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    Experts weigh in: What do you wish ODs knew about fitting torics?

     

    Kris May, OD

    Memphis, TN

    • I wish we would stop punishing our patients for wanting better vision. Do you charge more for a toric fit and wonder why your patients keep saying they are “fine” in their spherical lenses. Do you really want to drive on the same roads at night as someone with a diopter of uncorrected against-the-rule cylinder? We simplified our fit fee schedule and found that when we removed the financial factor, we had more successful patients.

    • I wish we would stop complaining about what we don’t have and start being amazed at what we do have. No, I do not have an oblique axis toric multifocal in opaque purple—but I do have unbelievable power ranges and replacement modality choices. I hereby solemnly swear I will stop complaining to my reps about an Rx that only one patient on the planet needs.

    • I wish we would never say, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” ever again.

    Newer technology, even if in the same modality, deserves to go on patients’ eyes.

    Patients tell us over and over that they want to experience new technology, and then we leave them in the lens they have been in for years because they read 20/20 on entry. And we wonder why patients no longer value our fits and want to order generic contact lenses online. 

    Given the advances in aspheric optics and design, the same power in a new lens design and material could be a completely different experience for the patient.  And even if it is not, you prove you have the latest in lens technology and you have your patients’ best interests in mind.

    Related: 5 reasons ODs don’t fit contact toric lenses

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