Minute to Clear, Comfortable Vision
you think it's impossible to fit a toric lens in about a minute? These practitioners
are doing just that, and you can, too.
of having astigmatic patients return to your chair two, three or four times to be
fitted for toric contact lenses, you may achieve success the first time around with
Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism. This lens quickly orients and stabilizes on the
eye within 60 seconds. This ability to fit a comfortable lens in about a minute
offers immediate gratification to you and your patients. Here's how these practitioners
are benefiting from this new lens.
I offer this lens to practically
everyone who's already wearing a toric lens.
Designed for Speed
introduction, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism was billed as "Zero to Fitting in 60
Seconds." For practitioners, that slogan is more than a catch phrase; it's a reality.
lens application, the scribe marks orient to the vertical meridian in about a minute,"
says Ashby C. Jones, O.D., Ph.D., San Francisco. "I take initial visual acuities
at about 3 minutes and can over-refract at 5 minutes. Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism
supports an efficient, reliable and straightforward fitting process that conserves
my chair time." Practitioners say fitting stability of this lens is an improvement
over other marketed lenses.
you apply Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism, it's very stable within a minute," says
John McClane III, O.D., Fernandina Beach, Fla.
one of the more exciting features of this lens. Its not a prism-ballast lens, like
many other lenses designed to correct astigmatism. We're not seeing torquing or
twisting of this lens during the blink." Fast orientation means practitioners can
fit Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism and can examine the patient immediately while
he's still in the chair.
"I can begin
my assessment immediately after applying both contact lenses," says Christian
Guier, O.D., Jacksonville, Fla. "I can have the patient cover an eye and begin reading.
Then I can do a slit lamp evaluation without delay. The toric alignment is typically
ideal, and the patients are already excited about the visual clarity. There is no
need to wait for the lens to settle. Patients love the comfort and rapid clarity,
and doctors love the efficiency and patient satisfaction." For practitioners, this
means quicker patient turnaround and happier patients.
in a busy practice with three ophthalmologists, and I see quite a few patients each
day, so saving time is very important to me," says Steve Lancaster, O.D., Jacksonville
Beach, Fla. "When I fit this lens, I don't have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for it
to equilibrate. This lens will settle in a minute or two, and if I'm satisfied with
the results, patients can leave with their lenses that day."
who've tried Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism are moving it to the front of the line.
Advance for Astigmatism quickly orients and stabilizes on the eye within 60
Out With the Old
In just a few
months since market introduction, the design, feel, fit and practicality of Acuvue
Advance for Astigmatism quickly is making this lens a must-have for contact lens
rapid orientation and exceptional stability of the lens have made it our first lens
of choice for astigmatic patients," says Thomas G. Quinn, O.D., Athens, Ohio. "I offer this lens
to all appropriate patients whose prescriptions fit the available parameters."
Tocker, O.D., Wilmington, Del., makes sure to tell his current and former toric
lens patients about this new technology. "I offer this lens to practically everyone
who's already wearing toric lenses or who wore them in the past," Dr. Tocker says.
"Other toric contact lenses they've worn aren't perfect because they all have design
compromises. Now, I'm fitting patients who were unsuccessful with other lenses because
they either dried out or moved out of position." This need to improve on existing
lens technology is helping drive acceptance of Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism.
look for patients who fit the lens parameters, but I also look for those who are
wearing old technology," says Chris Cooper, O.D., Memphis, Tenn. "Patients are paying
for our services and expertise, and we're doing them a disservice if we just rewrite
prescriptions and move patients forward without educating them. I embrace technology
and try to use it to improve a patient's eye care."
are presenting Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism to qualified patients, many of whom
don't know they can wear the lens. These patients often become new contact lens
explain the benefits of this lens to candidate patients by saying, 'I have a new
soft contact lens that can provide custom vision correction for your astigmatism,'"
Dr. Jones says. "'The lens is comfortable,
provides clear vision and provides a lot of oxygen for eye health. I'll apply a
pair now and check your vision after they've settled on your eyes.'" This straightforward
toric lens fitting process is a major benefit to attracting new patients.
"If they're not
currently wearing toric lenses, or they're trying them for the first time, I immediately
put patients in this lens," Dr. Tocker says. "If they are a current contact lens
wearer, I tell them I have a better toric lens I want them to try."
A Revolution in
of Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism has had an immediate impact on many practices;
with practitioners realizing astigmatic patients can achieve comfort and convenience
the first time they try this lens.
traditional toric lenses, the 15- to 20-minute wait after initial fitting and the
required return visits didn't place a premium on speed of fit and clarity. Patients
now experience sharper optics and greater lens comfort in the time it takes to walk
from the contact lens room to the exam chair.
part of the leadership team for Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism, I was eager to take
some of the trial lenses back to my practice for several patients I knew would benefit
from this new technology.
I went through
my records to find potential new wearers and had several patients scheduled to come
in as soon as I knew a set was going to be delivered. I also focused on patients
who'd had low astigmatic errors who would benefit from this lens immediately.
been pleased with the comfort and fit of this lens. Their response has been more
enthusiastic than I expected, very favorable and very positive. Patients are coming
back extremely happy with this lens, which offers comfort and clear vision.
Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: June 2005