Alcon Invests in Multifocal Contact Lens Training, Education and Resources for Eye Care Professionals, Helping Support Patient and Practice Outcomes

Source: Alcon

Thursday, March 01, 2018 | Optometry , Product Releases , Alcon

In 2018, Alcon is increasing its investment and more than doubling peer-to-peer hands-on multifocal contact lens trainings at its Alcon Experience Center. Alcon will also more than double its Multifocal Fit Training Road Shows, offering local opportunities for eye care professionals to build additional expertise in meeting the needs of their presbyopic patients, according to a company news release.

Presbyopia affects nearly two billion people worldwide.1 By 2020, there will be roughly 1,800 presbyopes for each optometrist, yet only a small percentage of optometrists (13 percent) are currently fitting most multifocal contact lenses.2-4

“With the number of presbyopes continuing to grow, offering multifocal contact lenses to patients and learning tips and techniques to maximize success, meets a key patient need as well as offers real opportunity for practice growth,” Dr. Rick Weisbarth, Vice President of Professional Affairs, Alcon US Vision Care, said in the news release. “Alcon believes in partnering with eye care professionals, helping ensure patients have access to innovative and materially differentiated multifocal contact lenses that provide comfortable and clear, seamless vision – near, far and everything in between.”

Alcon has also developed a new multifocal fitting process that leads to increased first lens success. The new fitting guide calls for the addition of +0.25D binocularly to the manifest refraction before Add selection.5 This new fitting process has led to an 18 percent improvement on first lens fit success compared to the previous fitting guide.6 The unique design of Alcon multifocal contact lenses requires a unique fitting process, and using Alcon’s simple two-step initial fitting process leads to high rates (96%) of fit success with two lenses or less.6,7 This new fitting guide may help ECPs improve efficiency when fitting Alcon multifocal lenses that share the same Precision Profile Design, in three different materials and in two different lens replacement schedules.

Additionally, to build patient awareness of multifocal contact lens options, Alcon is launching a revamped site to help consumers recognize the signs of presbyopia. The site will also include a doctor finder, allowing patients to find an ECP near them.

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  1. Market Scope, Global Presbyopia-Correcting Surgery Market Report, April 2012.
  2. American Optometric Association. The state of the optometric profession: 2013. Available at: Accessed February 12, 2018.
  3. US Census Bureau, Population Division. Table 9: Projections by sex and age for the United States: 2015 to 2060. NP2014-T9. December 2014.
  4. Morgan P et al. International contact lens prescribing in 2015. Contact Lens Spectrum. January 2016;24-29.
  5. Alcon data on file, 2018.
  6. Alcon data on file, 2017.
  7. Bauman E, Lemp J, Kern J. Material effect on multifocal contact lens fitting of lenses of the same optical design with the same fitting guide. Presented at the British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference & Exhibition, June 9-11, 2017. Liverpool, UK.



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