and Loyal Patients
JOSEPH T. BARR, OD, MS, FAAO, EDITOR
not easy to write something new about GPs. Products that are reliable, durable, high-performing,
accurate and healthy are not necessarily always exciting. So many people have tried
to make the GP market grow, and sorrowfully many of them
have left us. We thought a
few years ago that orthokeratology/
CRT/call it what yuu may would grow
lens field, but it doesn't seem to be happening in any grand way.
So we'll continue to use GP lenses, especially for corneal astigmatism
and irregular corneas and increasingly for presbyopia. Indeed, many of our most loyal
patients are those who wear alternating vision (translating) bifocals who just can't
stand to wear glasses most of the time and who need very accurate vision. They're
unlikely to seek care elsewhere when you treat them successfully. You can't say that
about many patients today unless your service is uncompromising.
The same applies for irregular astigmatism, keratoconus and refractive
surgery train-wreck patients. They're hard to manage, but you get to know them well
and they stay with you once you find the best option for them even though it usually
takes some time and effort. For these patients and for others such as bitoric
GP patients who have high myopia and hyperopic astigmatism patients with lenticular
lenses who just can't see well enough with a soft toric lens you need to charge
fully for your servics so that you're properly compensated for your time and effort.
The folloning Web sites can help you with GP and keratoconus lens care.
www.nkcf.org for the National Keratoconus
Foundation where you can find help with billing for your medically necessary GP lens
Also, keep in mind that this coming January 25-28 we will be sponsoring
a major meeting: The Global Keratoconus Congress in Las Vegas. More information about
this meeting is available at the clspectrum.com Web site.
Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: October 2006