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Global Eye Care Leader Alcon Joins ‘Think About Your Eyes’ Initiative  to Further Educate Consumers on Importance of Eye Health

Global Eye Care Leader Alcon Joins ‘Think About Your Eyes’ Initiative to Further Educate Consumers on Importance of Eye Health

Alcon, a global leader in eye care, is the latest industry partner to join Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign aimed at educating consumers on the benefits of vision health. This addition continues the impressive growth and momentum of the industry initiative presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, which speaks directly to consumers and promotes the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. “Alcon is passionate about developing advanced products to help people see better and enjoy a higher quality of life, so partnering with the ‘Think About Your Eyes’ campaign was a natural step in our continued efforts to encourage proper eye care,” said Eric Bruno, vice president and general manager for U.S. Vision Care at Alcon. “We’re proud to take part in such a vital health initiative and look forward to educating consumers on the necessity of a yearly eye exam, which is crucial to attaining the clear, healthy vision every person deserves.” Since the national launch of the Think About Your Eyes campaign, eye exams have increased 4.5 percent, leading to an additional 5.2 million annual eye exams and the diagnosis...
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Alcon Becomes Leadership Partner Supporting  Think About Your Eyes National Public Awareness Campaign

Alcon Becomes Leadership Partner Supporting Think About Your Eyes National Public Awareness Campaign

Alcon, the global leader in eye care, announced its support for the Think About Your Eyes public awareness campaign. This national campaign, presented by the Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, is designed to educate the public on the benefits of vision health and promote the importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. As a Leadership Partner, Alcon will work closely with Think About Your Eyes to provide insights and educational information to the public about a number of eye care topics. “This campaign is about doing the right thing for patients. It’s not about specific companies or products, it’s about how our industry can partner with eye care professionals to transform eye care,” said Eric Bruno, Vice President and General Manager for US Vision Care at Alcon. “We know many eye health and systemic issues can be identified through regular, comprehensive eye exams, so it’s critical that we make annual eye exams part of every person’s healthcare routine.” Since the national launch of the Think About Your Eyes campaign, eye exams have increased 4.5 percent, leading to an additional 5.2 million annual eye exams and the diagnosis of more...
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GP Specialists Expands iSight Scleral Contact Lens Portfolio

GP Specialists Expands iSight Scleral Contact Lens Portfolio

Custom soft and gas permeable contact lens manufacturer GP Specialists, Inc., (www.gpspecialists.com) has recently expanded its iSight™ Scleral contact lenses to include a toric option for astigmatic patients. We also now have the iSight scleral available in four material options. “Finding the best contact lens option for irregular cornea patients can be challenging, and we wanted to help make this process easier for eye care professionals by providing a go-to option for hard-to-fit patients,” says Mark Cosgrove, director of operations for GP Specialists. The iSight™ Scleral toric contact lenses for astigmatism is available in a diameter range of 14.2 mm to 24 mm, with a standard diameter of 16.4 mm. The lenses include cylinder powers of -0.25 D to -10.00 D in 0.25 D steps, with axis ranging from 1° to 180° in 1° steps. The lens can fit base curves of 5.50 to 9.50, and is available in a power range of -20.00 to +20.00 in .25 step increments. Additionally, the entire iSight™ Scleral contact lens family is now available in four material options. The first is the HDS 100 from Paragon – the standard iSight lens material that offers high oxygen permeability and increased...
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GP Specialists Becomes Authorized Menicon Z Manufacturing Lab

GP Specialists Becomes Authorized Menicon Z Manufacturing Lab

GP Specialists, a world leader in orthokeratology and keratoconus lenses, announces that they have received authorization to be a Menicon Z gas permeable manufacturing lab. Menicon Z is a hyper-oxygen permeable GP lens that offers comfort, wettability, long term eye health and clear crisp vision. Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations for GP Specialists stated, “We look forward to offering the Menicon Z material on our list of leading GP manufacturing materials which include Paragon and Boston materials. GP Specialists manufacturers a number of advanced orthokeratology designs in addition to distributing Paragon CRT lenses to our accounts.” The Menicon Z material offers the highest level of oxygen permeability in the industry available today. Although it is most often worn on a Daily Wear (DW) basis, Menicon Z is approved for extended wear up to 7 days and up to 30 days continuous wear. Steve Wagner, President of GP Specialists states, “Menicon Z has a strong reputation in the United States and abroad, we look forward to supporting the independent eye care professional with this quality GP lens material.” GP Specialists currently manufactures a wide range of custom contact lenses...
X-Cel Adds a Custom Soft Lens Design for Irregular Corneas

