Recently, a longtime Optix patient arrived for his routine eye exam and contact lens evaluation. Our patient is a 51 year old male who often works long and non-traditional hours as a firefighter. Needless to say, that also means he is exposed to smoky conditions. The combination of tired eyes along with smoky, dusty or dirty conditions makes prescribing contact lenses a little more challenging. So, I took all of these factors into account when re-fitting him into an optimal contact lens.
Our patient had been very comfortable in the same brand of contact lenses for many years. However, over the past year, he found himself struggling to view tiny details at a close distance even with the help of reading glasses. This is a very common complaint for patients over 45 years old. I suggested a multifocal type of contact lens. Multifocals are a great option for many patients as it provides efficiency in viewing objects at different distances while minimizing the need for reading glasses. Additionally, the patient was being re-fit into a newer brand of contact lenses, thus allowing better oxygen permeability or “breath-ability” to the eye. We also discussed the benefits of daily disposable contacts for our patient’s lifestyle.
A diagnostic pair of contact lenses was dispensed to our patient at the initial evaluation. He will test out his “new eyes” while performing his everyday activities over the next 1-2 weeks. At his follow up visit, I will be able to evaluate whether any adjustments need to be made to the contacts before finalizing the prescription.
Dr. Meghan Schiffer