Parts 1 through 4 of this series described the importance of determining the visual axis measurement to maximize patient visual comfort and satisfaction with PALs. This final installment introduces methods and devices to obtain that measurement.
Inside the New Testament Church of God in the mountain town of Burnt Savannah in Jamaica, a hundred or more adults, mostly seniors, and twenty school children waited patiently. The Pastor and the members of the church had prepared a list of who was to be seen by the team from the Eye Health Institute who were coming to examine and treat those with impaired vision.
On a visit to the Jobson home office last week, I got a copy of the 20/20 Magazine February print edition ‘hot off the presses.’ If you haven’t seen it yet, this isn’t a spoiler, but one of the feature articles is “Passion for Fit” by Barry Santini. The article has a quote from Alexandra Peng Charton, designer for TC Charton Eyewear, specializing in Asian fit designs. She asks, “Do you care? Do you care about new opportunities to better serve your patients?” I haven’t been able to get those questions out of my head.
Part 3 discussed the effect of angle Kappa on PAL fitting. Part 4 addresses the effect of the dominant eye and alignment error on PAL success. A patient’s adaptive response is for the dominant eye to center on the clearest portion of the segment in the lens in front of the dominant eye. If the lenses are incorrectly aligned, the non-dominant eye’s visual axis will now fall outside the umbilic. That results in a head or eye turn to make near vision clear.
In most places, winter is almost always cold and windy. The heaters are running full blast. This can drastically drop the humidity level in your home and vehicle, which can cause eyes to dry out quickly. Dry eyes can lead to discomfort, pain, itching, light sensitivity, blurred vision, and excessive tearing. With so many complications, it is worthwhile to discuss possible dry eye issues with all patients, especially contact lens wearers.
It’s a pleasure to welcome Deborah Kotob to Jobson as Director, Education and Training! Deborah was formerly the ECP Education Facilitator for Vision-Ease, and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only in education, but in optics and the optical business as well. I have had the pleasure of working with Deborah at seminars for several years and on the Advisory Board for the Goodwin College Vision Care Technology program, and I’m excited to be working with her on Pro to Pro. Under Deborah’s leadership, you can count on Pro to Pro to continue to be your go-to for education resources.