X-Cel Adds a Custom Soft Lens Design for Irregular Corneas

X-Cel Contacts is excited to announce the addition of the Flexlens ARC (Atypical Refractive Correction) custom soft lens to their noteworthy toolbox of irregular cornea designs. This lens will be manufactured at X-Cel’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Duluth, Georgia, allowing for quick turnaround time, superior quality and consistent reproducibility. The Flexlens ARC is a custom soft lens design that fits like a regular toric contact lens. With no need to worry about peripheral curves or any other parameter that may complicate the fit, the Flexlens ARC is easy to fit, thus reducing chair time. This lens utilizes a standard back surface fitting curve, precise axis, cylinder, and an enhanced center thickness to stabilize the correction over an aberrated cornea. The Flexlens ARC is indicated for the correction of various ocular conditions including; keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, corneal transplants, post refractive surgery and/or any irregular cornea conditions. For additional information, contact an X-Cel Consultant at 1-800-241-9312 or xcelinfo@walman.com. X-Cel Contacts, a Walman Company, is a specialty contact lens manufacturer located in Duluth, Georgia,...
Filed in: Soft Contacts
GP Specialists Opens Doors To WU Optometry Students

GP Specialists Opens Doors To WU Optometry Students

GP Specialists hosted an open house event for second and third year optometry students from Western University to provide an overview of the manufacturing and fitting of specialty contact lenses. Western University is offering elective courses on orthokeratology research projects. During the event, nearly 100 students went on a guided tour of GP Specialists’ custom gas permeable and custom soft lens lab in San Diego, California which highlighted advanced manufacturing processes used to produce custom contact lenses such as: iSee™ and GOV orthokeratology lenses, iSight™ Scleral lenses, and iSight™ custom soft lenses. In addition, Mark Cosgrove, Director of Operations, gave students instruction on fitting orthokeratology lenses while Dr. Harvey Yamamoto facilitated and open forum discussion sharing his 50 plus years of experience as an optometrist. “Opening up our lab to the students studying orthokeratology as part of their curriculum at Western University was a great opportunity for us to provide real world scenarios on working with specialty contact lenses and to share some of the tricks of the trade that these future optometrists will be able to use in their practices,”...
GP Speicalists Introduces iSight Custom Soft Contacts

GP Speicalists Introduces iSight Custom Soft Contacts

GP Specialists, the custom soft and gas permeable contact lens lab, today announced the re-branding of their entire custom made to order (MTO) soft contact lens product line to iSight™. Two years ago, GP Specialists, Inc. acquired American BioCurve, Inc. along with all assets and product lines including BioCurve MTO toric and sphere soft contact lenses. “For years BioCurve MTO soft contact lenses defined custom soft lens manufacturing, offering over one million parameter combinations and the industries longest warranty,” said Matthew Pogue, Director of Sales for GP Specialists. “Since the acquisition, we have been enhancing our manufacturing processes and have recently launched several new products, including our new silicone hydrogel iSight™ SiHy custom contact lens, so it made sense to re-introduce our enhanced contact lens designs and new products under a single unified brand name – iSight™ custom contact lenses.” Capitalizing on over 20 years of soft contact lens manufacturing experience, the new iSight™ brand of soft contact lenses will offer one of the largest portfolios of made to order products in the industry. The iSight family includes: • iSight DW Sphere...
Optometrist Perspective By Harvey Yamamoto, OD

