New Option for Emerging Presbyopes
CooperVision, Inc. has introduced Biomedics EP, a two-week
disposable lens designed specifically to meet the visual needs of
the growing category of emerging presbyopes. CooperVision says
Biomedics EP is a better alternative to monovision because the lens
provides superior binocular visual acuity at far, intermediate and
Figure. COOPERVISION OFFERS
A NEW OPTION FOR FITTING EMERGING PRESBYOPES.
CooperVision also says that Biomedics EP lenses are easy to fit and
are designed for patients who have less than +1.50D add. You need
only the patient's manifest refraction information to fit the lens,
according to the manufacturer; there's no need to compensate for add
power or to determine eye dominance.
design features a center spherical distance zone with a progressive
aspheric zone that provides excellent intermediate and near vision,
according to CooperVision.
Parameters include sphere powers of +4.00D to -6.00D in 0.25D steps,
an 8.7mm base curve and 14.4mm diameter. The lenses are manufactured
in omafilcon A, which has a water content of 60 percent. Biomedics
EP is part of the PC Hydrogel family of contact lenses. Call (800)
538-7824 or visit
Allergy Drop Offers More Convenience
Laboratories, Inc. has released its new Pataday (olopatadine
hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.2%) for treating ocular itching
associated with allergic conjunctivitis. Pataday contains the same
active medication as Alcon's Patanol (olopatadine hydrochloride
ophthalmic solution 0.1%), but in a stronger dose that patients
instill once per day rather than the twice per day dosing of Patanol.
Figure. ALCON'S PATADAY
OFFERS ONCE DAILY DOSING FOR OCULAR ALLERGY SUFFERERS.
have shown that the increased concentration of olopatadine retains
both the safety and comfort profile of Patanol while remaining
effective for a longer duration of action, according to Alcon. The
once daily dosing is also much more convenient for ocular allergy
sufferers, according to the company.
Patanol, patients should wait at least 10 minutes after instilling
Pataday before applying soft contact lenses, provided that the eye
isn't red. Call (800) 451-3937 or visit
Dual-Action Artificial Tear Launches
Inc., recently launched Optive Lubricant Eye Drops, a
next-generation artificial tear with a dual-action formula that
works both on the ocular surface and at the cellular level to
provide long-lasting relief from dry eye symptoms, according to the
Figure. ALLERGAN'S NEW
ARTIFICIAL TEAR IS DESIGNED TO PROVIDE LONGER LASTING
DRY EYE RELIEF.
relieves the symptoms of dry eye in two ways. It first provides a
lubricating and hydrating protective shield on the surface of the
eye; it then penetrates below the surface to provide osmoprotection
to the corneal epithelial cells from the excessive salt levels that
occur in the tear film as a result of dry eye syndrome, according to
available in a multi-use bottle and preserved with Purite. Allergan
says that after use, Purite ultimately dissolves into natural tear
components without resulting in ocular surface cellular damage.
Studies also show that Purite has no cytotoxic, allergenic or
irritating effects, and in the bottle Purite meets FDA standards for
killing harmful bacteria and fungi, according to the manufacturer.
available as an over-the-counter eyecare product. Call (800)
433-8871 or visit
Retinal Imaging Upgrade
Heidelberg Engineering has added new software features for its
Heidelberg Retina Angiograph II (HRA2) imaging device. New features
include wide field imaging to provide real-time panoramic views of
the retina; 55 degree lens, an upgrade from the existing 30 degree
lens; automatic real-time (ART) software, a new method of on-line
image processing that produces a higher quality composite image and
can smooth pan-retinal images; and enhanced autofluorescence
imaging, to produce crisper images, according to Heidelberg. These
new features are available on new equipment or as a software upgrade
package for existing equipment.
Heidelberg also recently released its HRT Retina Module Premium
Edition, a new software that features advanced capabilities to
precisely evaluate retina thickness and to help detect macular
edema, according to the manufacturer. The new module fits all
existing HRT units, and no additional hardware is required at
installation, according to Heidelberg. Call (800) 931-2230 or visit
Lid Cleanser for Severe Conditions
has introduced OcuSoft Lid Scrub Plus Extra Strength Eyelid
Cleanser. It features a low-level preservative combined with a
moisturizer and is recommended for patients who have moderate to
severe eyelid conditions, according to the manufacturer.
time-kill study, OcuSoft Lid Scrub Plus Extra Strength was
independently tested against a variety of pathogens including
S epidermidis, a leading cause of
post-operative endophthalmitis. These studies demonstrated that
OcuSoft Lid Scrub Plus Extra Strength effected a 5.5 log reduction
vs. a 3.5 log reduction of a competitor. According to OcuSoft, the
new lid scrub was also categorized as an entire ratings category
milder than its competitor.
Figure. OCUSOFT LID SCRUB
PLUS EXTRA STRENGTH IS FORMULATED FOR SEVERE EYELID
Lid Scrub Plus Extra Strength is available in both Pre-Moistened
Pads or as a Foam Pump Dispenser. The manufacturer recommends the
product for prepping eyelids prior to surgery or for patients who
have severe blepharitis and other eyelid conditions, recommending
that such patients use it every day for 10 to 14 days and then
switch to the Original Formula. Call (800) 233-5469 or visit
Have Solutions Delivered to Patients
USA has introduced to the U.S. market its Patient Direct program,
which allows practitioners to derive profitable contact lens
solution sales without the need to inventory product in their
practice, according to Sauflon.
provide patients with a Sauflon starter kit and a preprinted Patient
Direct Membership card with their contact lens supplies. Patients
then purchase their retail size solution through the Patient Direct
Web site, toll-free order line or through a re-order card included
with their shipments. Sauflon says that all profits are returned to
the prescribing practice. Call (800) 682-3240 or visit
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Clean Lens Products Safely
Laboratories, LLC has introduced Purosol Optical, an enzyme-based
cleaning product that the company engineered to work on the
molecular level to break the bonds that dust, dirt and grime use to
grip lens surfaces.
Optical is specifically designed to protect high-end, multi-coated
lenses and other optical devices including eyewear, cameras,
microscopes, telescopes, binoculars and even CD and DVD surfaces.
The manufacturer states that unlike other off-the-shelf cleaners
that are made up primarily of alcohol, ammonia, harsh solvents and
colored dye, the Purosol line of products is organic and
environmentally safe. It's non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, contains no
CFCs, no detergents and no solvents of any kind that can gradually
strip away anti-glare coatings of eyeglass lenses.
Optical also neutralizes the molecular charges on the lens surface
that normally attract dust and dirt particles, thereby extending the
life of the cleaning, according to Origin Labs. Call (626) 568-1100
Figure. PUROSOL OPTICAL
SAFELY CLEANS LENS SURFACES.