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Alcon Hosts Canadian Opticians at Texas HQ

Opticians’ Educational Trip Highlights Innovation and Hospitality

by Shan Khan

In the evolving field of eyecare, continuous learning is vital. I recently joined 18 Canadian opticians on an educational trip to Alcon’s headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. Hosted by Alcon, the visit combined advanced learning and Texan hospitality.

Upon arrival, we were warmly welcomed by Stacey Gavin, Director of Education and Professional Affaires, Priya Malik-Patel, Director of Marketing, and their team. Their hospitality set the tone for a week of intensive learning and camaraderie.

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Focus on Multifocal Contact Lenses

The trip’s primary focus was on multifocal (MF) contact lenses, a growing area in optometry with significant potential for improving patient care and practice revenue. Leading the sessions were Dr. Shaun Moore from Ontario and Dr. Jessica Crooker from Massachusetts, both experts in the field. Dr. Moore provided a structured approach to fitting MF lenses, simplifying a complex process. Dr. Crooker emphasized clear communication with patients and managing their expectations, crucial for successful MF lens fittings.

Dr. Moore and Dr. Crooker highlighted how mastering MF lens fitting enhances patient satisfaction and drives practice growth. Offering solutions for presbyopic patients who want to avoid reading glasses can attract a broader client base and strengthen relationships with existing patients. Satisfied patients are likely to refer friends and family, aiding organic practice growth.

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Hands-On Workshops and Demonstrations

A highlight of the trip was the live workshops, offering hands-on experience in fitting MF lenses. We learned effective chair time management and techniques for achieving optimal visual acuity. Troubleshooting and adjusting lens fits were also covered, providing valuable skills for our practices.

An unforgettable part of the trip was observing live cataract surgery demonstrations using pig eyes. Witnessing advanced surgical techniques up close deepened our appreciation for the precision required in eye surgeries.

Texas Hospitality

Beyond the learning, the trip was enriched by Texan hospitality. Stacey, Priya, and their team ensured our comfort, organizing everything with a personal touch. From accommodations to delicious local cuisine, their efforts made the experience memorable.

The trip to Alcon headquarters was not just about knowledge acquisition; it was about building professional and personal connections. It reinforced the idea that learning in the medical field never stops. The skills and insights gained in Fort Worth will enhance our practices and benefit our patients. Thanks to Alcon’s hospitality, we left Texas with new knowledge, fond memories, and renewed passion for our profession.

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