FORT WORTH, Texas—April’s Presbyopia Awareness Month offers a unique opportunity for ECPs to help their presbyopic patients lose their readers, or even protect them from the inconvenience of wearing reading glasses in the first place. To help, Alcon
is increasing multifocal resources and training opportunities to support contact lens fitting efficiency and presbyopic patient satisfaction. “By 2020, there will be roughly 1,800 presbyopes for each optometrist, yet only 13 percent of eyecare professionals are currently fitting multifocal contact lenses as a solution,” said Dr. Rick Weisbarth, vice president of professional affairs, Alcon US Vision Care.
“In a recent survey, we found that the ECPs who are fitting our Dailies Total1 multifocal contact lenses find them easy and efficient to fit. We knew increasing our investment in training would not only meet a key patient need, but provide opportunity for practice growth.”
As the number of patients with presbyopia grows, there is also an opportunity to consider what they are experiencing emotionally as part of the normal aging process. An Alcon study reported perceptions and attitudes of aging among the Generation X population (people in their 40s and early 50s). One in four surveyed adults think reading glasses make someone look 10 years older. Nearly 50 percent of those surveyed would avoid wearing readers if they knew it made them look older.
To support ECPs in meeting the needs of their presbyopic patients, Alcon has already more than doubled its hands-on multifocal contact lens trainings in its in-house, state-of-the-art Alcon Experience Center. The company is also increasing offerings of its proprietary Multifocal Fit Training Road Shows, taking the trainings directly to the practitioner’s office. Both are focused on building additional expertise to increase efficiency and meet the needs of the presbyopic patient.
Alcon also recently launched a new multifocal contact lens fitting process that leads to an 18 percent improvement in first lens success compared to the previous fitting guide. The new fitting guide calls for the addition of +0.25D binocularly to the manifest refraction before “add selection.” The unique design of Alcon multifocal contact lenses allows ECPs to personalize the fit for patients using Alcon’s simple two-step fitting process, which leads to high rates (96 percent) of fit success with two lenses or less.
To help patients understand the signs of presbyopia and how multifocal contact lenses can help them see clearly at all distances, visit www.LoseYourReaders.com