As members of the National Glaucoma Society, Dr. Dugue and Dr. Chi attended its symposium this past Sunday. The lectures provided a wealth information on reinforcing current glaucoma standards and introducing new technology. Innovations in development include new methods of recording eye pressure, monitoring visual changes at home, and treatment options. For example, virtual reality headsets are being incorporated into glaucoma testing. The advantage is being able to perform visual field testing with consumer VR headsets (ex. Oculus) so that patients can do the test in the comfort of their homes. Nevertheless, one of the most important aspects of glaucoma is periodic visits with your eye doctor. Make an appointment today!
We are excited to announce the only soft contact lens of its kind to the office, Bausch & Lomb Ultra Multifocal for Astigmatism! Before this contact lens, the only multifocal contacts manufactured were spherical, meaning it only corrected either near-sightedness or far-sightedness. As a result, presbyopic patients with astigmatism had to be fitted with monovision to provide distance and near vision. Alternatively, patients would be corrected for distance and then wear reading glasses. According to Bausch & Lomb, "there are an estimated 32 million people in the U.S. living with both astigmatism and presbyopia who could wear contact lenses" and these new lenses offer "an easy-to-fit, multifocal toric lens without the delay and hassle of custom lens ordering." We have been fitting these contacts for several months and have been waiting for positive feedback from patients before making an announcement. So far, so good! So, if you have astigmatism and was told you weren't a candidate for multifocal contacts or if you are unhappy with monovision, schedule an exam and try these out!