Here is an e-mail that I received today from a representative from SynergEyes in response to a request for information. I have deleted identifying information. I have not yet heard from my ophthalmologist. I might need to go to St. Louis to talk to someone who specializes in fitting the SynergEyes lenses but I've been going there for facial physical therapy anyway.
Itâ€™s certainly possible that a Synergeyes hybrid contact lens may help to retain a healthy tear layer over the front surface of your eyes, especially if augmented with judicious use of rewetting drops--though you may be advised to use one of the less viscous versions of the Refresh drops that are designed to work better with contact lens wear during the day. As for which specific lens design would work best, that is something that more likely depends on factors other than your surgical or neurological historyâ€”i.e. your corneal topography and refractive needs will be the primary determinants. I would suggest that you use the prescriber locator at our website www.synergeyes.com
to find someone near you who is certified in all of our lens designs so as to maximize your options. They will be best qualified to help you decide if SynergEyes has a lens that will help your particular needs. Thank you for sharing your ideas and for your interest in the SynergEyes family of hybrid lenses.
Director, Consultation and Communications
From: Sara Hartman
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 6:57 AM
To: web form
Subject: Consumer Site Contact Request
The following information request was recently submitted on SynergEyes.com:
Hello. I have left-side facial paresis following a microvascular decompression surgery for hemifacial spasm. I have incomplete blinking on that side aided by a platinum eyelid implant. While I have regained some movement, my ophthalmologist and facial physical therapist do not think I will regain a full blink. Currently I use Refresh PM around the clock to keep my cornea moist. It works well and my cornea has remained in good health, but of course it blurs the vision in that eye. I have adapted fairly well for the most part, but would certainly like to have clear vision back especially when driving at night. A person on an on-line support group I frequent mentioned that her ophthalmologist had prescribed a Synergeyes lens for her and it worked very well. I have contacted her to ask what type of lens she uses, but she has not responded. I am hoping that you can suggest which lens might work best in my situation. I think that a post-surgical lens might work, or ClearKone since it rests on the sclera which might make it easier to keep the cornea moist. Thank you for any help you might be able to offer. There are more people than you might think in the same situation so this could be another niche market for your company. Sincerely, Sara Hartman
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