Resources for Contact Lenses
As practitioners, we often times run into that challenging soft multifocal patient, or that bitoric gas permeable lens fit that we can’t seem to get right. It is very helpful to know what resources we have to ensure success with contact lenses.
First of all, if you haven’t been to any of the hundreds of contact lens sponsored dinners lately, one of the first recommendations from the Big 4 (Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, B&L, Alcon, and Cooper) is to use the fitting guide! As one of my teachers, Dr. Tim Edrington, would tell us during school, ” The companies have spent thousands of dollars and a multitude of hours with doctors and patients perfecting the fitting guide.”
The fitting guide is based on hundreds of patients’ data and practitioner’s clinical findings. Always start with the fitting guide, and refer to the fitting guide when you run into a problem. If you still have questions or concerns, don’t forget to take advantage of your rep or simply call the consultation phone number for the company whose lens you are fitting.
Don’t forget about your consultant!
For gas permeable lenses, use the consultants! Consultants know their products and lens designs in and out, and they are truly experts in their brand of contact lenses. I am never scared or embarrassed to call or email my consultants when I am having trouble with a patient.
Another tip is to send them topographies, and photos/videos of the lens on the eye. This has increased my success rate tremendously. Also, there is a myriad of free resources such as written material (think Review of Contact Lenses, Contact Lens Spectrum, etc) and online resources (think gpli.info, sclerallens.org, and contactlenses.org).
These resources are totally free and can help many practitioners, from the beginning fitter to the advanced practitioner. I love using the archived webinars to learn more about the topic I am interested in. And they are FREE! And many of these webinars offer COPE credit too, so you can kill two birds with one stone!
Exciting Times for Optometry!
Contact lenses are one of the most exciting areas of optometry. I think it is so cool that we are truly the kings and queens of contact lenses. No other practitioner or field will ever be better than us.
We are true experts in contact lenses, and with the wide variety of soft contact lenses, custom soft, hybrid, gas permeable, and scleral designs, there is likely a contact lens option for most patients who are committed to pursuing the fit! Technology is constantly evolving, and it is great to observe the new developments in contact lens materials, optics, lens care systems, and coatings.
My goal for this contact lens blog will be to keep you updated on the recent trends and help you with tips for contact lens success. We will have incredible blogs from the contact lens gurus within the industry. Please feel free to email me anytime with topics that you would like to discuss! We are in an exciting era of contact lens innovation, and I can’t wait to see what is next!