on Thursday, June 7, 2012
Older women may not know, but dry eyes are a condition commonly associated with menopause. In fact, according to the Society of Women’s Health Research, 62% of women have dry eye symptoms but only 16% of them knew that it may be linked to menopause.
While the cause of dry eyes in menopausal women is not yet known, some theories are that menopausal women have a decrease in certain hormones that help with tear production, or menopausal women experience a disruption of chemical signals that maintain a healthy tear film. Whatever the cause may be, dry eyes can affect a patient’s quality of life.
Some symptoms of dry eye are irritated, scratchy, dry, uncomfortable, or red eyes; a burning sensation, foreign body sensation in your eyes, and blurred vision. Excessive dry eyes may damage eye tissue, scar corneas, and impair vision. Dry eye symptoms tend to be worse at the end of the day; after a long time reading, or looking at a computer screen.
Patients with dry eyes don’t need suffer in silence. There are treatments available to patients to help alleviate the symptoms of dry eyes. An eye care practitioner can recommend a variety of remedies. Some remedies include eye drops, dietary supplements of omega-3 fatty acids, or a combination of remedies.
For patients interested in wearing contact lenses, an eye care practitioner may be able to direct dry eye patients to a contact lens that suits their special needs. Proclear lenses such as Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses are the only contact lenses on the market to carry the FDA-approved labeling statement, ‘May provide improved comfort for contact lens wearers who experience mild discomfort or symptoms relating to dryness during lens wear.’
Make sure to see an eye care practitioner if you want to learn more about dry eyes and menopause.
on Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Usually, people between the ages of 40 and 45 will start to see the effects of presbyopia. As we wrote about in a previous post, presbyopia is a natural process that makes it difficult to read small print because the lens inside the eye becomes less flexible. This flexibility is what allows the eye to change focus from objects that are far to objects that are close.
Your eye doctor can suggest a variety of options to correct presbyopia. Some common options to correct presbyopia include:
- Reading Glasses: Patients can use these for reading, computer use, and other activities that require close vision.
- Bifocal, Trifocal or Progressive Glasses: These are worn for seeing at all distances. However, since the reading portion is in the lower part of the lenses, seeing up close in a straight ahead gaze is difficult. Since people typically use computers with the screen directly in front of them, this is not an ideal situation. Another issue is that the reading area and field of view of these eyeglasses is relatively small. This requires patients to move their head in order to see wider areas like a computer screen or newspaper.
- Monovision Contact Lenses: One way to wear contact lenses for presbyopia is to wear one lens for reading in one eye and one lens in the opposite eye for seeing in the distance (or just one lens in one eye for reading - if no distance prescription is necessary). This is called monovision. The problem with monovision is that you are only seeing with one eye at either distance or near and your vision in between them may be blurred. You also lose depth perception and the vision is never as clear as when both eyes are seeing at the same distance.
- Multifocal Contact Lenses: This is another option for people with presbyopia. Like progressive glasses, the vision is corrected for all distances. However with contact lenses, a person is always looking through the center of the lens. Both the distance and near corrections have to be in the center of the lens. This creates simultaneous vision where both near and distance images are created. It takes some time for patients to adjust because the brain has to learn to select the clearer image depending on what is being viewed. The advantage of multifocal contacts is that anywhere that you look, you are looking through the center of the lens. It is also a great option for patients who are active and want to look their best.
CooperVision offers a variety of multifocal contact lens choices. The latest offering is to ask your eye doctor about is a daily disposable multifocal contact lens called Proclear 1 day multifocal contact lenses. Make sure to ask your eye doctor about what option is best for you.
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!
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.
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!