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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,...
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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...
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...
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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...
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Patients Report Biotrue Makes Contact Lenses…

Patients Report Biotrue Makes Contact Lenses…

Salt Lake City, UT – Today at the annual meeting of the American Optometric Association (AOA), Bausch + Lomb celebrated the 1-year anniversary of the launch of Biotrue™ multi-purpose solution, with the release of U.S. preference data. These data showed that Biotrue is preferred among patients and eye care professionals (ECPs) when compared to the leading multi-purpose solution.1 In fact, both patients and ECPs have expressed overwhelming satisfaction with Biotrue. Ninety-seven percent of patients who have tried Biotrue1 and 99 percent of ECPs who have recommended it2 were satisfied with the solution. Those individuals reporting satisfaction with Biotrue reported being either somewhat, very, or extremely satisfied with the solution. “We studied what the eye does naturally to clean, hydrate and keep itself healthy, in order to provide contact lens wearers with a unique new solution to make wearing contact lenses easier on the eyes,” said Mohinder Merchea, OD, PhD, MBA, FAAO, FBCLA, Director, Medical Affairs – Vision Care, North America, Bausch + Lomb. “It is rewarding to see those years of research come to fruition through the positive real-life experiences...
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Bausch + Lomb Innovations Take Center Stage at AOA

Bausch + Lomb Innovations Take Center Stage at AOA

SALT LAKE CITY, UT — Bausch + Lomb, the company that brought the first soft contact lens to market 40 years ago this month, will showcase product innovations and scientific research focused on improving patient care, outcomes and quality of life this week at the American Optometric Association’s (AOA) annual meeting in Salt Lake City. “Bausch + Lomb’s commercialization of the soft contact lens was a major breakthrough for consumers. By making contact lens wear so much more comfortable, Bausch + Lomb’s soft contact lenses made glasses-free vision available to so many more patients.” said Dr. Calvin Roberts, Chief Medical Officer, Bausch + Lomb. “We continue to pursue similar innovations within vision care, surgical and pharmaceutical platforms staying true to our unwavering goal of helping millions of patients around the world see better to live better.” The company will be showcasing the following eye health innovations in Salt Lake City this week: Biotrue™, a bio-inspired contact lens solution that works like the eyes to help lenses stay clean and moist throughout the day. A recent study indicated Biotrue could keep lenses moist for 20 hours.  Biotrue...
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ABB CONCISE Learns How to Apply Some “Disney Magic”

ABB CONCISE Learns How to Apply Some “Disney Magic”

CORAL SPRINGS, FL – May 26, 2011 – The ABB CONCISE management and sales teams recently returned from a three-and-a-half day program facilitated by the Disney Institute concentrating on quality service and brand loyalty. The theme of the National Conference was “Spot the Magic,” with a focus on applying successful business practices to create extraordinary value and exceed customer service expectations. The Disney Institute was created to showcase Disney’s best practices that easily adapt to other organizations. As one of the most recognized names in professional development, the Disney Institute teaches their brand of business excellence at locations across the U.S. and, to date, in more than 45 countries around the world. Vice President of Sales Tim Aiken said that the sales team benefited most from “learning the importance of understanding the needs, perceptions and expectations of our customers to recognize how we can deliver appropriate benefits and deliver the most value. Disney builds trust and relationships with their guests by consistently exceeding service expectations, and ABB CONCISE can apply many of those same principles...
NSIGHT Study Highlights Prevalence of Eye-Related Symptoms

