Eyecare Business April

APR 2017

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72 E y e c a r e B u s i n e s s . c o m April 2017 F E A T U R E C O N T A C T L E N S E S EB 3 expert ECPs weigh in on matching contact lens materials + modalities to the specific needs of sports and active pursuits B Y S T E P H A N I E K . D E L O N G Actively Engaged Competition is keen. That's true in sports as well as in the con- tact lens arena. To find out what sports vision solutions experts recommend to active contact lens patients, we spoke with three leading O.D.s: â Graham Erickson, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD, who teaches pediatric optometry, vision therapy, and sports vision at Pacific University College of Optometry. â Keith Smithson, O.D., pediatric and sports vision specialist at Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry in Reston and Alexandria, VA, who works with sev- eral Washington, D.C., pro teams, includ- ing the Wizards, Nationals, and Redskins. â Fred Edmunds, O.D., current president of the AOA Sports Vision Section, who operates the XTREMESIGHT Perfor- mance Clinic in Victor, NY. "Performance contact lens fitting is a balance between visual performance and comfort," explains Dr. Edmunds. "You want to optimize visual acuity and contrast sensitivity. However, you don't want patients blinking excessively at the wrong moments." Sound like that's asking a lot? It is. Here's what these sports vision stars say about meeting the needs of week- end warriors as well as pro athletes. »

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