1. RGP fittings yield a much greater net profit for your office ... even long term.
7 Reasons for Fitting RGP Lenses
One recent study comparing the spending habits of 100 soft lens patients over a
24 month period revealed that the annual revenue from RGP wearers was nearly
twice that of soft lent patients.
2. RGP wearers remain far more loyal to your practice. This is especially true compared
to disposable soft lens fittings. Since disposable lenses are replaced on a daily, weekly or
biweekly basis, the perceived value of that product diminishes. Unfortunately, that
perception of diminished product value translates to the fitter as well. Not only the lenses,
but the doctor's office has become disposable. On the other hand, RGP prescriptions are
rarely requested by those seeking an alternate lens supplier. Further, enhanced RGP fitting
skills distinguishes your office as a true contact lens specialty practice that can custom
design lenses to best suit the patients needs. RGP (versus soft lens) patients refer over
two times as many new patients to your office.
3. RGP's provide better vision, as a result of better optics and surface wettability,
fewer deposits, less parameter changes over the course of the day, and offer an
unlimited range of cylinder correction.
4. RGP lenses are more versatile than soft lenses. Whether it is a 10-year old with
progressive myopia (RGP slowing of myopia is no longer simply anecdotal), a 68-year old
wishing to get rid of full time glasses wear, a patient with high astigmatism, GPC, seasonal
allergies with dry eyes, post radial keratotomy, or keratoconus, RGP's can be recommended
with the knowledge that it is the best option for that patient.
5. RGP lenses are safer for your patients. There is decreased neo vascularization,
GPC, staining, ulcerative keratitis, and mycrocysts. Significantly, one study found that
Acanthamoeba binds more readily to soft lenses that to RGP's thus causing greater risk
of infection. RGP's deliver increased oxygen permeability as well. This helps those that are
prone to hypoxic complications such as corneal edema or endothelial polymegethism.
Finally, RGP lenses prevent the many peripheral corneal complications that often result from
soft lens limbal compression.
6. RGP lenses are much easier for the patient to handle and care for. This is especially
true as more and more contact lens practitioners are discouraging disposable lens extended wear.
7. RGP durability and the cost of product care solutions make RGP considerably more
economical for the patient.
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