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Thesis

Computer assisted rigid contact lens fitting training program

1 May 1998

Abstract

Training eye care professionals and students to fit Rigid Gas Permeable contact lenses is a detailed process with many variables. Reliable, consistent, quality fitting comes only after considerable patient contact. This thesis proposes a method of increasing trainee fitting experience without increasing the number of patient encounters. This can potentially reduce fitting errors and excessive number of trial fittings. This method involves using the program "SUPERFIT", in combination with worksheets that instruct the trainee to move through the program using different fitting variables, such as keratometry readings, lens power, and peripheral K readings. Thus the trainee can directly observe different fitting relationships including tear volume, projected flourescein patterns and power, diameter, and base curve relationships.


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