This month, CooperVision reminds patients to take care of their eyes through the ages as a part of Healthy Aging® Month. Now in its second decade, Healthy Aging® Month is described by its founders as "an annual health observance designed to focus national attention on the positive aspects of growing older."
Carolyn Worthington, editor in chief of Healthy Aging Magazine and founder of Healthy Aging® Month, says that this awareness campaign is designed to "draw attention to the myths of aging, to shout out 'Hey, its not too late to take control of your health, its never too late to get started on something new.'"
Practitioners can use the national attention on this annual observance as a talking point with presbyopic patients for entering contact lens wear and making healthy long-term contact lens decisions. Silicone hydrogel daily disposable lenses like clariti® 1-day contact lenses are available in an affordable multifocal option and can provide both a great entry point into contact lens wear and a healthy long term wearing experience for our aging population.
Casey Hogan, OD, FAAO, is a strong proponent of embracing silicone hydrogel daily disposable technology for her aging patients. "As our patients become older, contact lens intolerance due to tear film and ocular surface changes becomes a challenge," says Hogan. "In my practice, this is my lens of choice for my presbyopic patients. Happy patients lead to reduced chair time, referrals, and a healthy practice."
Additional resources and information related to Healthy Aging® Month can be found at www.healthyaging.net.