Eyecare Business April

APR 2017

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76 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 water sports. "ey offer an advantage over prescription masks or goggles with reduced lens fogging and less restriction on peripheral vision, but the main con- cerns are lens loss and risk of infection," he says. PROLONGED-WEAR OPTIONS For prolonged-wear situations when oxygen transmission is a crucial factor, Dr. Erickson says high water-content lens materials or silicone hydrogel lenses may be needed. "Larger-diameter lenses are also recommended for better stability and hydration,"he says. What about when cost is an issue? "e two-week disposable Acuvue Oasys lenses or one-month disposable B+L ULTRA lenses with their easy-to- remember monthly schedule are my go-to options," says Dr. Smithson. ASTIGMATISM + SPORTS How do the experts help active patients who also have an astigmatism? "Aggressively fit torics for patients with astigmatism," recommends Dr. Edmunds. Dr. Smithson also notes that astigma- tism can be a significant variable when assessing acuity demands of various sports. "Ignoring low amounts of cyl- inder could lead to less-than-optimal results," he says. "I use the Acuvue Oasys 1-Day for Astigmatism when nighttime glare of stadium lights is reported." Overall, concludes Dr. Edmunds, ECPs need to consider multiple modali- ties for some patients. "Don't hesitate to Rx different lens types, or even pre- scriptions (i.e., slight over-minus), for a patient," he says. "ink of your opti- mized contacts as equipment they wear only for sports." È ACUVUE by Johnson & Johnson â OASYS 1-Day for challeng- ing environments + highest level of UV protection. â 1-Day Acuvue MOIST for outdoor athletes, especially those prone to sensitivity, irritation, or allergies. ALCON â Alcon DAILIES TOTAL1 as all that touches the eye is a cushion of moisture, allow- ing the wearer to completely focus on competing. BAUSCH + LOMB â ULTRA contact lenses with MoistureSeal Technology help prevent dehydration with reduced blink rates. â Biotrue ONEday daily disposables maintain 98% of their moisture for up to 16 hours. â Biotrue ONEday for Astigmatism—just launched nationwide in March. COOPERVISION â Clariti 1-Day and MyDay one-day silicone hydrogels win the toss because of their cost-efficient ability to be replaced midgame, plus their easy care options when exposed to dust, sweat, and more. LENS ALL- STARS Here's what our ECPs recom- mend to keep wearers at the top of their game. Don't hesitate to Rx different lens types, or even prescriptions, for a patient. Think of your optimized contacts as equipment they wear only for sports. —Fred Edmunds, O.D " " Contact lenses are like sponges and will absorb whatever is in the water, including any chemicals or bacteria that may be present. Source: American Optometric Association

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