Dispensing opticians fit twice as many new patients for contact lenses every week compared to optometrists, according to new research.
Optician Online reported the results of the findings of the study, which it carried out with the Association of Contact Lens Manufacturers.
The research found that dispensing opticians who fit contact lenses have six new patients a week on average.
For optometrists, however, the figure was three.
While optometrists use 15 per cent of their patient time on contact lenses, dispensing opticians use two-thirds of it for this purpose.
The data was gathered from 800 self-completed questionnaires.
Most of them (76 per cent) came from optometrists and the rest from dispensing opticians.
Recently, Bausch & Lomb released a new bottle to store contact lens solution to show when a top-up is needed.
The transparent ReNu MultiPlus bottles have line markers to show when it is time to stock up on solution.
by Martin Burns