April 2008

The November 2007 issue of Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice included a special issue (Volume 33, Number 6, Part 2 of 2) that highlighted the scientific papers presented at the International Contact Lens Leadership Summit: Maximizing Safe Contact Lens Wear Worldwide that was held May 3-4, 2007, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and made possible through an educational grant to CLAO from Bausch and Lomb. This exceptional issue includes two editorials, 26 articles, and concludes with a page summarizing “Guidelines for Safe Contact Lens Wear” (page 435). CLAO has a number of copies of this issue available for purchase at $25 each, until supplies are exhausted. Please contact CLAO at (877) 501-3937 or via e-mail at eyes@clao.org to obtain an additional copy for yourself or your office.

CLAO will be hosting a Symposium during the American Society Of Cataract and Refractive Surgery ( ASCRS) Annual Meeting in Chicago. The Symposium is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2008, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. at McCormick Place. The program is entitled “Contact Lenses in the Refractive Surgery Practice” and features the Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, Lectureship, given by Perry S. Binder, MD.

The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) Board of Trustees announced the availability of Scientific Research Grants to be awarded on July 1, 2008. These awards, from $5,000 to $10,000 each, are intended to provide support for research proposals specifically concerned with issues directly related to contact lens science and/or ocular anterior segment science. Grant applications may be obtained by visiting http://www.clao.org/2008researchaward.htm or by calling (877) 501-3937. The deadline for submission is April 30, 2008.

The 2008 CLAO Annual Meeting will be held on September 12 - 13, at the Westin Causarina in Las Vegas, Nevada. This meeting will immediately follow the CLAO ERF Scientific Symposium that will be held September 11 - 12, 2008.


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Bausch and Lomb announced on March 6, 2008 that Paul H. Sartori, PhD, will join the company as corporate vice president and chief human resources officer on March 17. Dr. Sartori has more than two decades of experience in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic industries. Most recently, he was senior vice president of organizational development and human resources for Boston-based BioTrove, Inc. Dr. Sartori received his MAT in history, PhD in education, and MBA from the University of Virginia, and his BA in history from Northeastern University. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Curry School of Education Foundation at the University of Virginia, and a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Virginia's Partnership for Leaders in Education.

CooperVision introduced on April 1, Avaira two-week replacement silicone hydrogel lenses. Avaira contact lenses, utilizing CooperVision’s Aquaform technology, offer a naturally wettable, low modulus material, designed to provide a high level of wearing comfort. Avaira stays moist without surface treatments, additives, or wetting agents, aiding in comfort and minimizing deposits. Manufactured from enfilcon A, Avaira also features a UV blocker and a proven aberration-neutralizing system, using unique aspheric optics that enhance vision by minimizing spherical aberrations inherent in both the lens and the human eye. The lens utilizes an optimized back surface and rounded edge design for easy fitting and better comfort. Avaira is currently approved for daily wear. The water content is 46 percent, Dk is 100, and Dk/t is 125. The lens features sphere powers from -0.25D to -6.00D, a base curve of 8.5, and a diameter of 14.2. Avaira is available in a six-lens pack or a three-lens trial carton.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. announced on March 17, that it is an official sponsor of the U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF), the national governing body for the sport of soccer in the United States. Under terms of the agreement, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care will sponsor the U.S. Men’s National Team, the U.S. Women’s National Team, and the U.S. Youth National Teams in 2008. In addition, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care will provide national team members with ACUVUE® Contact Lenses — the official lens of the U.S. National Teams — when an eye exam determines that a corrective contact lens is right for them. In other news, VISTAKON® , division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announced on March 19 th that ACUVUE® OASYS™ Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR® PLUS is available in a plano lens for therapeutic use (8.4 mm base curve), and will be promoted to eye care professionals by the VISTAKON® Pharmaceuticals, LLC, sales force.

NCLE/ABO announced their 2008 National Education Conference will be held September 19-21 at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The educational partners are the National Academy of Opticianry (NAO), the Opticians Association of America (OAA) and the Contact Lens Society of America (CLSA). The National Federation of Opticianry Schools (NFOS) is an academic partner. For more information, visit www.abo-ncle-conference.com

“Did You Know?”
Adolf E. Fick, Eugene Kalt, and August Müller are credited with simultaneously and independently inventing the corneal contact lens in the late 1880s.