New to Contact Lenses

Discussion in 'Contact Lenses' started by Dennis, Apr 8, 2005.

  1. Dennis

    Dennis Guest

    Have been a long time bifocal lens wearer and have recently decided to
    try the new multi-focal soft lens contacts. Had my vision checked and
    eye measured at a large chain optical store. They ordered a pair of
    Ciba Progressives for me to try and have been using them for a week
    now. Went back to the store with a free trial coupon from Bausch &
    Lomb for pair of soft progressive lenses. The store clerk stated that
    he could not honor it as my perscription was only for Ciba's. Is he
    pulling my leg or, am I stuck with Ciba lenses from now on?

    My many thanks,

    Dennis, Apr 8, 2005
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  2. Dennis

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    In the U.S., contact lenses can only be purchased by prescription.
    That prescription must specify the lens parameters, including the Brand
    Name. A prescription can only be written by an licensed eye care
    professional. A coupon is not a prescription. If you want to try
    another brand of lenses, you must go back to the person who ordered
    your Ciba trial lenses and request a trial of B&Ls.

    As was said, doctors who fit contact lenses have free trial lenses
    available, which makes the coupon totally unnecessary. The coupon is
    just a gimmick to get you to request a specific brand of lenses.
    Sometimes, the best contact lenses are manufactured by companies that
    are too small to advertise. For example, when I began having problems
    with my own lenses, I came across an ad in a professional newsletter
    for the Proclear lens which was manufactured by Biocompatibles, Ltd.
    The rights to that lens were later purchased by Coopervision. Going
    waaay back, some of us are old enough to remember the revolutionary CSI
    soft lens which was manufactured by Syntex, who also manufactured the
    first mass-market RGP lens, the Polycon. Syntex was later bought out
    by Barnes-Hind, which was acquired by Pilkington. Even the Acuvue lens
    started out as the Vistamarc lens manufactured by Vistakon, which was
    acquired by J&J 20 years ago. The Acuvue polymer dates back to that

    Dr. Leukoma, Apr 8, 2005
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  3. Dennis

    LarryDoc Guest

    Quite a scam, eh?
    And we could list about a half dozen companies here. But the consumer
    market thinks BAUSCH & LOMB! ACUVUE! CIBA! when there are what, about
    30 (was 40 a few months ago!) companies manufacturing 120 different
    lenses in 49 different plastics. And that's just soft!
    Ahhh. Memory of the good 'ole days! Like the visits from the supermodel
    Pilkington heiress (tagging along with her sales crew) and sales reps
    who weren't clued in to the fact their company was just gobbled up.

    Heh, Dr. G, how about putting together a full timeline of the
    ever-changing contact lens industry? Seems like your memory is good
    working condition!

    But back to the original subject of this thread for a minute.........

    Coming soon to the USA and available now in other more civilized nations
    are the silicon hydrogel multifocal soft lenses from B&L (and sooner or
    later Ciba, Cooper, and Vistakon/J&J) which, on paper at least, should
    be very interesting. Perhaps a soft multifocal that actually works.

    Actually, I've had good results with Blanchard's Quattro, Ocu-Ease,
    Opti-Center's Ultravue (now at Cooper) and Cooper's Proclear Multi and a
    disproportionately poor results from the others. Patients who can wear
    RGP lenses should definitely consider that type of lens which in my
    practice has worked extremely well, but no coupons there!

    ---LB, O.D.

    (welcome back W.S.! hope your kill-files are hard at work!)
    LarryDoc, Apr 8, 2005
  4. Dennis

    Dennis Guest

    Would like to thank you all for your expert advise. I am understanding
    that if I want to change manufactuers of my lenses, I must have them
    fitted first. All contacts are created equally.
    Dennis, Apr 9, 2005
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    Charles Guest

    No, they are not created equally. That is why they need to be fitted.
    However when I have been fitted if one brand did not fit properly,
    there was not an extra charge to fit another brand. The fee paid to the
    practitioner was to find the contacts that were the best fit regardless
    of brand.
    Charles, Apr 9, 2005
  6. Dennis

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    I agree with the statement that the fitting process involves finding
    the lens which best satisfies the needs of the patient. However, it
    cannot always be exhaustive, as there are too many brands on the
    market, hence the concept of "best" may not be appropriate. IMHO, the
    experienced fitter will already have narrowed the universe for the

    Dr. Leukoma, Apr 10, 2005
  7. Dennis

    Dennis Guest

    Again my many thanks for your expert replies.

    My OD has RX'd contacts with a BC of 8.6 with a Dia of 14.0. The only
    lens I have found to which has been RX'd is the Ciba Progressive. Have
    been having a problem with them in looking at a distance in which I
    must refocus and blink to see at a distance. Oh forgot to mention my
    OS is +.50 and OD is +.25. Have noticed when looking at stars they
    have a corona around a back hole. My RX is seems to be for specificly
    for the Ciba's as other progressive lenses are of diffrent BC or dia..
    If I would like to try another lens must I have to go thru the process
    of paying for another visit to get re-fitted for other lenses as I
    would like to try all available to decide on which is best for my

    My thanks in advance.

    Dennis, Apr 18, 2005
  8. Dennis

    Dr. Leukoma Guest

    The effect you are getting from the progressive lens is not uncommon
    with progressive contact lenses.

    Whether your fitter will charge additional or not depends on his or her
    policies. You just need to ask. There is no law governing what is
    charged or how often.

    Dr. Leukoma, Apr 18, 2005
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