Over 40 contact lens opticians, practice owners and hospital practitioners attended the first CET roadshow by SynergEyes UK in London on 12 September.
The events, which are being held in support of the SynergEyes Duette range of contact lenses, feature a one-hour CET lecture from former president of the British Contact Lens Association, Nick Atkins.
At the London event, Mr Atkins explained that hybrid contact lenses are often used for complex corneas, but the opportunities to use them for normal corneas in High Street practices are often missed.
Looking at the incidence of astigmatism, Mr Atkins told delegates that 45% of patients requesting contact lenses have 0.75D or more of astigmatism. “The advantage of hybrid contact lenses is that you get the clear vision of rigid gas permeables, but with the comfort of soft lenses,” he said.
“This makes them ideal for astigmats, presbyopia, Keratoconus and irregular corneas,” Mr Atkins added.
The roadshow featured discussion sessions for an additional interactive CET point and finished with a 30-minute live fitting demonstration from the SynergEyes professional services team, led by Phil Thompson.
Mr Thompson, professional services consultant for SynergEyes, explained: “The aim of the roadshow is to help practitioners understand that SynergEyes Duette Hybrid contact lenses are not just for complex cases, but are a legitimate and affordable option for astigmatic patients of all ages, including presbyopes.”
The roadshows continued in Manchester (13 September) and Leeds (14 September). They will also take place in Bristol on 28 September and in Birmingham on 10 October, Edinburgh (11 October), and will end in Glasgow (12 October)