Welcome to the contact lens issue!
Compiled here are practical tips from a few of the articles that appear in this issue of Optometric Management.
Tell pediatric patients about contact lenses
→ Dr. Glenda Aleman-Moheeputh has found that many children and their parents are often surprised to hear contact lens wear is feasible for pediatric patients. For parents, this is usually because they don’t think contact lens wear is “safe” at younger ages, says Dr. Aleman-Moheeputh. One way she overcomes these preconceived notions is by pointing out that contact lenses can be very helpful for student athletes.
Proposing contact lens wear, P.14
Reinforce good handwashing habits
→ An essential part of contact lens hygiene for patients is reinforcing the importance of handwashing before handling lenses, write Drs. Chris Lievens and Elyse Rayborn. Regular bar soap – without moisturizers or perfumes – is one of the effective cleaning agents to use for this, and should be recommended to your patients.
Improve patient lens hygiene, P.18
Use educational resources for CL patients
→ To increase the likelihood of patients upgrading to more recent and more beneficial contact lenses, use educational resources to explain the how the new technologies can help, writes Dr. Susan Resnick in her latest “Contact Lens” column. To review the latest features of new CLs, she uses information from manufacturers’ websites, sales representatives, and peer-to-peer promotional and educational events.
Upgrading patients, P.22
Look for “Too good to be true” claims on resumes
→ “When it comes to resumes, the adage ‘If it seems too good to be true, it usually is,’ almost always rings true,” writes Dr. Patricia Fulmer in this month’s “Staffing” column. A candidate who has seemingly “fluffed their resume” is one of several resume red flags she reviews this issue. At her practice, she looks for vaguely worded job descriptions, such as “thoroughly exam patients,” as another warning sign of possible exaggeration.
Be alert for resume red flags, P.30