Date of Award

5-1994

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Vision Science

Committee Chair

James E. Peterson

Abstract

Fifteen patients (representing an age range between thirteen and fifty) were selected from a private practice, in which the doctor practiced primary care optometry and integrated the fitting of bifocal contact lenses as a "specialty niche." Upon completion of the fitting process, questionnaires were filled out by both the patient and doctor. From these questionnaires (representing issues ranging from visual performance and self image to the doctor's monetary gain and overall growth of the practice), a single subject design was implemented, comparing the impact before and after the bifocal contact lens fitting. Although bifocal contacts are not a panacea for all near point problem patients, this study demonstrated that with some tenacity, careful patient selection, and the correct lens, a significant success rate could be achieved from both the patient's and the doctor's perspective.

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Optometry Commons

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