NSIGHT Study Highlights Prevalence of Eye-Related Symptoms

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – According to a global study of vision-corrected subjects surveyed to better understand eye-related symptoms, halos and glare are common and bothersome symptoms. Halos are the appearance of rings around sources of light while glare is the difficulty seeing in the presence of bright light. The majority of patients who experienced these symptoms reported they were most likely to experience halos or glare in the evening or late at night. The symptoms were commonly associated with bright lights, headlights, being in the dark and nighttime driving. The Needs, Symptoms, Incidence, Global Eye Health Trends (NSIGHT) study surveyed 3,800 spectacle- and contact lens-corrected subjects, 15 to 65 years of age, from seven different countries (China, Korea, Japan, France, Italy, United Kingdom, United States) to better understand the eye-related symptoms that vision-corrected patients experience. The NSIGHT data provided valuable details on how often patients experienced halos and glare and the degree to which they found them bothersome. NSIGHT Study Highlights: About half of the spectacle and contact lens wearers surveyed reported suffering from the symptoms of...
Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs Bring Sight-Saving Prevention and Treatment To China

Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs Bring Sight-Saving Prevention and Treatment To China

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — On May 12, 2011, representatives from Bausch + Lomb and Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF) awarded the Tianjin Eye Hospital a $150,000 grant to finance a specialized pediatric cataract training initiative. The grant is made possible through the Pediatric Cataract Initiative (PCI), which identifies, funds and promotes innovative methods for overcoming visual impairments caused by pediatric cataracts. “Today there may be as many as 40,000 children in China suffering from pediatric cataract, a condition that is treatable, and in some cases, preventable,” said Joe Barr, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O, vice president, Global Clinical and Medical Affairs and Professional Services, Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb.  “This grant continues Bausch + Lomb’s commitment to China; helping people to see better — to live better. We hope that this grant will enable Tianjin Eye Hospital to provide much-needed training and treatment in the region, so that together we can improve patient health, outcomes and quality of life.” Eberhard J. Wirfs, chairperson of LCIF adds, “This partnership allows us to further our efforts at improving eye care in an...
Bausch + Lomb and Technolas Perfect Vision Announce First Femtosecond Laser

Bausch + Lomb and Technolas Perfect Vision Announce First Femtosecond Laser

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, and Technolas Perfect Vision GmbH (TPV) today announced an agreement in principle to globally distribute the first femtosecond laser capable of performing both cataract and refractive procedures on one platform. TPV is a leading ophthalmology laser company and was established in 2009 through a joint venture between Bausch + Lomb and 20/10 Perfect Vision AG to develop advanced refractive and cataract technologies. TPV has a full range of expertise in both femtosecond and excimer laser businesses with current innovations focused on laser cataract surgery and the correction of presbyopia. Under the arrangement, TPV will develop and manufacture its innovative femtosecond cataract and refractive laser system from its state-of-the-art facilities in Munich, Germany, and service the product through its current worldwide service organization. Bausch + Lomb Surgical will leverage its cataract expertise and commercial capabilities to globally distribute TPV’s femtosecond laser. Financial terms were not disclosed. TPV will continue to commercialize the refractive portfolio. Femtosecond laser technology provides...
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Bausch + Lomb Appoints David Mordaunt, Ph.D. as VP,  R&D, Surgical

Bausch + Lomb Appoints David Mordaunt, Ph.D. as VP, R&D, Surgical

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, announces the appointment of David Mordaunt, Ph.D. as vice president, Development and Research, Bausch + Lomb Surgical. In this position, Dr. Mordaunt will be a member of the Surgical senior leadership team and will be responsible for global strategies and execution of development and research programs for the full portfolio of products. This includes equipment used for cataract and vitroretinal procedures, intraocular lenses including Crystalens®, which is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens offering a full range of natural vision, viscoelastics and new technologies focused on enhancing ophthalmologists ability to offer patient-centric procedures. “I’m thrilled to be joining Bausch + Lomb Surgical,” said Dr. Mordaunt. “They have a strong pipeline for innovative new technologies focused on improving ophthalmic surgical outcomes, which enhance patient vision and quality of life. I look forward to collaborating with the ophthalmic physician community to continue to advance Bausch + Lomb’s product portfolio.” “Dr. Mordaunt’s proven leadership in the development of transformational...
Florence Henderson To Be Featured At ASCRS Meeting

