Fitting Toric Contact Lenses

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, January 23, 2013

As an eye care professional, you know that not all patients are the same with the same needs. Some patients may need a little extra time when it comes to fitting them with the right contact lenses. These include patients who have astigmatism that may need to be fit with toric contact lenses. As a world leader of toric contact lenses, CooperVision has the products and the expertise to help you successfully fit toric lenses.

Here are some helpful tips that you can use when you want to fit toric contact lenses:

Ask yourself the right questions:

  • Is this patient a candidate for toric soft contact lenses?
  • What material best meets the patient's vision and lifestyle needs?
  • Which lens is available for the parameters that are necessary to fit the patient?

Make sure that you know what tools are available to you.

CooperVision offers a variety of support when it comes to fitting toric contact lenses. In fact, we have an entire section devoted to you on our practitioner website that gives you easy access to a variety of helpful toric fitting information, including procedures for diagnostic and empirical fitting, helpful case studies, and much more.

Use the fitting guides offered by contact lens manufacturers.

It is essential to fit your patient correctly with a toric contact lens if you want a successful practice. So why not use the tools offered to you by contact lens manufacturers that can help you do that? CooperVision offers a great tool called the ToriTrak Calculator that is the most accurate method of fitting our toric contact lenses and is designed to eliminate errors in estimating lens rotation.

No matter what your fitting needs may be, CooperVision is able to provide you with the tools to fit your toric patients.

Maintaining Patient Comfort and Fit

Posted by CooperVision on Tuesday, April 10, 2012

As an eye care professional, ensuring that your patient is comfortable and fitted correctly in a contact lens is essential. One of the main reasons that patients stop wearing contact lenses is because of discomfort. Eye care professionals can prevent contact lens dropout in their practices by maintaining patient comfort and fit.

However, there are patients that may be hard to fit. Finding the perfect fit with multifocal and toric contact lenses can take more time than with traditional spherical contact lenses. Fortunately, CooperVision offers a variety of tips and tools for eye care professionals , especially for hard to fit contact lens patients. Make sure to take advantage of our free fitting tips, tools, and resources in order to maximize fitting effectiveness and your practice’s efficiency:

  • Lens Locator: helps eye care professionals locate CooperVision lenses by prescription, schedule, or modality.
  • ToriTrak Calculator: helps eye care professionals use the most accurate method of fitting our toric contact lenses and is designed to eliminate errors in estimating lens rotation.
  • MultiTrak Calculator: eye care professionals can calculate multifocal lens parameters directly from a spectacle prescription or an over-refraction, using lens-on-eye information.

    CooperVision also offers additional resources like fitting consultants. Sign up for a My CooperVision account for exclusive access to all of these tools for your practice. Make sure to follow us @CooperVision on Twitter and like us on our Facebook ECP Timeline for the most current content on ways to help build your practice.

Prescribing For Astigmatism

Posted by CooperVision on Wednesday, April 4, 2012

For eye care professionals, fitting contact lenses for patients with astigmatism can be challenging. However, the challenges can be worth the effort for some patients. Select astigmatic patients may benefit from contact lenses that can offer better vision than eyeglasses. Contact lenses may provide clearer vision and a wider field of view than eye glasses.

Soft contact lenses conform to the shape of the eye; which means that standard soft lenses may not seem effective in correcting astigmatism. But special toric soft contact lenses are available to provide a correction for many types of astigmatism. In fact, even patients who have low astigmatism (0.75DC to 1.00DC) benefit visually when fitted with toric soft lenses instead of with spherical soft lenses. A recent study reported that up to 30% of astigmatic patients reported that they had not tried toric soft lenses because their eye care practitioner did not recommend them. One reason why eye care practitioners shy away from prescribing toric lenses for low astigmatic patients is because they believe that patients can tolerate a constant slight blur from a spherical lens better than a sporadic blur from a rotationally unstable toric lens. So how do eye care professionals ensure the best fit for toric lenses on their astigmatic patients?

The key is that eye care practitioners are consistent with their fits. CooperVision offers eye care practitioner tools such as a ToriTrak Calculator , which can help eye care practitioners fit their astigmatic patients. It is the most accurate method of fitting our toric contact lenses and is designed to eliminate errors in estimating lens rotation. Make sure to register for other fitting tools here and to follow us on Twitter @CooperVision for more information.

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