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Article Date: 11/1/2013

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Report on Lens-Related Discomfort Publishes

With contact lens discomfort (CLD) affecting so many lens wearers—some to the point of discontinuing lens wear—in 2012 the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) initiated the TFOS International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort (CLD Workshop). Chaired by Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, professor at the University of Houston College of Optometry and editor-in-chief of Contact Lens Spectrum, the CLD Workshop’s goal was to reach a global consensus, using an evidence-based approach, on the definition, etiology, management, and future research avenues and clinical study designs for this condition.

The findings were recently reported in the journal Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (www.iovs.org). The CLD Workshop took 18 months to complete and involved 79 experts from around the world. Eight different subcommittees each undertook a specific area of investigation and participated in meetings and presentations on the approach and content.

A summary of the main findings is available in this issue on pp. 49 and 50. The full TFOS CLD Workshop report is available at www.iovs.org. Complete or partial translations will be offered.

For the Record

In the September issue, in the Contact Lens Care & Compliance column titled, “Soft Lens Daily Cleaners” by Susan J. Gromacki, OD, MS, FAAO, Table 2 is attributed to Subbaraman et al, 2006 but should have been attributed to Tyler’s Quarterly. Contact Lens Spectrum regrets the error.

B+L Receives FDA Clearance for Monthly Silicone Hydrogel Lens

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and

Bausch + Lomb (B+L) have announced that B+L has received earlier than expected approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its new frequent replacement silicone hydrogel lens made with MoistureSeal Technology. Representing the category’s first new innovation in frequent replacement silicone hydrogel technology in seven years, the process combines a breakthrough material and manufacturing advancements to produce a contact lens that offers superior comfort and vision, according to B+L.

MoistureSeal Technology is the latest vision care innovation from B+L, building on innovations including Biotrue Oneday contact lenses and Biotrue Multi-Purpose Solution.

INDUSTRY BRIEFS

Mr. Emery Stein, president of E&E Optics, Inc., Van Nuys, Calif., passed away on Sept. 18, 2013. Mr. Stein founded E&E Optics with Edward Murad in 1984. E&E Optics manufactures GP contact lenses and is the sole manufacturer and supplier of Superbridge, eLens, and Free Dimension orthokeratology lenses.

ABB Optical Group, a distributor of Rose K lenses over the past 15 years, has now become an authorized manufacturer of the complete line of Rose K lenses, including the new Rose K2 XL. The ability to manufacture Rose K lenses in its state-of-the-art facility will allow the company to provide the product line to customers faster than ever before. Additionally, their highly trained certified contact lens consultants continue to be available to assist customers with fitting their patients in Rose K lenses. New fitting guides featuring the Rose K family of lenses as well as diagnostic fitting sets for the Rose K2 and Rose K2 XL lenses will soon be available from ABB Optical Group. For more details, contact your ABB Optical Group Sales Executive.

Innovative Insights LLC has launched Tori-Calc, a mobile application that quickly calculates cross cylinder contact lens prescriptions. The company says that ToriCalc, as a private label option, provides a cost effective business solution and can be branded to meet customer demand, and it is optimized to include client specific features. A monthly license model is unique in the industry and opens up mobile computing solutions to a variety of businesses or groups that desire to increase customer reach and tie mobility to current digital infrastructure, according to the company. ToriCalc is available initially as an IOS application, with Android following later in 2013. Visit www.toricalc.com.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (JJVCI) is now accepting research proposals related to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and the human eye. Specific areas of interest include the following topics: Eye health including photoageing (cataractogenesis, presbyopia, corneal, retinal, conjunctival/limbal changes); Epidemiology of UV-induced ocular disease including geographic, ethnic, and occupational study—proposals may include the study of indoor and outdoor UV radiation as well as increased risk associated with UV exposure in youth; Assessing the protective effect of UV blocking contact lenses on human ocular tissues including methodology, measurement techniques, and clinical endpoints as well as comparative protective effects of contact lenses and spectacles/ sunglasses. Research proposals must be submitted through the JJVCI Investigator Initiated Study (IIS) application process by contacting the Clinical Research Administrator by email at RA-VISUS-IISRequests@its.jnj.com, or by calling +1 (904) 443-1525. All research proposals must be submitted in English.

