COMMON PAL PROBLEMS TO AVOID

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PERFECT CLOSEUP ZEISS Progressive Individual 2 lens
PREMIUM PROGRESSIVE Essilor’s Crizal No-Glare lens
DISTORTION-FREE OPTICS MyStyle progressive lens from HOYA
KEY FEATURES OF PREMIUM FREE-FORM PALS

Custom-made free-form progressives are redefining the multifocal market. Using computer-driven technology and incorporating position-of-wear measurements such as tilt, wrap, and vertex
distance, these lenses are made with incredible precision. Key features include:

• Widest field of view at all distances
• Work well with smaller B measurements
• Personalized optics through a variety of techniques
• Improved color perception and contrast
• Reduced distortion with softer periphery
• Decreased adaptation period
• Closest to natural vision
• Improved depth perception and stereoscopic function
• High-definition vision
• Improved low light vision
• The most advanced lens technology available

Here’s how to remedy some common issues patients have with progressive lenses.

Do your presbyopic patients passionately praise progressive lenses or do they write them off as a non-adaptive, “no line” nightmare? Below are five reasons why your patients may not be embracing their progressive lenses and ways in which you can ensure their success.

1. UNREALISTIC PATIENT EXPECTATIONS
Many patients are disillusioned by what they envision as a “does everything” lens. Yes, progressives are wonderful for most tasks, however, sometimes wearers need different eyeglasses for special uses such as computer work, reading, biking, or golfing. Instead of presenting progressives as a panacea for all viewing situations, you can position them as the primary pair and offer other eyeglasses that are dedicated to suit their particular uses.

2. IMPROPER ALIGNMENT
Ensuring that your patient’s eyewear has generous pantoscopic tilt and a positive face-form wrap should mitigate many problems associated with adjustment. Face form will increase the field of view within the distance zone of the progressive, while minimizing vertex distance and increasing pantoscopic tilt, effectively widening the intermediate and near zones.

3. FRAMES WEREN’T PRE-ADJUSTED
Triple checking your monocular corneal reflex pupilometer readings and using five different methods to acquire an accurate seg height is all fine and well, but it will all be in vain if you neglect to pre-adjust your patient’s eyewear. Take the time to fit the eyeglasses before measuring for the lenses. Your remake percentages will thank you!

4. USING OLD TECHNOLOGY
Using outdated, cookie-cutter progressive lenses of yesteryear just does not make sense today. Ushering in a new epoch, pioneering PALs have earned their place in our hearts, but let us not leave them there-far away from our patients. We need to use the new premium versions from companies like Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc; Essilor of America, Inc.; HOYA Vision Care, North America; Seiko Optical Products of America; Younger Optics; Vision-Ease Lens; and VSP Optics Group, to mention just a few.

5. INCORRECT MEASUREMENTS
You may be a 20-year veteran in the eyecare field, but that does not exempt you from double-checking for accuracy. Slow down and make your patient’s vision your first priority. Millions of dollars have been invested in creating progressives that give patients a 2mm wider corridor width and a wider field of view so it makes sense to be as meticulous as possible with your measurements.

Progressive lenses are not inherently problematic but problems can occasionally arise. Being aware and proactive about them will help you and your patients avoid them. Above all, believe in your product-excitement can be contagious!

Sam Winnegrad is an instructor in the Opticianry Department at Roane State Community College in Harriman, TN.

WHERE TO FIND IT:
Carl Zeiss Vision, Inc.
800-358-8258 • zeiss.com/lenses
Essilor of America, Inc.
800-542-5668 • essilorusa.com
HOYA Vision Care, North America
877-528-1939 • hoyavision.com
Seiko Optical Products of America, Inc.
800-235-5367 • seikoeyewear.com
Vision-Ease Lens
800-328-3449 • vision-ease.com
Vision Services Plan (VSP)
800-877-7195 • vsp.com
Younger Optics
800-366-5367 • youngeroptics.com

 

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