The American Optician

Winter 2017

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1 4 C a t e r e r . R u n n e r . M u l t i t a s k e r . C a t e R u n n e r . M u l t i t a s k e r The daily lens for demanding days. NEW 1 - DAY Because I know Emma's days are demanding, I prescribe NEW ACUVUE OASYS ® 1-Day. HydraLuxe ™ Technology: Tear-infused design An enhanced network of tear-like molecules and highly breathable hydrated silicone integrates with your patients' tear fi lm each day. I know Emma's day full of activities creates environmental shifts that can destabilize her tear fi lm. So for Emma, I reach for the lens with a tear-infused design that mimics mucins to help support a stable tear fi lm. That's why I prescribe NEW ACUVUE OASYS ® Brand Contact Lenses with HydraLuxe ™ Technology. ACUVUE ® Brand Contact Lenses are indicated for vision correction. As with any contact lens, eye problems, including corneal ulcers, can develop. Some wearers may experience mild irritation, itching or discomfort. Lenses should not be prescribed if patients have any eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. Consult the package insert for complete information. Complete information is also available by visiting or by calling 1-800-843-2020. ACUVUE ® , ACUVUE OASYS ® , and HydraLuxe™ are trademarks of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. © Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. 2015 10375636-A August 2015 E yecare mission work is my passion. As a student optician at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology in Massachusetts, I was able to experience how impactful this work is. Providing Haitians with eyeglasses and working alongside an optometric team is especially gratifying. In 2015, I went as a lay volunteer, this year (2016) I went as a student optician, funded by OAA's Vision of Hope Foundation . During these trips, optometrists refract, identify and treat some diseases. More serious cases are sent to Haitian eye clinics for further treatment or surgery. The optometric community has a long and robust history of providing volunteer eyecare to the poor. Opticians also play a valuable part of an eyecare team. On our recent mission to Haiti, an elderly artist approached. "Mademoiselle, please, I am an artist. I can no longer distinguish the strokes in my artwork and thus can no longer paint. Can you please help me?" We fit him in a simple pair of readers. He was exuberantly grateful and disappeared in the chaotic and colorful Haitian city with the words, "Merci, mademoiselle. And God bless you." This exchange captures the essence of the Haitian people: kind, modest, and grateful. They accept their situation of extreme poverty with grace and resilience and make the best of their circumstances. Both eye health and vision correction play important roles in one's quality of life. It will be exciting in the years to come to see the opticianry community get more involved in helping to provide vision access to the poor. Jennifer Hyde is a student at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology. Read more about the opticianry student here . V I S I O N O F H O P E Student Optician on a Mission

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