Article Date: 11/1/2010

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Updated Silicone Hydrogel Available

Vistakon has launched Acuvue Advance Plus Brand Contact Lenses with Hydraclear Technology. Acuvue Advance Plus is a redesigned and enhanced successor to the company's Acuvue Advance lenses. Vistakon says that Acuvue Advance Plus offers improvements in initial and overall comfort as well as in visual clarity compared to Acuvue Advance.

Acuvue Advance Plus also employs Ultra-Clean Technology, which Vistakon says helps resist deposits and keeps the contact lens surface clean and feeling smooth throughout the entire wear cycle. The new lens comes six to a box, and the 24-pack value packaging makes the purchase of an annual supply more affordable for wearers, according to Vistakon.

ACUVUE ADVANCE PLUS IS AN IMPROVED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL ACUVUE ADVANCE LENS.

Parameters for Acuvue Advance Plus include base curves of 8.3mm and 8.7mm and a diameter of 14.0mm in sphere powers of −0.50D to −6.00D and +0.50D to +6.00D in 0.25D increments and from −6.50D to −12.00D and +6.50D to +8.00D in 0.50D increments. Acuvue Advance Plus will gradually replace Acuvue Advance. Call (800) 874-5278 or visit www.jnjvisioncare.com/ap.

Comfort Drops Designed for Ortho-k

Natural Ophthalmics, Inc. now offers Ortho-K Treatment Eye Drops in both Day Time and Night Time Formulas. The drops contain homeopathic ingredients to relieve the leading challenges for contact lens patient compliance, according to the company. Each contains eight ingredients designed to stimulate tear film production, counteract irritation, halt allergies, reduce foreign body sensation, and promote corneal health. The Night Time Gel is designed to reduce mechanical irritation. The clarifying Day Time Drop is preservative-free and can be used as often as needed to alleviate dry, red, itchy, or irritated eyes. Both drops can be used with ortho-k lenses in place. The Day Time drop can also be used with soft lenses. Both are safe for children and nursing/pregnant women. The drops are available only through healthcare practitioners.

Formulated for the Orthokeratology Academy of America (OAA), OAA members receive a 10 percent discount. Call (877) 220-9710 or visit www.naturaleyedrops.com.

THESE HOMEOPATHIC DROPS CAN BE USED DURING ORTHO-K WEAR.

New MPS Hits Shelves

Abbott Medical Optics has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration market clearance for RevitaLens Ocutec, which AMO describes as a nextgeneration multipurpose disinfection solution for silicone hydrogel and traditional hydrogel soft contact lenses.

RevitaLens Ocutec was developed in cooperation with silicone hydrogel, microbiology, and chemistry experts and with input from more than 600 eyecare professionals.

AMO reports that key characteristics of the new solution include high microorganism kill rates; protein removal from lens surfaces; effectively kills Acanthamoeba and Fusarium; reduces corneal staining; and minimizes risk of eye complications. AMO began retail shipments of RevitaLens Ocutec in October. The product also has CE Mark approval in Europe. Call (866) 427-8477 or visit www.abbott.com.

New Lubricant Drop for MGD Patients

Alcon has launched Systane Balance Lubricant Eye Drops. The new drop contains HP Guar, borate, sorbitol, propylene glycol and Alcon's exclusive LipiTech System, which the company says is a unique emulsion technology of mineral oil and an anionic phospholipid. Systane Balance is designed to restore the lipid layer and the natural tear film.

Patients who suffer from dry eye associated with meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) can use Systane Balance to restore their lipid layer, re-establish their natural tear film and maintain their tear film stability, according to the company. Alcon says that physicians observed an association between the use of Systane Balance and better tear film stabilization as well as an improvement in the thickening of the lipid layer. In addition, patients reported minimal blur after instilling Systane Balance.

Systane Balance is widely available at major retailers in the United States and will become available in Latin America later this year. Call (800) 451-3937 or visit www.systane.com.



Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: November 2010