Optometrist Perspective By Harvey Yamamoto, OD

Ahhhh, the fresh smell of spring is now upon us.  Spring is one of my favorite times of the year.  I extend a very happy spring season for my readers. SOFT CONTACT LENSES:  GP Specialists launched a new lens which is called YamaKone™ IC at the Global Specialty Meeting in Las Vegas during the last week of January.  The YamaKone™ lens is a family of specialty lenses with the keratoconic patients in mind.  My long time readers will know that fitting specialty contact lenses is one of my passions in life.  I find them stimulating and challenging.  Yes, they do take some chair time but the end results often bring about very happy patients who become very loyal and great for referrals. Every GP lab around the country has focused their attention to the development of their own brand of scleral lenses.  Some say that the growth of GP lenses can be directly linked to the rebirth of scleral lenses. By now, I’m sure that I’ve whetted the appetite of most of my readers about soft cone lenses.  What? Why? For what reason?   I have a very large Keratoconus practice which grew over a period of 49 years.  I have run into patients that eventually became so advanced that they no longer...
Filed in: Contact Lens, Editorial
ABB CONCISE and ODG Announce Merger

ABB CONCISE and ODG Announce Merger

ABB CONCISE and Optical Distributor Group (ODG) are excited to announce a merger effective December 28, 2012. By consolidating the efforts and strengths of these two companies, ABB CONCISE and ODG will be able to deliver more services and programs to help the Eye Care Professional better compete in this competitive marketplace. Angel Alvarez, CEO of ABB CONCISE states “We are very excited about the opportunities that this merger will create to help us achieve our common vision of helping Eye Care Professionals compete. This merger is an investment in the future for our customers because it combines the strengths of our two companies as we continue to focus on our core strategy of bringing new products, services and practice building tools to our combined customer base. Our leadership teams are enthusiastic about building a platform that our customers can trust and will be an overall win for them and our industry.” Jeff Rems, President and COO of ODG elaborates, “ODG has always prided itself on providing the highest level of service in the industry by offering innovative programs to help the Eyecare Professional successfully compete, retain patients and improve profitability. This...
Filed in: Contact Lens
Reshaping The Way The World Sees

Reshaping The Way The World Sees

GP Specialists, an industry leader in orthokeratology, has developed an advanced ortho-k lens design that has been shown to correct patients with high myopic powers.  The new iSee™ Ortho-k lens is based on its FDA approved FARGO™ ortho-k contact lens. The iSee™ corneal reshaping design incorporates a more aggressive treatment zone that allows practitioners to treat patients with higher degrees of myopia, thus increasing the number of likely candidates for ortho-k treatment. Mark Cosgrove, director of operations at GP Specialists states, “I’m very excited to take what I have learned over the years and incorporate it into an advanced ortho-k lens design.  We are seeing some amazing results.  I believe this design is unique in the industry, can provide faster results and also promote healthy long term wear for the patient.” Dr. Alice Cusner, from Village Vision Care in Cranton, Massachusetts, agrees with the amazing results and had this to say about her experience with iSee ortho-k lenses. “In only two weeks, I was able to correct a high myopic 9-year-old girl’s vision using iSee lenses. My patient and her parents are ecstatic!” Mark stated, “We rebranded the FARGO™...
Art Optical Answers Demand With Clasikcn

Art Optical Answers Demand With Clasikcn

Art Optical is pleased to introduce CLASIKcn, a new custom GP multifocal lens designed for the growing number of post-LASIK patients struggling with near-vision demands. The lens features front surface, center-near technology specifically designed to provide a full range of simultaneous vision for post-LASIK corneas. CLASIKcn is a great option for those finding their surgically induced modified mono effect becoming inefficient as they advance in presbyopia, or for any post-refractive surgery patient encountering presbyopic progression. The mechanics of the CLASIKcn dual reverse geometry posterior curve system create alignment with both the post treatment area and the non-treated cornea outside of the ablation zone for a comfortable, stable fit; while the innovative and strategically placed optic system restores maximum distance, intermediate and near visual function. CLASIKcn is featured in reliable HDS materials with proven performance from Paragon Vision Sciences, and is backed by Art Optical’s Risk-Free Signature lens guarantee. Practitioners interested in fitting CLASIKcn may choose to fit and design CLASIKcn lenses from Corneal Topography + Refractive Data, or Pre/Post-Surgical...
Filed in: Hard Contacts
Bausch + Lomb Names Sheila A. Hopkins Global President Vision Care

