ABO 1 Credit (Technical / Level 2)
Florida 0 Credit
This course will present information regarding the unique dispensing skills needed to dispense eyewear to the aging population. Sometimes considered a challenge, this course will discuss the “Senior” opportunity. As “Generation X” enters their presbyopic years, ways of dispensing have changed dramatically regarding options and information given to patients. Information on the personality traits of the different generations of the older population will be included. Identifying specific needs in fit, fashion and function for older patients will be presented, including proper measurements and anatomical considerations. This course will also present the importance of communicating. Information on ocular changes as patients age will also be included.
Upon completion of this subsection, the student should be able to:
• list at least three ocular changes of the older patient;
• have a better understanding of presbyopia and accommodation, and opportunities for both spectacles and contact lenses and/or a combination of both;
• identify multiple fitting options for both the spectacle and the contact lens wearer;
• explain the causes of the decline in accommodation;
• list several of the concerns of the presbyopic patient;
• have a better understanding of some of the ocular health problems associated with the aging eye that affects both spectacle wearers and contact lens wearers, and
• discuss the importance of communication with your patients to ensure that all fitting options are covered, include spectacles, contact lenses (and the types), as well as other options.