This coming week from January 21-24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Contact Lens Spectrum will host its 10th annual Global Specialty Lens Symposium at Caesars Palace (http://www.pentavisionevents.com/event.aspx?eid=4). There are already over 600 attendees registered from 32 countries! The meeting is packed with hours of cutting edge contact lens clinical and scientific information that will surely benefit your practice. There are 20 hours of COPE approved CE available (including preconference sessions) and 100 scientific posters that are being presented. It is an event you do not want to miss!
Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD
B+L Expands Specialty Lens Business with the Addition of Alden
Bausch + Lomb (B+L) has expanded its specialty lens business with the addition of Alden Optical Laboratories, Inc. (Alden), a privately-held company that manufactures premium specialty and custom soft and GP contact lenses. The acquisition of Alden was made through an affiliate of B+L.
The expanded business, known as Bausch + Lomb Specialty Vision Products (formerly known as Advanced Vision Products, no affiliation with Advanced Vision Technologies, based in Lakewood, CO), is dedicated to delivering innovative products, education, and training for ECPs in the specialty and custom contact lens space.
David Bland, director of custom lens business, has worked extensively on B+L’s Boston side of the business since 1988 and will lead the Specialty Vision Products business under Mark McKenna, senior vice president and general manager, Contact Lenses, Bausch + Lomb.
Charley Creighton, Alden’s chief executive officer, and Tom Shone, Alden’s president, will remain with Alden serving as senior consultants to McKenna and play an integral role in developing the finished lens portion of the business.
As part of the Specialty Vision Products business, Bausch + Lomb will provide substantial investment to expand the training and education programs offered to ECPs and students, and other key programs and initiatives. To support the ECP’s custom lens and lens care needs, a highly skilled team of sales, fitting consultants, and specialty lens trainers will be available to provide the latest information on products, training events, and fitting tools and resources available via workshops, webinars, and online tools.
Last Chance to Register – Don’t Miss the 2016 GSLS!
The 10th Global Specialty Lens Symposium will be held January 21 – 24, 2016 at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada. The GSLS is a must-attend meeting, brought to you by Contact Lens Spectrum, focusing on the successful management of ocular conditions using today's specialty contact lenses. This meeting will include insightful presentations by international experts in the field, hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge products and valuable continuing education credits.
The 2015 event was attended by almost 600 registrants from 36 countries, 42 states, Puerto Rico and Guam. It continues to be the largest conference of its kind in the U.S.
There is still time to register online at www.GSLSymposium.com. Join your peers in 2016 for the GSLS 10th anniversary in Las Vegas!
IDOC Acquires PRIMA Eye Group
Independent Doctors of Optometric Care (IDOC, LLC), a leading practice development organization dedicated exclusively to making independent optometric practices more successful, has acquired PRIMA Eye Group (PRIMA, LLC), a top consulting firm and alliance devoted to helping independent optometrists through every stage of their optometric business. With the acquisition, IDOC remains the largest privately-held alliance of independent ODs in the U.S., with approximately 3,100 member optometrists.
The two companies will continue to operate as IDOC and PRIMA Eye Group during a phased integration period in 2016, with each maintaining their respective corporate headquarters; PRIMA in Atlanta, GA and IDOC in Norwalk, CT. Optometrist members of each group will be receiving information during the transition phase about how to avail themselves of the numerous offerings of each alliance.
Dave Brown will serve as president and CEO, and the senior management team will include Oliver Spandow, current CFO, IDOC, and Neil Gailmard, OD, co-founder and president and COO of PRIMA, both reporting to him. Dr. Gailmard will serve as Chief Optometric Officer of IDOC and will continue as president of PRIMA Eye Group.
Jerry Hayes, OD, co-founder and CEO of PRIMA will retire from the company effective June 30, 2016. In conjunction with the acquisition, IDOC founder and Chairman Mark Feder, OD, will step down from his current role and will continue to remain involved with the company as an advisor to the senior management team.
Both Drs. Feder and Gailmard will retain ownership stakes in the new company.
OPRI Introduces OPerm MDK
Optical Polymer Research Inc. (OPRI) announces the introduction of OPerm MDK, which is produced with a new proprietary Stress Free Technology casting process consistent and compatible to the material’s unique fluorine component. The product, with a Dk value of 62, is being launched throughout the U.S. and internationally this week at the 2016 Global Specialty Lens Symposium.
OPRI is also moving ahead with the approval process in the U.S. for OPerm HDK, a hyper Dk material (Dk 153) manufactured with the Stress Free Technology casting process for both standard and scleral lens designs, with anticipated introduction later in the year. OPerm HDK is currently available for international customers outside the U.S. in standard and large diameter sizes.
AccuLens Announces Digital Education-Based Marketing Campaigns
AccuLens is offering the opportunity to participate in a new digital education and marketing system designed to increase revenue in eyecare practices. This program will provide marketing services from Eye IQ in one easy to administer and hassle-free package.
AccuLens campaigns use video as the primary source designed to deliver education-based marketing to current and new patients in a specific geographical area. AccuLens’ new service will utilize multiple digital media channels including web, social media, mobile, appointment reminders and digital signage including automated branding for each individual practice.