Prevent Blindness America (PBA) recently launched “See Jane See - Women’s Healthy Eyes Now,” a web-based educational campaign dedicated solely to women’s health. Women are at significantly greater risk of blindness or visual impairment compared to men. The causes for some eye conditions, including age, hormonal factors, and certain autoimmune diseases, are often very different for women than for men, and the precautions and treatments may differ as well. See Jane See and the dedicated website, SeeJaneSee. org, offers free information and downloadable tip sheets created specifically for women on a variety of issues across the age spectrum. Information will also include symptoms, causes, and treatment options for a variety of conditions. PBA’s future goals for See Jane See include providing timely information through new articles on women’s vision health written by experts in the field; results of a new national survey; and videos that will address a variety of issues to help women maintain healthy vision for a lifetime.

Transitions Optical, Inc. is challenging consumers to put their eye health knowledge to the test through a new, interactive quiz found at TestYourEyeQ.com. Supported by the Transitions Cultural Connections program, the quiz explores the eye health risks more commonly faced by culturally diverse groups and urges those who are at risk to take charge of their eye health by scheduling regular eye exams and wearing the right eyewear to protect and enhance their vision. Throughout the quiz, consumers are provided information and links to resources tailored to specific ethnic groups, including eye health content through Transitions Optical’s Eyeglass Guide. The quiz also provides access to an online eyecare professional locator where consumers can enter their zip codes to find a location near them.

J&J Vision Care Names New President, North America

Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Vision Care, Inc. has announced the appointment of Laura Angelini to the position of president of its North American division. In her new role, Ms. Angelini will be responsible for Vistakon’s U.S. and Canadian businesses.

Ms. Angelini has over 20 years of experience building business and brands at J&J. She has served in various sales and marketing leadership roles across the company’s Medical Device and Diagnostics sector.

Most recently, Ms. Angelini was charged with the task of creating a global enterprise strategy for three previously separate businesses that were unified under Ethicon Surgical Care. She and her team were responsible for launching products in each of the company’s strategic growth categories.

BCLA Launches Industry Award

The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) is instituting a new Industry Award program to reward individuals working within the industry for their outstanding contributions to the contact lens profession. Nominations are now being solicited for the inaugural BCLA Industry Award to be presented during the 38th BCLA Clinical Conference and Exhibition, June 6 to 9, 2014 in Birmingham, UK. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 29, 2013. Nominees can work for any company and must be available to receive the award in person from the BCLA President during the BCLA Gala Dinner to be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014. For more information, visit www.bcla.org.uk/aboutus/whatwedo.


NEW SYMPOSIUM FOR CONTACT LENS SPECIALISTS

The inaugural Contact Lens Specialist Symposium (CLSS) took place Sept. 29 and 30, 2013 at London’s Heathrow Airport. The meeting attracted more than 100 delegates from 12 different countries who enjoyed two days of comprehensive lectures and exhibitions and an evening of dinner and networking.

The first day featured information about ocular surface shape, from the cornea out to the sclera. The second day examined how this shape could best be served with today’s state-of-the-art contact lenses. Topics discussed included sagittal-height soft lens fitting, GP lens fitting, multifocal lenses, orthokeratology, corneal cross-linking, irregular cornea fitting, and scleral lens fitting.

The next CLSS event will be held in Copenhagen in early 2015. Please see the CLSS website (www.clss.eu) for dates, venues, and program updates.

CLMA Bestows Annual Awards

▪ The Contact Lens Manufacturers Association presented its annual awards on Oct. 11, 2013 at its 52nd annual CLMA Meeting and Exhibition to the following recipients:

2014 Practitioners of the Year: Michael A. Ward, MMSc, FAAO, for outstanding professional expertise in fitting customized contact lenses to benefit patients with improved vision and corneal health and to advance the contact lens field.

Honorary Recognition: Fadi G. Achkouti, in appreciation for a lifetime of dedication and service to the contact lens industry.

Industry Enhancement: Janice Y. Adams, for unselfish dedication to the CLMA and the contact lens industry.

Trailblazers Award: Naomi J. Svochak, for her outstanding achievement in product development to the enhancement of the contact lens industry.

Students Eligible for Grants

Optometry Cares - The AOA Foundation is now soliciting essay submissions from third year optometry students (class of 2015) for two scholarship awards: The Dr. Seymour Galina Grant, established at the bequest of the late AOA member Dr. Seymour Galina, and the InfantSee Scholarship Grant, sponsored by Vision West, Inc..

The 2014 Dr. Seymour Galina Grant winner will receive an award of $2,500. The 2014 InfantSee Scholarship will have a first place prize of $5,000, and a runner-up award of $2,500.

