Article Date: 6/1/2005

Now Entering the Comfort Zone
Astigmatic patients traditionally sacrifice comfort for vision in contact lenses. Not anymore.

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism is four times more flexible than any first-generation silicone hydrogel lens. This is made possible in part by Hydraclear technology.

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism is the only lens for astigmatic patients that combines the benefits of both hydrogel and silicone hydrogel to create an oxygen-rich material enhanced by a moisture-rich wetting agent.

Additionally, the lens features four dimensions that deliver exceptional comfort to the wearer.

The lens is designed to deliver all-day moisture that reduces end-of-day discomfort or irritation; provides a smooth fit; a soft and flexible feel; excellent breathability; plus the highest UV protection available in a toric lens.

With the flexibility of a non-silicone hydrogel lens and a lid interaction factor that harnesses the power of the blink, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism offers improved comfort for patients, a major factor in keeping current patients in contact lenses and bringing back dropouts, according to practitioners.

 

 
The first thing my patients notice about this lens is the comfort.

— Ashby C. Jones, O.D., Ph.D.

You Can Recapture Dropouts

Many toric lens dropouts are patients who've had significant fitting and serious comfort issues in the past. Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism is targeted directly at this audience, and practitioners are hoping patients will give this new lens a chance to correct their vision in a manner that works.

"In my experience, this lens has a much higher probability of meeting a patient's comfort expectations than any other toric lens I could fit," says Ashby C. Jones, O.D., Ph.D., San Francisco.

Others are finding that Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism is helping them recapture a segment of their practice that may not have been possible before.

"I've had several astigmatic patients drop out of their lenses. With this lens, I've succeeded in putting them back in a lens," says John McClane III, O.D., Fernandina Beach, Fla. "Their vision is stable, and they're very comfortable in this lens." A group that has traditionally felt underrepresented is now reaping the benefits of the latest in toric technology. And they are responding.

Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism offers a design that harnesses the power of the blink through a controlled lens/lid interaction.

"In my practice, I see patients who have tried toric lenses for up to 10 years. When they come in and I ask them, 'If I can give you comfort and vision, would you be interested in wearing contact lenses again?' they say 'Oh, my goodness, yes,'" says Allan Tocker, O.D., Wilmington, Del. "Historically, patients with astigmatism have been ignored. They were the last patients to get contact lenses, and in my opinion, the designs to treat astigmatism were substandard. Now there's a design that works, and people are starting to rethink their lens needs."

If patients have failed with other toric lenses, practitioners are confident Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism can bring many back.

"This lens represents an opportunity for patients who failed in toric lenses as little as 5 years ago," says Chris Cooper, O.D., Memphis, Tenn. "Many times, these patients believe 'Once I've failed, I'm always going to be a failure.' Now contact lenses are an option again. I'm proactively working with patients and introducing this technology. I can take care of these patients' needs with Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism."

Once a patient is in the practitioner's chair and hears about the benefits of this lens, he often agrees to try it.

"This lens has helped me save several patients from turning into dropouts," says Thomas G. Quinn, O.D., Athens, Ohio. "Most of my patients are pleased with the comfort and vision provided by this lens."

 

 

 


This lens has helped me save several patients from turning into dropouts.

— Thomas G. Quinn, O.D.

No Vision Trade-off for Comfort

From the moment patients apply their contact lenses to the end of the day, when other toric lenses tend to dry out and cause redness and itching, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism continues to provide comfort without sacrificing vision.

"Comfort and stability is just as important as vision," says Michael Slusky, O.D., Chicago. "Patients I've successfully fit with Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism have reported this lens to be the most comfortable lens they have ever worn. Furthermore, patients who require an astigmatism correction for only one eye have also reported very good comfort with Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism. I was impressed with the clarity of correction this lens could achieve, while maintaining the comfort found only in a spherical lens."

Harnessing the power of the blink has made converts of many patients.

"What my patients notice first about this lens is the comfort," Dr. Jones says. "Significantly, patients don't notice a difference in comfort wearing a spherical lens on one eye and Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism on the other eye. Patients don't complain about having to forcefully blink and move their eyes around intermittently during the day to reorient the lens."

The Hydraclear component is crucial to many practitioners who prescribe Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism.

"Hydraclear is a unique technology that makes the Acuvue Advance family the most comfortable lenses out there, even more than most other silicone hydrogels," says Michael P. Rosenblatt, O.D., Washington. "The combination of the flexibility and the moisture of the lens along with the oxygen permeability all work together for the patient's benefit."

Meeting the Challenge

Too often in the past, patients were faced with a difficult choice with their toric lenses: Vision or comfort?

Now with Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism that choice has been simplified into a toric lens that offers both. Patients no longer have to choose between vision and comfort with the breakthrough design of this lens.

Built to deliver clear, crisp vision on the first visit, Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism can be worn from early in the morning until nighttime with reduced discomfort or redness from drying eyes.

Harnessing the power of the blink doesn't need to mean sacrificing the impact of everyday comfort anymore. The Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism is leading to a revolution in patient satisfaction.

"The lens is easy to fit and comfortable to wear," Dr. Rosenblatt says. "Patients who wear this lens tell me it's the most comfortable toric lens they've ever worn."

 



Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: June 2005