The benefits of a proactive approach to contact lens fitting

Morgan, Sarah L. & Efron, Nathan (1996) The benefits of a proactive approach to contact lens fitting. Journal of the British Contact Lens Association, 19(3), pp. 97-101.

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A multicentre, controlled, masked and randomized trial was conducted to evaluate the benefits of proactive contact lens recommendation by optometrists on prescribing trends. From 1st January 1995, patients presenting for routine eye examination to the practices of three optometrists were selected according to the study criteria. The first 150 patients satisfying this criterion were prescribed contact lenses only if they specifically asked to try them. The next 150 suitable patients had the option of contact lens correction presented to them. Every patient trying contact lenses was offered a ‘free trial’ of 1. Day Acuvue, or Acuvue or Surevue (Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson). The practitioners had the freedom to use products of other manufacturers if this was clinically necessary. Patient-initiated trials resulted in 17% of patients being fitting with lenses, whereas practitioner-initiated trials resulted in significantly more patients being fitted with lenses (31%; P<0.0125). Presbyopic patients were less likely to try contact lenses than pre-presbyopes (10% and 34% respectively; P<0.0001); however, whether or not the patient was presbyopic had no effect on the success of trials (non-presbyopes = 90%; presbyopes = 78%). Eighty-eight per cent of all patients in the trials were successfully fitted with lenses. The results of this study demonstrate that a proactive approach to contact lens fitting is likely to have a positive impact on increasing the number of contact lens wearers.

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ID Code: 10981
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Proactive, reactive, disposable contact lenses
DOI: 10.1016/S0141-7037(96)80043-7
ISSN: 1367-0484
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > OPTOMETRY AND OPHTHALMOLOGY (111300)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1996 Elsevier
Deposited On: 28 Nov 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 16:19

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