The deadline for submission varies among different institutions, so interested applicants should check with their schools’ Student Affairs Offices. For scholarship applications and further information about each scholarship’s submission criteria, visit www.aoafoundation.org.

IVE and BCLA to Create Global Contact Lens Forum

The International Vision Expo and Conference (IVE) (www.visionexpo.com) and the British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) (www.bcla.org.uk) have entered into a multi-year agreement to create a two-day “Global Contact Lens Forum.” The events are intended to provide showcases to hear the best scientific and business content relating to contact lenses.

The new partnership follows months of discussion aimed at expanding and improving continuing education offerings at their respective conferences. This initiative brings together the scientific and clinical strengths of the BCLA with the IVE’s leadership in business strategies and practice management. The Global Contact Lens Forums will offer comprehensive presentations of the most recent clinical research and best business practices that attendees can implement directly in their work.

The first forum will be available at International Vision Expo East in New York, March 26 to 27, 2014. The BCLA will host the second forum June 6 to 9, 2014, at its 38th Conference and Exhibition in Birmingham, UK. Online registration for the Global Contact Lens Forum will open in conjunction with International Vision Expo East registration in November.

New Warranty Policy for Sclerals

Visionary Optics, LLC, maker of Europa Scleral and Jupiter Scleral lenses, announced an enhanced warranty and exchange policy created to alleviate any concerns about using scleral lenses on irregular cornea patients. For parameter adjustments on exchanges and remakes, the new policy offers unlimited exchanges within 90 days of purchase. For complete details on the new warranty policy enhancements, go to www.visionary-optics.com.


TFOS Presents Lifetime Achievement Awards

▪ The Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society (TFOS) recently presented its TFOS Lifetime Achieve Awards to Kelly K. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO, and Gary N. Foulks, MD. The organization states that both of these individuals have performed extraordinary services for TFOS. Each has served as a Steering Committee member and Subcommittee Chair of the TFOS Dry Eye WorkShop and the TFOS Workshops on Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and Contact Lens Discomfort (CLD). Furthermore, Dr. Nichols chaired, and Dr. Foulks was vice-chair of, the MGD Workshop. In addition, Dr. Foulks, as editor-in-chief of The Ocular Surface (TOS) for many years, has facilitated communication, and promoted a stronger relationship, between TOS and TFOS. Both have played an outstanding role in the growth of TFOS. Accordingly, the TFOS Governing Board has recognized Dr. Nichols’ and Dr. Foulks’ exceptional energy and tireless commitment with Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Sauflon Obtains FDA Approval for Clariti Family of Silicone Hydrogel Lenses

Sauflon has announced the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its Clariti family of daily disposable and reusable contact lenses, paving the way for the launch of the silicone hydrogel family into the U.S. market.

The company says that this is a landmark achievement for an independent, British manufacturer and represents an opportunity for greater access to these innovative and groundbreaking products. With its availability in daily disposable and reusable contact lens modalities across sphere, toric, and multifocal designs, the comprehensive Clariti silicone hydrogel family is ideally suited to satisfy a wider range of practitioner and patient needs in the United States, according to Sauflon. Options include Clariti, Clariti Toric, Clariti Multifocal, Clariti 1 Day, Clariti 1 Day Toric, and Clariti 1 Day Multifocal.

The company expects that Sauflon’s steadfast eyecare practitioner only policy will resonate with U.S. practitioners, empowering them to achieve higher levels of practice protection and patient retention.

Details of when the Clariti family of silicone hydrogel lenses will launch in the United States were not available at press time.

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SynergEyes Streamlines Policies and Procedures

▪ SynergEyes, Inc. has announced that it will modernize its policies for ordering and returning lenses. To make it easier to do business with the company, SynergEyes is also streamlining other customer-facing procedures.

The policy and procedure changes will include enhancements that save practitioners time and money, give them peace-of-mind when prescribing SynergEyes lenses, and also give them the opportunity to “go green.” Effective Nov. 1, prescribers will no longer need to return lenses to receive credit for discontinued fits, whether they are working with Duette, UltraHealth, or SynergEyes lenses. In addition, the warranty period for all lenses will be 90 days, and receiving credit, when necessary, will be easy and hassle-free. SynergEyes also will be automating a number of procedures, from account setup to billing. Accounts will have the option to receive printed versions of their statements or to go paperless by using an online account management system.



Contact Lens Spectrum, Volume: 28 , Issue: November 2013, page(s): 3 - 57

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