GP Lens Institute Newsletter | July 29, 2022


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How to Introduce Orthokeratology into Your Practice

This month’s newsletter focuses on orthokeratology. This very effective method of myopia management and how you can help build your practice with this modality was the subject of our July webinar from Dr. Roxanna Potter. Dr. Potter, who established a private practice in a Toledo, OH suburb upon completing a Cornea and Contact Lens residency program in 2006 at the Michigan College of Optometry, has built her practice on the fitting of all types of GP lenses including sclerals, multifocals, irregular cornea, and orthokeratology. She authors the GP insights column for Contact Lens Spectrum and is a long-time advisory board member of the GPLI and has contributed to many resources including her many staff training webinars for the GPLI staff module. Our many resources pertaining to orthokeratology are also featured in this issue. We also recently had our quarterly webinar for students pertaining to how to perform clinical research and the benefits associated with it as presented by Dr. Erin Tomiyama, who has completed a Cornea and Contact Lens residency, MS degree, and most recently a PhD program at the University of Houston prior to joining the faculty at the Southern California College of Optometry.


How to Incorporate Orthokeratology into Contact Lens Practice

Roxanna Potter, OD, FAAO, FSLS

Dr. Potter’s webinar addressed each of the following areas:

1. Benefits of Incorporating Orthokeratology into Practice (i.e., increasing practice profitability, increase patient base with a unique benefit, increase patient loyalty, and provide myopia control

2. Resources to help you get started

3. Staff training: everything you need to know to have a well-informed and well-trained staff some of which you can access at the GPLI Staff Module found at:

4. Necessary Equipment: a topographer would be mandatory

5. Marketing Materials

6. Office Policies

7. Lens Design and Fitting:

  • Trial set fitting
  • Empirical design and ordering
  • Topography-based software design

8. How to decide upon a laboratory/design

9. Office Flow

  • Scheduling/consultation
  • Fitting
  • Follow-up evaluations
  • The importance of the laboratory consultant
  • Customer Service

10. Recruiting Patients

11. Creating Policies

12. New Wearer Folder

13. Case Study One: The cost of doing ortho-K

14. Case Study Two: Minimizing the dissatisfied patient

15. Case Study Three: “Can I have a copy of my spectacle Rx?”

16. Fitting Tips

17. Summary Pearls

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Who Cares About Research? What Every Optometry Student Should Know

Erin Tomiyama, OD, PhD, FAAO

Among the many areas discussed in Dr. Tomiyama’s webinar included:

1. An interest in research can occur during optometry school with opportunities such as summer research institutes, faculty desiring research assistance, and ultimately through an optometric residency

2. Why should you care about research?

3. Step One: How do you form a good research question?

4. Step Two: How do you find research (i.e., review peer-reviewed literature and other sources)

5. Step Three: How do you evaluate research?

  • Experimental versus observational studies
  • Bias determination
  • How to read through a paper

6.  How do you apply research?

  • Case 1: Toric Orthokeratology
  • Case 2: High Add multifocal for myopia management
  • Case 3: Low dose atropine

7.  How research plays a role going forward

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August 16th at 8PM Central

Specialty Contact Lens Grand Rounds: The Decision-Making Process

by Tiffany Andrzejewski, OD, FAAO and John Gelles, OD, FIAO, FCLSA, FSLS

This course is COPE Qualified for 1 hour of continuing education.

COPE Course ID: 79467-CL

The GP Lens Institute has gratefully received commercial support from Acuity Polymers, Inc.BostonSightContamac, and Menicon for this activity in the form of unrestricted educational grants.

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The GPLI has no less than nine archived webinars on myopia management in the last two years including several pertaining to orthokeratology / corneal reshaping and an excellent webinar – also included in our coding and billing module – on reimbursement paradigms. The Grand Rounds Troubleshooting Guide has five unique cases pertaining to orthokeratology, and the newly revised Contact Lens Clinical Pocket Guide has an entire section on how to fit, evaluate, and follow-up orthokeratology patients.

In addition, the following two consumer brochures are available complimentary and can be accessed here:

See With Your Contact Lenses Even When You're Not Wearing Them

Myopia Management

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Contact Lens Clinical Pocket Guide

This “how to” condensed 27-page clinical guide was recently revised by many of the GPLI Advisory Board members and “Rising Stars.” It is well illustrated and includes sections on:

• Spherical GP Lenses

• Soft Toric Lenses

• GP Back Surface and Bitoric Lenses

• Multifocal Lenses

• Orthokeratology

• Keratoconus

• Scleral Lens Fitting and Handling

• Vertex conversion and mm-D conversation charts

Download it here, or order the printed pocket guide here.

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Orders shipped to the US only - 200 of each complimentary including shipping



We have almost 3000 GP specialists with their area(s) of specialty listed to assist you when you need to refer a patient or for patients looking for a GP specialist, as this resource is also available on our consumer site:

If you are interested in signing up to be a referral GP lens practitioner, you can do so here

Specialties Include:

General GP Contact Lenses

Bifocal/Multifocal Contact Lenses

Contact Lenses for Irregular Corneas

Corneal Reshaping / Orthokeratology

Scleral Lens Designs

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Keratoconus Symposium

The GPLI is a silver sponsor of the two-day online keratoconus symposium to be held August 6th and 7th. Presented by 12 of the foremost experts in keratoconus, there are eight COPE continuing education credits available. This symposium is co-sponsored by Woo University, the National Keratoconus Foundation, and the International Keratoconus Academy. 

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About the GPLI


Edward S. Bennett, OD, MSEd, FAAO, FSLS

Professor Emeritus, University of Missouri St Louis College of Optometry

President and Executive Director, GP Lens Institute (GPLI)

The Gas Permeable Lens Institute is dedicated to providing eyecare professionals with unbiased educational and practice-building resources highlighting GP and custom manufactured soft contact lenses.

Please support the educational opportunities provided by the GP Lens Institute. We will continue to support all ECPs, staff and your patients. Be kind, respectful and find happiness within yourself!!

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