement of Biofinity Multifocal

CooperVision Introduces Multifocal to Growing Biofinity® Brand

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, June 16, 2011
CooperVision, Inc. today formally announced the U.S. launch of Biofinity® Multifocal at the AOA conference in Salt Lake City, UT. Biofinity Multifocal is the latest addition to the Biofinity family of monthly replacement contact lenses. The product combines the Biofinity Asphere and Toric lens material with proven Balanced Progressive™ Technology.

In addition to the new product, CooperVision also introduced a new streamlined fitting approach.  Working closely with eye care practitioners, CooperVision developed the new process to make it easier for eye care practitioners to fit their patients and offer lens wearers an ideal combination of ease, comfort and eye health.

“One of the most important considerations for us in developing Biofinity Multifocal was listening to eye care professionals,” said Richard Clompus, OD, VP, Global Professional Relations at CooperVision. “Collaborating with the practitioners who work directly with lens wearers every day and understanding that every eye is unique—that's how we're able to bring outstanding new products to market time and again.”

In clinical testing, Biofinity Multifocal lenses outperformed other brands in a range of measurements, including end-of-the-day comfort, vision quality, and intent to continue with a lens.

Patients rated Biofinity Multifocal lenses as superior for overall satisfaction compared to both ACUVUE® OASYS® for PRESBYOPIA and PureVision® Multi-Focal after two weeks of wear.

CooperVision further validated the new fitting protocol through clinical testing with eye care practitioners, including Mile Brujic, OD of Premier Vision Group in Bowling Green, Ohio.

“It is a remarkably comfortable lens and this is important for our contact lens-wearing presbyopes,” Brujic said. “The sophisticated multifocal lens design makes it a versatile, uniquely-designed lens for even your most demanding presbyopic patients.”

“I had much greater success with Balanced Progressive Technology than ever before when I followed the new fitting steps to the letter,” said Jason Lake, OD of Eyecare Specialties in Warrensburg, Missouri. “The patient satisfaction was the highest I have encountered in any brand of multifocal contact lens and the visits were held to a minimum because the results were very predictable.”

“We are proud to offer our eye care practitioner partners another great tool to help improve their patients’ everyday lives with an easy-to-fit multifocal lens with superior comfort,” said Dennis Murphy, President, the Americas, CooperVision.

Biofinity Multifocal is currently available in the U.S. and France in sphere powers of +6.00 D to -8.00 D and in four ADD powers (+1.00, +1.50, +2.00, +2.50).  A D and N lens are available for each ADD power.

The product will be available in Canada later this fiscal year. CooperVision anticipates a rollout to more countries and regions in 2012. The launch of Biofinity Multifocal follows a successful product line of Biofinity Asphere and Toric lenses worldwide. Biofinity is currently CooperVision's fastest growing brand.

Eye care practitioners can visit www.coopervision.com for product details.

Live Multifocal Workshops

Posted by CooperVision on Thursday, June 9, 2011
With the launch of Biofinity Multifocal right around the corner, we're happy to announce that we will be hosting two live multifocal workshops at this year's Optometry's Meeting in Salt Lake City. Join us on Thursday the 16th (6:45 - 7:35 pm) or Friday the 17th (11:00 am - 12:00 pm) as renowned contact lens experts fit a contact lens patient, with no previous multifocal experience, with Biofinity Multifocal. Log In or Register to read more!

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