We hope that you have seen our announcement earlier this week that we are moving the Global Myopia Symposium (GMS) to a virtual event to be held on Sept. 25 and 26, 2020. We are planning to offer eight hours of COPE-approved CE. The program committee includes myself as well as Drs. Kate Gifford, Lyndon Jones, Shalu Pal, and Jeff Walline, all of whom are among the world’s foremost experts on myopia control both in clinical care and in research. The preliminary program can be found here. You will no doubt be impressed by the depth and breadth of content covering all aspects of myopia control. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Jason J. Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD
EyeBridge Consulting, ImageMark Business Services to Provide COVID-19 Signage
EyeBridge Consulting Associates and ImageMark Business Services have partnered to provide COVID-19 signage, among other related resources, specifically designed for eyecare practices. ImageMark has created banners for sharing office protocols, floor stickers for social distancing, handwashing reminders for restrooms, face masks and shields, hand sanitizer, and other personal protective equipment (some of which can be branded), and they have a disinfectant that is U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved for killing the COVID-19 virus. A percentage of sales from the products will be donated to the American Optometric Association’s Optometry’s Fund for Disaster Relief. Interested eyecare businesses should visit www.safe-distance-products.com to see what’s available and to create an online account.
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Alcon Announces FDA Approval of the OTC Switch of Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength
Alcon announced that Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.7%), formerly prescribed as Pazeo, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale over-the-counter (OTC) in the United States. Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength is a once-daily eye allergy itch drop offering 24 hours of relief without a prescription.
This formulation joins Pataday Once Daily Relief (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.2%) and Pataday Twice Daily Relief (olopatadine hydrochloride ophthalmic solution 0.1%), which were approved for sale over-the-counter in February 2020.
Pataday Once Daily Relief Extra Strength will be available online beginning in September, ahead of national retail availability in February 2021.
Eye Scholar Introduces Refraction and Retinoscopy Tutorials
Todd Zarwell, OD, announced Eye Scholar (https://eyescholar.com), a new website for teaching eyecare professionals the clinical skills of refraction and retinoscopy. Eye Scholar contains interactive tutorials through which students can learn the process of refracting and retinoscopy while manipulating the controls on virtual refracting instruments and retinoscopes. In addition, explanations, illustrations, and animations are used to educate students on the underlying theory and optics behind these procedures. Eye Scholar also contains interactive simulators that allow students to practice refraction and retinoscopy on virtual patients. Patients are randomly generated and are programmed to respond and behave as a real patient would.
Searchable Contact Lens Database Launched in United States
The Centre for Ocular Research & Education (CORE) announced that the Contact Lens Compendium is now accessible in the United States. With the launch of the U.S. version (https://compendium.contactlensupdate.com/us), eyecare practitioners now have free access to an up-to-date listing of contact lens products, including the latest lens parameters, solutions, and rewetting drops currently available on the American market.
Maintained by CORE at the University of Waterloo, this resource is updated regularly online and offers several search options for product filtering and comparison, enabling practitioners to easily find suitable products for their patients. Manufacturers are also able to log in to update product information directly. The project is a resource of Contact Lens Update.
Sight Sciences Appoints Donald J. Zurbay to Its Board of Directors
Sight Sciences, Inc. announced that Donald J. Zurbay has been appointed as a member of the company’s board of directors. Mr. Zurbay joins with more than 28 years of experience primarily leading finance, accounting, and strategy for high-growth medical technology businesses. He currently serves as CFO of Patterson Companies, Inc., a leading dental and animal health products company. Previously, he was CFO of St. Jude Medical, Inc. until its sale to Abbott in 2017. In addition to Sight Sciences, he currently serves on the board of directors for Silk Road Medical.
Perfect Corp. and Johnson & Johnson Launch AR Virtual Contact Lens Try-On
Perfect Corp., a beauty tech solutions provider, partnered with Johnson & Johnson to introduce a contact lens augmented reality (AR) virtual try-on within its Acuvue Taobao and WeChat mini programs. Perfect Corp.’s advanced facial recognition technology accurately detects the position of the eyes and allows for true-to-life AR virtual contact lens try-on.
The contact lens virtual try-on solution also includes an AR makeup try-on feature. In addition to trying on different eye colors, users can virtually apply eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss, blush, and other makeup products for a full AR makeover experience in real-time.
CooperVision Announces Recipients of NOA Future Contact Lens Leader Scholarships
CooperVision and the National Optometric Association (NOA) have awarded three $1,000 scholarships to exceptional optometry students who have a high interest in contact lenses. Announced during the Virtual Scholarship Awards Ceremony on June 27, the 2020 recipients of the Future Contact Lens Leader Scholarships are Christina Huynh, Kentucky College of Optometry; Jessica Olson Livermont, Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry; and Richard Wan, The Ohio State University College of Optometry.
Scholarship recipients were selected based on their membership in the National Optometric Student Association, their academic standing at their respective optometry schools, and their demonstration of contact lens leadership based on their application essay and faculty recommendations. The NOA Future Contact Lens Leader Scholarships are awarded annually to up to three qualified optometry students who are entering their third or fourth year of optometry school and are also eligible to those entering a contact lens residency program.
Euclid Systems to Discuss Back to School Myopia Visits at Upcoming Webinar
Euclid Systems announced that Michael J. Lipson, OD, will present its next webinar, titled “Back to School 2020 – Ensuring Young Myopic Patients Get the Care and Information They Need.” The program will be held on July 28 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EDT.
This webinar will focus on the impact that new office procedures and policy changes might have on young myopic patients and their parents as they prepare to start the 2020-2021 school year and struggle to prioritize when to spend family money on health care. How do we discuss myopia with nervous parents and help them understand that controlling the children’s myopia is safe and not a therapy to be delayed? How can we help parents mitigate possible effects of e-learning on their children’s myopia?
