Would you like to make your Patients Cry? Color My World(CMW) has just launched a professional kit of their 5 most effective, color enhancing lenses that often produce strong emotional reactions for color-deficient patients.
Skeptical? Our founder, David Hyndman OD, was also very skeptical. As with most eyecare professionals, he had only limited experience with the red monochrome contact and glasses. Those lenses were highly ineffective and gave Hyndman the mindset that Colorblindness could not really be helped.
It took a 10 year old colorblind(CB) boy and his mother that were adamant that Hyndman look into CB glasses. He consented and started researching the technology, and found dozens of on-line videos of emotional reactions to CB glasses. He contacted what seemed to be the biggest on-line supplier of the glasses and asked to be a retailer. (That company offers an outdoor and indoor version of their lens.) His request was turned down, giving the reason that they were quite busy and if they needed someone in that area of the country they would let him know.
That decision turned out to be a blessing. It forced him to look into other manufactures and to bring in many different lens options. After ordering several prototypes, The CB boy (along with his CB Grandpa) came into the office to try them. Still doubting the glasses would help, Hyndman was shocked and very pleasantly surprised when they both reacted with an emotional big "Wow". All parties were crying by the time they left the office in their new CB glasses! You can view their story and others on our web-page: www.glassesforthecolorblind.com.
This reaction convinced Hyndman that this needed to be a part of his practice. He continued to order other lens styles and began checking EVERY patient for CBness. With almost a year of research and trying them on over 100 patients, he was encouraged by colleagues to take this to other OD's. Optometry needed to know about this new technology to truly help many of our CB patients. Statistics show 5-10% of people are CB. That equates to tens of millions of Americans that could benefit from these lenses.
Hyndman narrowed his collection of lenses down to the 5 most effective to make up the CMW Kit for correcting CBness. Predicting which lens will help which patient is proving to be difficult. Some patients testing to be the exact same type of CBness have chosen different lenses. In short, each CB patient needs to try on all 5 to find their preference. With future research, new lens types may be added to the kit hoping to reach a 100% success rate.
So what is the current success rate? We are finding 25-30% will get the big "WOW" reaction. Approximately, another 60% will get a good improvement, often enough gain they want a pair for at least part time use. For more information on this brand-new way to help our patients, come visit our booth (327) or go on-line to: www.glassesforthecolorblind.com