Article Date: 6/1/2005

Join the Revolution in Astigmatic Patient Care
Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism represents a fresh contact lens option for a patient segment that's ready for change.

Long underrepresented in the development of contact lenses, astigmatic patients now enjoy access to a new Accelerated Stabilization Design that delivers stable vision, all-day comfort and can be fit in a fraction of the time required by other toric contact lenses.

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism features the patented Hydraclear technology, which is the brand name for the proprietary technology that brings together a remarkable moisture-rich wetting agent with high performance base materials to form clear, wettable lenses, resulting in a unique silky, soft feel. In this article, several practitioners describe their experience with Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism and its impact on their practices.

 

 
With Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism, the number of visits is decreasing while office efficiencies are increasing.

— Chris Cooper, O.D.

Better Fit the First Visit

Contact lens practitioners and their patients usually are pressed for time, with packed schedules and overlapping commitments the norm. Nevertheless, expectations are high, especially for patients seeking contact lenses, and that first visit is crucial.

"Since I began fitting Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism, the number of visits needed to fine-tune the fit has decreased quite a bit," says John McClane III, O.D., Fernandina Beach, Fla. "Usually, I'd see a patient three times. Now, most of the time, these lenses fit at the first visit."

Saving valuable chair time while fitting patients correctly the first time is a key component of this lens. "Chair time is extremely important for all involved," says Steve Lancaster, O.D., Jacksonville Beach, Fla. "With these lenses, my patients are impressed because I have them in stock; they can leave the same day with the lenses and their visual acuity is sharp and clear the first time."

These achievements are a testament to the breakthrough Accelerated Stabilization Design, which speeds lens orientation. This advanced design is causing a revolution in the treatment of astigmatism.

Active Eye-Lens Stabilization

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism is designed to minimize interaction between eyelid and lens when the lens is correctly positioned. Unlike other toric contact lenses, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism harnesses the power of the blink to work for the patient.

For patients who've worn toric lenses before and experienced what some practitioners call "tolerable toric blur," the design of this lens is a welcome relief. "Once the lens equilibrates, it is less likely to rotate out of position with a blink or eye movement," says Ashby C. Jones, O.D., Ph.D., San Francisco. "Continuous, active eye-lens stabilization means my patients experience less intermittent blur during the day, which is common with other toric lens designs I've used."

Contact lens practitioners say Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism takes some of the guesswork out of selecting a lens.

"When I see an astigmatic patient, I don't want to worry about which lens is best," says Allan Tocker, O.D., Wilmington, Del. "I don't want to apply a lens, keep my fingers crossed and ask the patient, 'Can you see?' This lens gives me and my patients instant gratification."

Exceptional Comfort and Health

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism allows about 100% of available oxygen to reach the cornea, providing more comfortable all-day wear and, according to contact lens practitioners, creating a new standard.

"Allowing oxygen to reach the cornea while still retaining comfort is essential to a patient's health," says Michael P. Rosenblatt, O.D., Washington. "We know more oxygen is advantageous for all-day wear, but a lens still needs to be comfortable. This lens meets both criteria."

Besides excellent oxygen transmissibility, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism features other properties that influence comfort. All-day moisture and a smooth fit, combined with a soft and flexible feel, give patients a comfortable toric lens.

Higher Dk/t in the silicone-hydrogel material helps support corneal health.

Upgrading for Low-Cylinder Patients

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism lets patients with low-cylinder astigmatism experience the feeling of a spherical lens and the vision of a toric lens. Patients no long have to settle for "20/happy" vision.

"Some of my patients are very demanding, and they're tired of seeing 20/20-minus," Dr. Lancaster says. "They want sharp, crisp vision throughout the day, and this lens provides that."

Many contact lens practitioners are reporting from personal wearing experience when they discuss Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism. "I'm nearsighted with about 0.75D of cylinder," Dr. McClane says. "I've always worn spherical lenses, which corrected my vision to about 20/30. Now, I wear Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism lenses. My vision is 20/20, and I'm much more comfortable."

 

 

 


Patients want outstanding and reproducible visual clarity, lasting comfort and ocular health.

— Christian Guier, O.D.

Zero to Happy in 60 Seconds

Contact lens practitioners all agree on one thing: This lens is long overdue for a patient population whose needs have not been met satisfactorily until now. "Patients want outstanding and reproducible visual clarity, lasting comfort and ocular health," says Christian Guier, O.D., Jacksonville, Fla. "I enjoy offering this new option, which allows a very straightforward fitting technique and rapid results for both the patient and doctor."

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism has made converts of many practitioners who feel they do their patients, and their profession, a disservice if they can't offer the latest technology.

"Even though some of us may be slow to change, our patients certainly are not," says Chris Cooper, O.D., Memphis, Tenn. "They're looking for practitioners who are forward-thinking, progressive and using new technology. So I present this lens to my patients by saying, 'This is the first significant change in astigmatic lens design in 15 years,' and they respond in a positive manner when they are fit with the lens."

For a Healthy Eye

In the past, astigmatic patients have made too many office trips, tried too many lenses and experienced disappointing results, say these contact lens practitioners. Built for speed and ease of use and designed for vision and comfort, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism offers a solution for these patients. And the patients appreciate it.

 



Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: June 2005