When we were in college, we had one underlying motive and objective, to graduate. Although we had other things that garnered our focus (friends, girls, boys, video games, or sports), our whole objective of attending college was to graduate with a degree.
For some people in practice, they do not have that singular focus for how they practice. Certainly, we all want to generate money so we can support our family, but beyond that, what is it that defines your practice? For us, we want to enrich people’s lives so that they can succeed to their greatest potential. The way we know that we have done this effectively is if we remain personalized and innovative.
What is it that defines how you practice? For some, it is to be the most cost effective. They want to compete on price with everyone else. Others want to provide the best care possible, while others want to be state of the art with their technology. Regardless of what it is, look to your contact lens selections to be a portion of your practice that helps drive you in this direction.
For our office, we want to be innovative and personalized. That means that we look for a personalized multifocal or toric or scleral lens to meet the patient’s needs. We do this by looking for the most innovative solution. Because of this innovative promise that defines us, we are not driven by our patients’ desires for the lowest cost lens or the oldest technology. Rather we look for the contact lens products that allow us to be personalized and innovative.
What are the words that describe you and your practice? Are you using the contact lens options that help you achieve this? If you are driven to be technologically advanced, but are using a monthly disposable lens that is 20 years old, you have a disconnect. So I ask, what are those words that define you, who are the companies that match that definition, and what are the products that help make you the you that you want to be?
CARE SOLUTION CORNER Andrew D. Pucker, OD, MS, FAAO
Factors Associated with Noncompliance
It is easy to be frustrated with our patients for not following our instructions; however, have you ever really thought about the factors that are associated with patient noncompliance? A closer look at these factors may make you more sympathetic and curious about how we can get our patents to comply.
Compliance is a complex phenomenon that is governed by a number of elements. Compliance is reduced with increased treatment frequency, durations, and cost.1,2 Cost is especially concerning because it has been cited as the number one reason why patients do not use their prescribed lens care products.3 Other important factors related to compliance include a patient’s understanding of the treatment plan and the doctor-patient relationship (e.g., friendliness, fulfillment of expectations).1,4 Factors not consistently associated with compliance include age, intelligence, social status, and personality.2,5
With all of these facts in mind, I urge you ask questions related to these topics during your patient histories because they could lead to better patient care. Also, modern life is hectic, so make your treatment plans as simple as possible. After all, you could prescribe the latest and greatest treatment, but if the treatment is too costly or too complicated for your patient, it will ultimately have little overall value.
1. Collins MJ, Carney LG. Patient compliance and its influence on contact lens wearing problems. Am J Optom Physiol Opt. 1986;63:952-956.
2. Davidson SI, Akingbehin T. Compliance in ophthalmology. Trans Ophthalmol Soc U K. 1980;100:286-290.
3. Bui TH, Cavanagh HD, Robertson DM. Patient compliance during contact lens wear: perceptions, awareness, and behavior. Eye Contact Lens. 2010;36:334-339.
4. Newman-Casey PA, Blachley T, Lee PP, Heisler M, Farris KB, Stein JD. Patterns of Glaucoma Medication Adherence over Four Years of Follow-Up. Ophthalmology. 2015;122:2010-2021.
5. Ley P. Memory for medical information. Br J Soc Clin Psychol. 1979;18:245-255.
Characterization of Upper Eyelid Tarsus and Lid Wiper Dimensions
The researchers’ objective was to measure various dimensions of the upper tarsal plate and the area of upper lid wiper staining. The repeatability of the method of measurement was investigated.
Thirty-five healthy non-contact lens wearers were enrolled. The following parameters were measured from digital images of the upper eyelid captured with a slit lamp camera: length, height, and total area of the tarsal plate and area of lid wiper staining (lissamine green). Measurements were performed in a randomized and masked fashion on two separate occasions by the same investigator using ImageJ (National Institutes of Health). Coefficients of repeatability (COR) were calculated.
The dimensions (mean±SD) of the tarsal plate were 20.6±1.9 mm length, 7.9±0.8 mm height, and 103.3±18.8 mm total area. The area of lid wiper staining was 2.7±2.0 mm. No association was found between tarsal dimensions and lid wiper staining (all P>0.05). Image analysis COR values were 0.6 mm tarsal length, 0.1 mm tarsal height, 1.2 mm tarsal area, and 0.4 mm lid wiper staining. There was no significant difference between repeated measurements for any parameter (all P>0.05). Limits of agreement were narrow for all parameters, indicating good agreement between repeated measurements.
The authors concluded that this work demonstrated that there is a wide range in the dimensions of the upper tarsal plate in an urban UK population. No association was found between the upper tarsal dimensions and lid wiper staining. ImageJ was shown to be a repeatable method to measure the dimensions of the upper tarsal plate and upper lid wiper staining.
Navascues-Cornago M, Maldonado-Codina C, Gupta R, Morgan PB. Characterization of Upper Eyelid Tarsus and Lid Wiper Dimensions. Eye Contact Lens. 2015 Dec 24. [Epub ahead of print]