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    Monthly contact lens wearers can thrive, not just survive

    Help your patients avoid compensating behaviors to achieve contact lens comfort

    Contact lens practitioners have a range of soft contact lens replacement modalities available—from daily disposable to reusable lenses with a two-week or monthly replacement schedule. Personality, lifestyle factors, and ocular health should all be taken into account when deciding which lens and which lens modality to prescribe.

    The monthly wearer

    Most practices prescribe monthly replacement lenses to one degree or another. But is there really such a thing as a “monthly” personality?

    Contact lens wearers with a strong preference for monthly replacement tend to be people who want to wear contact lenses every day as their primary source of vision correction, according to market research from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies. They are busy living life and not particularly engaged in the contact lens experience. These patients want reliable and hassle-free contact lens wear and seek simplicity in their health care and product choices. They are value-conscious and seek to maximize their use of each pair of contact lenses.1

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    From the prescriber point of view, we want to make sure these patients have no significant ocular health concerns before recommending monthly replacement. We also need to be sure that patients have not experienced problems with contact lens comfort or visual performance in the past.

    But once that decision has been made, how do we know monthly replacement was the right choice? Are these patients really extracting the value they crave out of their lens-wearing experience?

    We think the answer is no, probably not.

    To determine whether a contact lens patient’s wear experience is relatively trouble-free, practitioners ideally want to know how the patient’s lenses are performing throughout the replacement interval. With monthly wearers, this can be quite challenging because replacement frequency does not coincide with typical exam frequency.

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    Cristina M. Schnider, OD, MSc, MBA, FAAO
    The authors are employees of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Companies. Cristina M Schnider, OD, MSc, MBA, FAAO, is director of global ...
    Michelle Wales, MMR
    Michelle Wales is manager of global strategic insights at JJVC.

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