I would like to share a story, a story with a happy ending. It involves helping a young patient of mine last week. Imagine this – you are a 17 year old senior – prom is less than a week away – you are being fit for contact lenses – you have a difficult contact lens prescription, the first few visits the lenses didn’t work for one reason or another and frustration is mounting as you wonder if contact lenses exist that may work for you. Because of your high prescription your lenses aren’t in stock at the doctors office. To make matters worse, and the doctor might not even be able to get the contact lenses shipped before the big day!
One of my 17 year old patient’s and a friend’s daughter found herself in this exact situation. Due to her extremely nearsighted prescription, the companies that offered soft disposable contact lenses in her prescription range were few, typically not in stock at the doctors office and needed to be ordered and shipped. With the narrow window of time before prom, there was no guarantee the lenses would arrive in time.
Fortunately, the representative from one of the leading contact lens manufacturers, CooperVision (Brian Christie) overheard some of the conversation. CooperVision had recently expanded the parameters of trial contact lenses they provided to doctors offices, including extremely high powered lenses. Brian reminded the technicians at Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care that he had days ago stocked the high powered trial lenses my anxious young patient needed. CooperVisions extremely comfortable Proclear brand’s parameters were expanded to include powers high enough for almost any myopic prescription.
Sure enough, there they were. Dr. Glazier proceeded to fit the Proclear soft contact lenses. The Monthly disposable lenses fit my patient beautifully, gave her perfect 20/20 vision and she left with a smile from ear to ear, comforted in the knowledge that she would see well at her one and only senior prom.
Top takeaways: Encourage your children and teenagers to get their eyes checked regularly, especially when wearing contact lenses. Parents who don’t suspect any problems with their childrens eyes should have them checked by age 4 at the latest. If there is a pressing need for contact lenses, give yourself a two week leadtime, and for glasses at least 10 days.
Check out CooperVisions excellent website http://www.mycontactsports.com to learn more about how contact lenses can help improve your game and watch a video featuring soccer star Heather Reilly
Courtesy of the Doctors at Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care; Optometrists, Ophthalmologists and Opticians serving the Rockville, Potomac and Gaithersburg Maryland suburbs of Washington DC. For more information visit youreyesite.com
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