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Crystal M. Brimer, OD, FAAO
Dr. Brimer is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Southern College of Optometry. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is very active in the American Optometric Association as a member of the North Carolina State Optometric Society’s Executive Council and president of the South Eastern District. Dr. Brimer owns a private practice in Wilmington, NC where she is certified as a primary investigator for clinical trials. She has special interests in contact lenses, dry eye disease, and practice management. Dr. Brimer has written and lectured extensively, and is recognized for both her expertise and enthusiasm. In her free time, Dr. Brimer enjoys time on the water as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Email her at [email protected]
Patient awareness: Assumptions, expectations, and reality
Patient awareness: Assumptions, expectations, and reality
After writing about lens care for more than two years, I wondered if my well had run dry. So this morning while on a flight, I perused PubMed and waited patiently for a new idea. When it didn’t come, I decided to turn to the guy next to me in 1A for a fresh perspective.
Patient perception vs. reality with compliance
Patient perception vs. reality with compliance
Well, here we are, another year behind us, another new start ahead. And what made the cutoff for our list of resolutions? Lose 10 pounds, wake up earlier, save more money, make more family time? But wait—how can we possibly forget everyone’s list topper: To rub your contact lenses every day and replace the solution, to throw your lenses out on time?
A comparison of one-step peroxide systems
A comparison of one-step peroxide systems
It is important that we use our influence during the exam to recommend lens care products that will positively influence their wearing experience. Peroxide systems have long been credited with superior cleaning capabilities, leading to better overall patient satisfaction.
4 steps to selling premium products
It’s not a new problem. It’s not a new concept. But for many ODs, it continues to be a significant challenge. Too many times we hesitate to present patients with upgraded products or services when there is an added expense.
The harsh reality of contact lens care compliance
We would also like to think that our beloved patients are taking that instruction to heart: washing their hands, rubbing and rinsing their lenses, cleaning and replacing their cases, and never, ever topping off. But the harsh reality is that overall compliance is relatively poor. Research has uncovered the astonishing apathetic behaviors of patients time and time again, but we have yet to use that information to change future behavior. A recent study may help shed some light on how to elicit better habits from our contact lens wearers.
Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions
Many patients may assume their solution of choice will do the job and that, perhaps, the differences represented on the shelf are minimal. But we know that contact lens solutions are complex formulations of biocides, buffering agents, and surfactants, and that the balance between these agents must be nearly perfect.
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