most commonly RX'd contacts??

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by zurc2800, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. zurc2800

    zurc2800 Guest

    Hello everybody,
    I am a third year Optometry student at Pacific University. In clinic
    today, my attending doctor gave my group an assigmnet so we could get a
    better feel for what's being used out there in terms of soft CL's.
    Instead of going around and asking professors (like everyone else,) I
    thought I'd get on here and ask some of you out there in the real
    world. Which lenses do you prefer to use on a typical young, roughly
    spherical patient? Have you noticed much reluctance for docs to move
    to new materials like silicone hydrogel and wearing schedules (rather
    than the old 2 wk?) I've heard that the Europeans have been much more
    likely to adopt new modalities than their American counterparts.
    Thanks a bunch,
    -Levi Z.
    zurc2800, Jun 27, 2006
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    p.clarkii Guest

    i believe (could be wrong) that Acuvue 2 is still the #1 brand of
    contact lenses sold in the US. but it is rapidly losing market share
    to the newer competitively-priced silicone hydrogel (sihy) lenses (AV
    Advance, 02 Optix, etc.)

    i believe there is almost no reluctance on the part of doctors to
    switch their patients to sihy lenses. they are clearly better.

    aside from any input from the patient (habitual lenses, brand
    preference based upon their previous experiences, etc.) i guess my
    favorite spherical disposable lens is 02 Optix.

    i can't say much about European fitting practices vs. american. i just
    don't know.

    p.clarkii, Jun 27, 2006
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    drfrank21 Guest

    How's Forest Grove these days ( you must be doing an externship
    this summer)?

    If you're asking the actual statistics on the most commonly
    rx'ed cl's it is likely the acuvues.

    Silicone hydrogels are really taking over; I'm fitting these for both
    refit and new fit patients. My top choices are the 02 optix and
    night and days but I do fit many Pure Vision as well.

    Among the non-silicone lenses, my top choices are the proclears
    and the vertex/encores.

    I don't see any reluctance among my colleagues in fitting
    new materials in the U.S. versus our European counterparts.
    But you have to separate the hype versus the actual
    performance, whether new cl materials or new medications,
    on the market.

    Best of luck in your 4th yr at Pacific.

    drfrank21, Jun 27, 2006
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    LarryDoc Guest

    I'll echo dr frank.
    I believe that's mostly because of marketing by commercial opticals and
    the pre- silicone hydrogel mass marketing of two week disposable
    lenses. J&J did a great promo job. And it's actually a good lens for
    what it is, compared. Among private practitioners, at least......
    Likewise. Purevision in toric and multifocal is the only player in that
    catagory, at the moment. I no longer fit "standard" HEMMA plastics.
    Proclear is also my other primary soft lens of choice.
    I would disagree, at least in my neighborhood. Our colleagues are a
    little slow in adopting new designs, especially multifocals and to a
    lesser extent, torics. But you asked about spherical.
    4 years? I STILL takes that long to become an OD eye doc? ;-0)

    LB, O.D.
    LarryDoc, Jun 27, 2006
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    CatmanX Guest

    I hate acuvues with a passion. Can't understand why anyone would use
    them. Advance are certainly an improvement. I use primarily PureVision
    and dailies in my practice these days.

    Most optoms stick to a certain brand they are comfortable with, and
    particularly chain stores are more likely to push or offer only a small
    range of lenses so the optoms don't have a choice.

    dr grant
    CatmanX, Jun 29, 2006
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    In my practice:

    #1 = Oasys

    #2 = Oasys

    #3 = Oasys

    #4 = Proclear/BMXC, Focus N&D, Purevision

    Dr. Leukoma, Jun 30, 2006
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    acemanvx Guest

    Hello, it appears that anywhere from -1.5 to -4 is the most commonly
    pescribed. The fact begs is about 2/3 of myopes are in that range. Very
    low myopes dont really need correction so they dont wear glasses nor
    contacts. Theres alot less high myopes so you dont see too many -6s and
    acemanvx, Jul 1, 2006
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    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    You don't see any because you aren't a doctor. I believe that the
    *optometry student* was interested more in the brand than a normal
    distribution of refractive error.

    Dr. Leukoma, Jul 1, 2006
  9. zurc2800

    zurc2800 Guest

    Thanks for all the great input from everyone. It was really helpful.
    Things are great here in the Grove... I think Pacific is a great
    school for the most part. Yeah, opt school still takes four years. It
    seems like they keep having to cram more and more into the same amount
    of time though. I guess that's bound to happen, as we get more
    priveledges and technology advances.
    zurc2800, Jul 6, 2006
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