Contact Lens Spectrum Supplements

Special Edition 2017

Contact Lens Spectrum

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C O N T A C T L E N S S P E C T R U M S P E C I A L E D I T I O N 2 0 1 7 c l s p e c t r u m . c o m 10 E DWA R D S. B E N N E T T, O D, M S E D Dr. Bennett is assistant dean for Student Ser- vices and Alumni Relations at the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry and is executive director of the GP Lens Institute. You can reach him at ebennett@umsl.edu. GP INSIGHTS and a video-based GP fitting, evalu- ation, and problem-solving module. The multifocal category includes 11 webinars and a 17-component module. The bitoric category has webinars, FAQs on how to select and design lenses, and no less than three calculators and empirical fit- ting methods. The scleral category has 17 webinars and, in conjunc- tion with the Scleral Lens Educa- tion Society (SLS), a "Scleral Lens Troubleshooting FAQ" module. There also are resources un- der the orthokeratology (ortho-k), keratoconus, and custom soft cat- egories. A comprehensive specialty lens coding and billing module— under the direction of Dr. Clarke Newman—includes up-to-date we- binars, FAQs, and reimbursement letters and brochures. For staff, there are training modules, patient education materials, and a guide pertaining to GP, custom soft, hy- brid, and scleral lenses. There is also access to the GPLI's recom- mendations to FAQs from eyecare practitioners (ECPs). Finally, the "Find a GP Specialist" resource allows referral to more than 2,500 ECPs who fit GP lenses. and fellowship programs available. • The American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Con- trol (AAOMC): The AAOMC is an orthokeratology organization with both consumer and ECP resources including a fellowship program, a "find an ortho-k fitter" application, and Vision By Design, an ortho-k meeting (April 11-15, 2018; www. orthokmeeting.com). • Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA) The CLSA has a number of courses and publications on specialty contact lenses. A fel- lowship program is also available. • International Keratoconus Academy of Eye Care Professionals (IKA)/National Keratoconus Foun- dation (NKCF): The IKA was re- cently established by prominent ODs and MDs to promote ongoing professional education, including numerous keratoconus resources and a blog for ECPs to gain expe- rience in challenging cases from experts in the field. The NKCF has always been the primary organiza- tion for keratoconic patient educa- tion with very informative booklets, treatment option information, and FAQs, as well as information for the ECP and a referral service. • Other Resources: Often, how- ever, the best resource is the labo- ratory consultant who can help in lens selection, fitting, and trouble- shooting with spherical and special design GP lenses, as well as with custom soft lenses. CLS • SLS: The SLS is an organiza- tion for scleral lens education that provides hands-on training on an ongoing basis in many cities and numerous symposia. It also provides webinars and has excellent videos online to help with patient han- dling. There are both membership RESOURCES TO HELP YOU BUILD YOUR SPECIALTY CL PRACTICE T here are numerous resources and organizations avail- able to help you gain expertise in GP and custom soft lenses. Here are six such organizations with resources that can help. GP Lens Institute (GPLI) The GPLI is a resource for both GP and custom soft lens education. A 70-member advisory board helps in the develop- ment of these resources as well as provide monthly webinars. Under the "Education" tab on the homepage, you can view all resources un- der any given lens type. The spherical category includes a dynamic virtual fitting program, a fluorescein pattern evaluation card, 13 unique cas- es (of 52 total) in an online book (GP Troubleshooting Case Grand Rounds), OR G A NI Z A T ION R E S O U R C E S 1 GP Lens Institute www.gpli.info 2 Scleral Lens Education Society www.sclerallens.org 3 American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control www.orthokacademy.com 4 Contact Lens Society of America www.clsa.info 5 International Keratoconus Academy www.keratoconusacademy.com 6 National Keratoconus Foundation www.nkcf.org

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