SwissLens is set to take over the Lunelle product portfolio from CooperVision as of Nov. 1. The agreement will mean that Lunelle contact lenses and the ES 70 material will be available exclusively at SwissLens, and all trademark rights will be transferred to the manufacturer. The agreement follows CooperVision’s decision to stop its production of the Lunelle product family. SwissLens has been producing Lunelle Toric RXi contact lenses for 20 years. Under this agreement, it will also manufacture and distribute, internationally, Lunelle Spheric (ES 70 UV), Lunelle Toric, Lunelle Multifocal (Variations 70+ UV), Lunelle Colors, and Lunelle Sun.
GMS 2020 Goes Virtual
The 2020 Global Myopia Symposium (GMS) will be held virtually on Sept. 25 and 26. General sessions will cover principles of myopia, myopia treatment options, and building your myopia practice. The general sessions will be moderated by GMS program committee members Jason Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD; Kate Gifford, PhD, BAppSc(Optom) Hons; Lyndon Jones, PhD, DSc, FCOptom; Shalu Pal, OD; and Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD. Participants will also be able to choose two of the six CE breakout sessions being offered.
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Kyriakos Telamitsi, Kyranto Optical Centre Ltd., Limassol, Cyprus
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SPECIALTY LENS SPACE
Karen DeLoss, OD
Another “New Normal”?
Telemedicine has moved to the fast lane during the pandemic, and it is safe to say that it is here to stay. While many practitioners have been slow to adopt this platform, it can provide a great opportunity for patient care. However, it does have its practical limitations, particularly for specialty lens care providers.
It can be daunting to know where to start. When faced with the need to convert to a telemedicine platform, one vital question is whether patients’ symptoms persist with and without their lenses. This can offer some direction with respect to history, but it is certainly not the only information needed. Pain, redness, photophobia, and foreign body sensation are likely the foundation of anyone’s case history. It is imperative to ask about hygiene and lens solutions to elucidate whether any of these things have led to early adaptation of improper techniques. If hydrogen peroxide solutions were recommended, how often does a patient replace his or her case? Also ask about proper use of “red-topped” solutions, as these can lead to clinical complications. Finally, is the lens itself an issue? For example, a crack in the lens or a small chip on its edge can lead to irritation or pain.
While I certainly do not think that telemedicine will replace the very impactful office visit, it’s certainly a practical solution for some visits. Additionally, we are tasked with finding practical ways to integrate it into our daily practice of specialty lenses. While it may pose a steep learning curve for many at first, it may prove to be a very rewarding mode of care to our patients in the future. Time will tell!
MATERIALS & DESIGNS
David L. Kading, OD
The Air up Here
Desiccating stress is not a new term, but it is a highly underused one. It describes things that cause stress upon the ocular surface. The environmental things that bring about desiccation are abundant: air conditioning, heating units, ceiling fans, being dehydrated, dry environments, and more.
One place where desiccating stress reveals itself in abundance is on an airplane. We have all experienced the dryness that we encounter while flying. Contact lens patients experience this in a profound way. During lens wear, our patients are already at a disadvantage because their tears are not the same while they wear their lenses. Add to that the dehydration, recycled air, and dry environment that usually goes with air travel, and it can be a recipe for disaster.
Here are five tips to help your contact lens-wearing patients have more comfortable eyes on an airplane:
1) Wear your glasses. The less time wearing contact lenses on the plane will make their lens-wearing experience on the ground far better. 2) Hydrate. Either bring a water bottle and fill it up past security or buy water. And, when the flight attendants come by offering water, always say yes. 3) Select an aisle seat. This is important for obvious reasons related to #2. 4) Wear layers and turn the air flow off above your seat. While the air can give a nice cool breeze during the flight, it is nasty for your eyes. 5) Hydrate your eyes before, during, and after your flight. No explanation necessary.
Anything that we can do to reduce desiccating stress for our patients while they are traveling will work to make their trip more enjoyable and more comfortable on their eyes.
Effects of Accommodation and Simulated Convergence on Anterior Scleral Shape
The sclera plays an important role in the biomechanical stability of the eye. The purpose of this study was to examine whether changes in the shape of the anterior sclera occur in response to accommodation and convergence.
Thirty-six healthy young adult participants aged between 18 and 30 years including 18 myopes (–0.50D to –4.00D) and 18 emmetropes (+0.50D to –0.25D) were recruited. Eye surface profilometry was used to evaluate the anterior eye surface shape before and during visual tasks involving accommodation (5.00D demand), simulated convergence (9° demand) and their combination. The changes in the sagittal height and axial radius of curvature of the nasal (n = 25) and temporal (n = 31) corneal periphery and anterior sclera were analyzed in those participants who had complete and reliable data on these sides.
Significant changes were confined to the nasal anterior scleral surface. A significant forward movement of the surface accompanied accommodation (mean change: 5µm ± 2µm), convergence (19µm ± 6µm), and their combination (16µm ± 6µm). There was flattening with convergence (0.092mm ± 0.044mm) and with the combination of accommodation and convergence (0.201mm ± 0.071mm). The changes in response to accommodation and convergence increased peripherally. Changes were not significantly different between low-to-moderate myopes and emmetropes.
The authors determined that accommodation and simulated convergence affect the nasal anterior scleral shape, with the greatest changes associated with convergence and being most evident in the more peripheral nasal scleral regions.
Niyazmand H, Read SA, Atchison DA, Collins MJ. Effects of Accommodation and Simulated Convergence on Anterior Scleral Shape. Ophthalmic Physiol Opt. 2020 Jun 3. [Online ahead of print]