Supplement shows ODs’ contact lens trends

When the Contact Lens and Cornea Section (CLCS) hosted the first-ever Contact Lens Summit at Optometry's Meeting® 2013, attendees participated in a live poll of the latest prescribing practices and trends in lenses.

The results are published in a new 16-page digital supplement, sponsored by CooperVision, called "Through the Lens: Results of the First AOA Contact Lens Summit." The supplement from the CLCS is now accessible online for a snapshot of current trends in contact lens usage, and includes comments from respondents and CLCS Council members.

The dynamics of contact lens usage

Optometrists overwhelmingly identified contact lenses as a "very important" aspect of their practice, but polling results show varied opinions about leading industry issues. Below are a few highlights:

  • 56 percent of polled optometrists said highest first-try success rate was one of the leading factors when choosing lenses for a patient, followed by cost to doctor (33 percent) and product profitability (11 percent).
  • On a scale of 1 to 10 (low to high), polled optometrists found future developments in anti-microbial lenses (7.00) most interesting, followed by myopia control lenses (6.67), drug delivery lenses (4.89), biometric measurement lenses (4.40) and augmented reality (2.44).
  • 46 percent of polled optometrists identified most likely to use drug delivery contact lenses for corneal ulcers or iritis, followed by glaucoma (23 percent) and dry eye (15 percent).

Glenda Secor, O.D., chair of the Contact Lens and Cornea Section, says the poll results posted in the supplement offer a reflective look at how general practitioners view contact lenses, and what issues really matter most in practices across the country.

"Those of us who do contact lenses all the time have a certain perspective on these issues, but to find out what the rank and file do every day really opens up those lines of communication to see what they're doing in the real world," Dr. Secor says.

Browse the online supplement in its entirety for insights from fellow member optometrists, and compare your own contact lens practices to the responses of your peers.

March 17, 2014

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