Special task lenses for presbyopia patients

Michelle Hoff, OD, FAAO, ABOM, FNAO, assistant clinical professor at Berkeley School of Optometry, and Isabel Kazemi, OD, FAAO, assistant clinical professor at Berkeley School of Optometry, sat with Optometry Times® Editor Cassie Jackson to share highlights from their show, “Demystifying Lenses for Near Missions,” which they presented during this year’s Vision Expo West in Las Vegas.

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Jackson:

Today I was joined by Dr. Michelle Hoff, associate clinical professor at Berkeley College of Optometry, and Dr. Isabel Kazemi, associate clinical professor at Berkeley College of Optometry.

They’re here to share the highlights from their discussion titled “Demystifying the Lenses for Near Mission,” which they are presenting during this year’s Vision Expo West in Las Vegas. Could you share with us the main points from this presentation?

Kazemi:

The main main takeaway is that today’s population is very different from the population even 20 years ago in the way we use our eyes. Our presbyopia residents need mission-specific glasses because – as we are today – we use our digital devices for our work, play, shopping and everything.

And so our presentation addresses the visual solutions you can offer to your patients and the theories behind them.

huff:

That’s right, Isabelle. And speaking of technology, you know, lens technology has evolved along with the hardware technology that we use. Keeping up with that, we have many different lens designs, and we’ve found it important to analyze and understand these lens designs.

So we’ll share the ways we’ve analyzed and evaluated these lenses, and then how to describe them because there are different lenses for different tasks.

We now have mission- or priority-specific lenses that can help with all the different things we do. For example, there’s general wear, there’s focus lenses that can be worn near, and then there’s power boost lenses. Many people do not understand the difference between these lenses and their performance characteristics.

Kazemi:

What we also found is that doctors don’t talk to their patients about their hobbies and the way they use their eyes at work. Most of our patients believe that the stress of their digital devices is just a normal part of their lives.

Part of the reason I think doctors don’t talk to their patients about this is because they don’t know how to solve these problems. We’ll provide an easy, step-by-step way to confidently recommend these types of lens designs and solutions.

huff:

Yes, and given that we have several lens designs, it is very easy to add – or increase – your earnings by prescribing several pairs of glasses. We will therefore also highlight successful fitting and how to increase sales of multiple pairs, as well as improve the patient’s general daily activities with these types of lenses.

We will also discuss many different product combinations because there are too many lenses and not everyone uses the same lens. So it’s good to understand what products are out there as well.