March 08, 2016

Useful toric calculator added to digital tool to aid contact lens recommendations for even more patients

Southampton, United Kingdom, 8 March 2016 — Global contact lens manufacturer, CooperVision, has recently launched the second major upgrade to its popular, free OptiExpert app with the introduction of a toric calculator. Now in its third major phase, the app is available to download for iOS and Android devices and puts a useful reference tool in the eye care professional’s pocket, providing initial diagnostic lens suggestions from CooperVision’s product families; Avaira®, Biofinity®, Biomedics®,  Clariti® and Proclear®.

The new toric calculator provides an efficient way to calculate a suggested initial diagnostic toric contact lens for each patient. The practitioner simply inputs the patient’s most recent spectacle prescription and the app suggests those toric contact lenses which may result in fitting success and a satisfied patient. OptiExpert also takes into consideration back vertex distance adjustment and on-eye orientation whilst supporting any refinement required, based on the practitioner’s observation of the toric axis location marker.

This latest addition to the app complements the existing multifocal calculator; an ideal aid for the eye care practitioner seeking to transition their presbyopic patients to multifocal contact lenses. Again, the patient's most recent spectacle prescription is simply entered into the calculator to receive suitable initial diagnostic lens suggestions from CooperVision's range of daily disposable and monthly reusable silicone hydrogel and hydrogel products.

Alongside the recent multifocal and toric calculator updates, the app’s original functionality converts the Efron Grading Scales into an easy-to-use digital tool which is always on-hand. It allows practitioners to grade patients against 16 sets of images and covers the key anterior ocular complications of contact lens wear.

The app also includes the ability to securely store images of the patient’s eye condition, facilitating easy comparison to other images on the scale and aiding accurate grading. Practitioners are able to add their own comments following each patient evaluation, allowing a comprehensive record to be compiled of each individual’s condition and any treatment prescribed.

Available in 14 languages and 33 countries worldwide, OptiExpert is actively used by thousands of eye care professionals every month.

Commenting on the expansion, European Professional Services Manager, Elizabeth Lumb said: “We’re very proud of this latest addition to our successful OptiExpert app and are confident that the toric calculator will be extremely useful and beneficial to both practitioners and patients alike. When we launched the app we made a promise to deliver a truly multi-functional digital pocket tool and this latest upgrade demonstrates our continued commitment to support the eye care professional who wants to make the initial diagnostic lens selection process as comprehensive as possible.”

To download the app, eye care professionals should speak to their CooperVision Business Development Manager to obtain the password and then visit the App Store or Google Play Store.

OptiExpert™ is an educational, reference and information tool for eye care professionals. Eye care professionals may choose to use the app in connection with their own patient evaluation but it is not intended to be relied upon for clinical decision-making. OptiExpert™ is not intended as and does not constitute medical or optometric advice nor is it intended to replace the patient evaluation performed by an eye care professional.