Bausch + Lomb Names Sheila A. Hopkins Global President Vision Care

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, has named Sheila Hopkins Global President of the company’s Vision Care business, and two of the company’s senior executives – Peter Valenti III and Steven Robins – have assumed new roles within the organization.  Hopkins will oversee the company’s contact lens and lens care product offerings, which include such well-known brand names as Biotrue™, PureVision® and renu®.  Valenti will lead North American Vision Care as President and Robins has been named Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Global Vision Care. “Sheila Hopkins is a world-class marketer and leader with extensive experience launching and building global brands among consumers and professionals,” said Brent L. Saunders, chief executive officer, Bausch + Lomb.  “We’re in the midst of an exciting transformation at Bausch + Lomb; Sheila will help us both maximize the potential of our existing products, and successfully launch breakthrough innovations from the most promising new product pipeline we have had in decades.” Hopkins has built global brands such as Colgate and Oil of Olay through hands-on leadership roles in both retail-...
Art Optical Introduces New Online Ordering Options

Art Optical Introduces New Online Ordering Options

Art Optical Contact Lens, Inc. is pleased to introduce an online ordering option for practitioners and contact lens technicians involved in specialty contact lens fitting. The new online order page is accessible at https://www.artoptical.com/ordering/online-order-form/ and offers a comprehensive listing of the custom lens options available from Art Optical. The custom lens ordering portal guides users through material and color choices by lens design, provides a secure site to protect the privacy of patient information, offers a print option so copies of orders are instantly available for patient records, and simplifies/expedites the transfer of file attachments like topography maps, fluorescein images, stock lens orders, etc. To aid in patient scheduling, all online orders are processed by Art Optical on the same day, or on the next business day for orders placed over the weekend. When your online lens order goes into process, you are automatically notified via e-mail and provided an order number for easy future reference. According to Art Optical, as more practices implement EMR initiatives and adopt paperless office procedures, the demand for an online ordering option has steadily...
Wettability Study Provides Insights Into Common Complaint

Wettability Study Provides Insights Into Common Complaint

Rochester, NY – Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution, made by Bausch + Lomb, keeps lenses moist for up to 20 hours, according to data presented at the 35th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference and Exhibition.1 The new wettability study provides insight into a solution for the common complaint of dryness among contact lens users. Wettability or the degree to which a contact lens maintains moisture on the surface of the lens is partially dependent upon the retention of wetting agents, or surfactants, within the multi-purpose solution. The in vitro study examined the wetting agent retention of Biotrue versus four leading multi-purpose solutions, as well as a saline control in three types of silicone hydrogel lenses.1 Results showed that Biotrue provided a significant wettability benefit, with 20 hours of continuous wetting agent release in silicone hydrogel lenses. In the other multi-purpose solutions tested, wetting agents were undetectable at eight hours or less. Dryness symptoms have been found to be a prevalent issue among contact lens wearers. In fact, results from the Needs, Symptoms, Incidence, Global Eye Health Trends (NSIGHT) study, a global...
Filed in: Soft Contacts
Bausch + Lomb’s “The Daily Score” Makes Daily Disposables More…

Bausch + Lomb’s “The Daily Score” Makes Daily Disposables More…

ROCHESTER, N.Y. –Today at the American Optometric Association (AOA) annual meeting, Bausch + Lomb announced plans to help make daily disposable contact lenses more accessible to kids across the U.S., just in time for the start of the new school year. “The Daily Score” will give eye care professionals the opportunity to offer patients instant savings on Bausch + Lomb SofLens® daily disposable lenses enabling them to get the product at a cost of less than $1 per day. There is evidence that suggests that school-age children don’t perform at their best when they can’t see well; additionally kids who wear glasses for vision correction actually choose not to wear them. A study from Eye & Contact Lens showed that the majority of children who previously wore glasses noticed improved performance in activities after switching to contact lenses.1 Although many children are interested in contact lenses, some parents worry about whether their child is ready for the added responsibility associated with cleaning, disinfecting and properly storing extended wear contact lenses. Daily disposable contact lenses, such as SofLens daily disposables, allow for fresh lenses everyday...
Filed in: Soft Contacts
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