In 2019 SunSync Elite revolutionized the light-reactive lens category with its groundbreaking fade-back speed. To illustrate how much faster it was, we shared a video comparing SunSync Elite to the industry’s top-selling photochromic at the time.
Later that year, the top-selling brand released a new photohcromic with new technology. So, we wanted to see how SunSync Elite stacked up against it.
On April 1, 2020 Vision Service Plan® will introduce a new photochromic category to the VSP® ophthalmic product formulary, and there will be significant changes for SunSync Elite and SunSync Elite XT Light-Reactive Lenses.
Light-reactive (or photochromic) lenses are a great choice for a wide variety of patients and they come with a boatload of benefits. With this in mind, it can be easy to get carried away when recommending them to patients and overpromise. As with any lens, it’s essential to present them accurately and honestly to set the foundation for a better wearer experience. After all, if a patient understands the reason behind a performance characteristic, they’re less likely to perceive it as a product flaw and call you with a complaint…or worse, a redo request.
With that in mind, here are five photochromic faux pas to avoid when recommending a light-reactive lens to a patient:
Think back to when you were a kid and someone treated you to an outing to the local ice cream parlor. You walk through the doors and are greeted by the sweet smell of 31 flavors and fresh waffle cones. You approach the counter set on a double scoop of Rocky Road, but with your nose pressed up to the glass and an endless array of flavors before your eyes, you’re less confident in your choice.
The pralines and cream with caramel drizzle looks amazing, the strawberry is always a safe bet, and the neon swirl of color beaming from a half-scooped tub of rainbow sherbet pulls you in yet another direction.
In the end you stick with your original choice, but as you leave the shop with a taste of Rocky Road in your mouth and a trickle of it racing down the cone towards your knuckles, you wonder if you made the right call.
VSP will unveil an enhanced Premier Program in 2020. The enhancements will include new tiers and new qualification criteria. Part of that new criteria includes a change in how SunSync Light-Reactive Lenses count towards your Premier Program status.
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