CooperVision Launches Two New Lenses
Inc. has introduced its Proclear Multifocal Toric and this month plans to introduce
its Proclear 1-Day contact lens.
The Proclear Multifocal Toric is the only multifocal toric lens
available in a monthly modality, according to CooperVision. The company says the
lens is also part of the PC Hydrogel family of contact lenses made with omafilcon
A, combining CooperVision Balanced Progressive Technology and PC Technology to enhance
the lens-wetting experience for astigmatic presbyopes. Lens parameters include sphere
powers of +4.00D to –6.00D in 0.25D steps; add powers of +1.00D, +1.50D, +2.00D
and +2.50D; cylinder powers of –0.75D, –1.25D, –1.75D and –2.25D
in axes of five degrees to 180 degrees in five-degree steps; and base curves of
8.4mm and 8.8mm.
daily disposable Proclear 1-Day lens is also part of the PC Hydrogel lens family
and, according to the company, offers excellent overall comfort as well as improved
comfort for wearers at the end of the day. It features CooperVision's Aberration
Neutralising aspheric optics for sharper vision. Parameters include 8.7mm base curve;
14.2mm diameter; sphere powers of –0.25D to –6.50D in 0.25D steps and
–6.50D to –10.00D in 0.50D steps (0.25D steps available May 2007); center
thickness of 0.09mm at –3.00DS; and 0.07mm edge thickness with a round edge
design. The lens Dk is 33 and Dk/t is 37 at –3.00DS. Call (800) 538-7824 or
New Bifocal GP Option, GP Care System
Menicon America, Inc. has launched Menifocal Z in the United States
through Lens Dynamics, Inc. The GP concentric bifocal design features distance-center/peripheral-near
front surface optics. Menicon says it designed the front surface distance-near transition
zone to eliminate ghost images. The spherical base curve is easy to fit and provides
excellent comfort and correction for low to moderate astigmatism without corneal
molding, according to the company. Research studies indicate that Menifocal Z manufactured
in Menicon Z material is safe for daily wear or up to 30 days of continuous wear.
Call Lens Dynamics at (800) 228-2691.
America also launched its new MeniCare GP lens care system for GP lenses in the
United States, replacing Claris products. Menicon says the new system is especially
recommended for hyper-Dk GPs or plasma-treated lenses. It consists of the MeniCare
GP Cleaning, Disinfecting and Storage (CDS) solution and the MeniCare GP Wetting
and Rewetting Drop. Patients must fully rinse the CDS solution from their lenses
before using the rewetting drop. Both solutions are preserved with benzyl alcohol.
Call (800) MENICON (636-4266.
Diagnostic System for Fitting Keratoconus
ABBA Optical has introduced ABBA K_3, a new diagnostic system
for keratoconus and other corneal irregularities. The K_3 System contains lens designs
ranging in diameters from 8.4mm to 13.5mm and base curves ranging from 39.00D to
68.00D in both spherical and aspherical geometries. ABBA says its ABBA K_3 is a
unique approach utilizing multiple lens designs in an easy-to-use system to help
practitioners reduce office visits for their most difficult-to-fit patients. The
lenses are manufactured in Optimum GP Materials (Contamac). Call (800) 331-2015
or visit www.abbaoptical
Expanded PureVision Toric Parameters
Bausch & Lomb has expanded the parameters of its PureVision
Toric silicone hydrogel lens to include plus powers as well as a higher cylinder
across the entire correction range.
The new parameters include plus powers from +0.25D to +6.00D in
0.25D steps in cylinders of –0.75D, –1.25D and –1.75D in axes
from 10 degrees to 180 degrees; and a higher cylinder of –2.25D across the
entire range from +6.00D to –9.00D. Call (800) 828-9030 or visit www.bausch.com.
Silicone Hydrogels Go Custom
CIBA Vision is making available later this month its O2Optix
Custom silicone hydrogel lens. Manufactured in sifilcon A, the lenses have a Dk/t
of 117 at –3.00D and are available for high myopia, high hyperopia, large
and small corneas, steep and flat corneas and aphakia.
plans to introduce the lens in additional markets later in 2007, and it will be
known as Air Optix Individual in Europe. CIBA also plans to later expand the parameters
to include toric designs.
CIBA developed the patented InnoLathe manufacturing technology
to produce O2Optix Custom lenses. The new material and manufacturing
process allow CIBA to lathe-cut the lenses.
Lens parameters include sphere powers from +20.00D to –20.00D
in 0.25D steps; 13.2mm diameter in base curves of 7.8mm, 8.1mm, 8.4mm, 8.7mm or
9.0mm; or 14.8mm diameter in base curves of 8.0mm, 8.3mm, 8.6mm, 8.9mm or 9.2mm.
The lenses have approval for daily wear with recommended quarterly replacement.
Call (800) 241-5999 or visit www
New Contact Lens Training Resource
The Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
(JCAHPO) and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) have introduced
the JCAHPO/CLAO Contact Lens Learning System, a new, interactive computer-based
training program to help eyecare professionals provide better care for their contact
According to the developers, the JCAHPO/CLAO Contact Lens Learning
System uses true-to-life computer simulation, custom animation and digital video
techniques to teach technicians what they need to know about basic eye anatomy and
physiology, optics, instrumentation, corneal topography, contact lens types and
properties, and basic and advanced contact lens fitting. The training system is
now available through JCAHPO at (800) 284-3937 or online at www.jcahpo.org.
Legal Defense and License Protection
SML Holdings has launched Save My License, a service designed
to help professionals protect and save their licenses, their careers, their good
name and their livelihood from state board and administrative regulatory actions.
Save My License enables licensed professionals of all types to
receive up to $100,000 in costs and legal fees to defend against any state or national
board, administrative or regulatory actions that threaten their license and their
livelihood. Save My License plans offer protection levels of $25,000, $50,000 or
$100,000 that start at $49 per year. All levels of membership include protection
against fines a member may be obligated to pay up to $5,000.
SaveMyLicense.com is not an insurance company, but a member
organization and professional society of licensed professionals. Members are afforded
legal defense services and protection through a proprietary network of outside law
firms throughout the United States, or they can use their own attorney of choice,
according to the company.
This service is owned and operated by an institutional holding
and investment company, SML Holding Corporation, and has been registered with
the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Better Business Bureau and VeriSign. Visit
Contact Lens Spectrum, Issue: January 2007