Florence Henderson To Be Featured At ASCRS Meeting

ALISO VIEJO, CA. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye and health company, announces Broadway, TV and film star, Florence Henderson, will be featured at the company’s exhibit during the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, March 26. The ASCRS meeting, which will be held at the San Diego Convention Center from March 25-29, is the world’s largest gathering of cataract and refractive surgeons. Ms. Henderson, whose remarkable career has included starring performances on Broadway, film and television, is the national spokesperson for Crystalens®, which is the only FDA-approved accommodating intraocular lens (IOL). She will appear at the Bausch + Lomb exhibit from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Ms. Henderson, who turned 77 on Valentine’s Day, had the Crystalens surgery to treat a cataract that had developed in her eye. She has been the center of the Crystalens marketing campaign in print, online, and local television advertising for the past year. She is best known for her role as Carol Brady in the iconic television series The Brady Bunch. She was prominently featured as a competitor on ABC’s...
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Bausch + Lomb To Activate Relief Aid For Japan

Bausch + Lomb To Activate Relief Aid For Japan

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, announced today that it is activating a relief support plan in response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster affecting Japan. “Our colleagues on the ground in Japan and in our headquarters here in the U.S. are assessing needs and will be collaborating with relief efforts to determine how we can be of greatest assistance with expertise, products, or other forms of assistance,” said CEO Brent Saunders. “As a company with more than 30 years of eye health experience in Japan, we are committed to helping to respond to this enormous natural disaster.” Saunders also stated that the company was assessing impacts of the disaster on its own employees in Japan, and would be stepping in to provide them and their communities with assistance should it be needed. “We are prepared to help immediately if help is needed by our own people,” said Saunders. About Bausch + Lomb Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare companies in the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and...
ABB/CONCISE Announces Pending COPE Accreditation

ABB/CONCISE Announces Pending COPE Accreditation

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB CONCISE has announced the 2011 schedule of the free webinar series it co-sponsors with Paragon Vision Sciences and Primary Eyecare Network (PEN), with pending COPE accreditation. The companies’ Practice Partnership Education Series, which began in the fall of 2009 with monthly seminars through 2010, focuses on topics that support successful treatment options and outcomes with gas permeable lens fitting. Patrick Caroline, FAAO, of Pacific University, leads the webinars, the organization said. Webinars are scheduled monthly on Wednesdays throughout 2011 and will be held 6:00 p.m. PST (9:00 p.m. EST). ABB CONCISE continued: “New in 2011, [our] practice management division, PEN, will be administering the webinars in order to provide the interested attendees the opportunity to receive CE credits after passing a 10-question exam. Currently, the February webinar has received COPE approval and the remaining classes have COPE accreditation pending. The webinars are free for all that are interested in attending. Those looking for the CE credits will need to pay a nominal fee of $35 and pass a 10-question online exam.” For a full list of webinars...
Safigel Signs Agreement With Wisconsin Vision Associates

Safigel Signs Agreement With Wisconsin Vision Associates

CHICAGO—Safigel has signed an agreement with Wisconsin Vision Associates (WVA) for expanded distribution of its Safigel 1 Day Daily Disposable contact lenses. As a full-service contact lens distributor and buying group, WVA will distribute Safigel 1 Day Daily Disposables directly to eye care practitioners. “It’s a pleasure to partner with Chris Fait and the entire WVA team to bring Safigel’s patented Hyaluronate-Gel (HA) Technology to a new group of eyecare professionals and their contact lens patients. WVA’s impressive growth over the years is a testament to the quality of both their sales and customer service organizations,” noted Eric Sharvelle, Safigel’s CEO. Christopher Fait, WVA’s CEO, added, “We are excited about our new partnership with Safigel. Their innovative 1 Day Daily Disposable is a great lens that will work well for many of the doctors we serve.” Safigel is the world’s only hyaluronate contact lens. The company said its contact lenses have the same natural bio-polymer, sodium hyaluronate, used in many leading dry eye drops. HA has unique, water-attracting properties which cause lubrication of the tear shield on both sides...
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