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COnsultant’s PersPeCtive Virtual Fitting Assistance Using Today’s Technology James w. slightom, fclsa, aBom, ncle-ac ac abOut the authOr mr. slightom is a fellow in the contact lens society of america, and a master optician certified by the american Board of opticianry. Jim has been an optician and contact lens technician for over 34 years, owned his own optical business for the first 18 years, was the contact lens clinical Director at the University of missouri Kansas city ophthalmology Department for 8 years, and is currently a contact lens consultant at aBB concise. T he Chinese coined the phrase a long time ago when they said: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Sometimes a thousand words are not enough when the contact lens practitioner is trying to describe the fit to the contact lens consultant when seeking assistance in a very challenging gas permeable(GP) fit. What if the practitioner fitting an irregular cornea in a GP lens was able to email the topography showing the corneal shape, take still pictures of the GP fit, and maybe even send a video of the fit, all by just using a cell phone that had a camera? This way the consultant could review the picture…then the consultant and practitioner could view the images together, and then they could discuss the fit with a much better chance of getting a proper fit completed with less patient visits and fewer reorders needed. Whether you are new to contact lens fitting or a seasoned veteran, an industry consultant can be a useful tool. My goal with this column is to share my experiences with all types of contact lens fitting while often putting the focus on the most challenging types of fits. this is yOUr magazine and yOUr organization, please be a part of the excitement! i am happy to hear your suggestions for material content at any time. —Al Vaske The technology and fit assistance is here and is ready to be used when facing the challenging fits that expert fitters face every week. One of the first things I bring up as a consultant is the fact that cell phones today with their great picture resolution can be a very inexpensive yet valuable tool when fitting irregular corneas. The pictures in this article were all taken with the use of cell phone cameras. As can be seen, the resolution to most of these fits can more easily be determined when viewing the actual fit of the lenses. Shown is a topographical map of a patient’s right and left eye. When the practitioner says my topographer isn’t hooked up to the internet, or I don’t know how to save and attach the picture to send it, then it might be as easy as printing the topography and taking a picture of the map with a cell phone. 30 w w w. c l s a . i n f o | c o n ta c t l e n s s o c i e t y o f a m e r i c a | EyEWitnEss spring 2011 http://www.clsa.info http://WWW.CLSA.INFO

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