April 2010


The Education Committee for the CLAO Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) is soliciting free papers and posters for its biennial Research Symposium which will be held on September 23–25, 2010, at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Individuals interested in submitting a paper or poster for consideration may obtain a “Free Paper Submission Form” or “Poster Submission Form” by visiting www.clao.org, contacting the CLAO Home Office via phone (877) 501-3937; fax (651) 731-0410, or e-mailing eyes@clao.org.



The program committee for this year’s ERF symposium is planning an outstanding meeting. Topics include symposia on medical ethics, complications of contact lenses, contact lenses for drug delivery, and contact lens safety. The 2010 ERF Keynote Speaker will be Perry Binder, MD, who will address the management and treatment of keratoconus. The Oliver H. Dabezies lectureship will be given by Elmer Tu, MD, and the Harold A. Stein Lectureship will be given by Anthony J. Aldave, MD. As noted above, there will be “Free Papers” and “Posters” presented at the meeting. Interested professionals are encouraged to submit free papers and/or posters to the committee for consideration.



Each year, CLAO presents a symposium on the importance of contact lenses to ophthalmology at the ASCRS Annual Meeting. Speakers and topics that will be presented at this year’s symposium will be as follows: “Update on the Epidemiology of Contact Lenses,” by Michael H. Goldstein, MD; “The Continuum of Care: Contact Lens Applications in the Management of the Disappointed Refractive Surgery Patient,” by Warren R. Fagadau, MD; “Advances in Contact Lenses: Contact Lenses to Deliver Medications,” by Donald J. Doughman, MD; “Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis” by S. Lance Forstot, MD; and, the highlight of the symposium every year is the Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, Lecture. This year, Michael Raizman, MD, will present the lectureship titled “ Update on Contact Lens and Allergy.” This CLAO Symposium at ASCRS is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2010, from 8:00 – 9:30 am in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.



The Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) in association with the Sjögren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF) announces the availability of a Scientific Research Grant to be awarded July 1, 2010. This award will be $3,000 and is intended to support proposals specifically concerned with issues directly related to dry eye and ocular surface disease. The anticipated research term is three to six months. Applicants must be working towards an advanced degree. To obtain a grant application, visit either the SSF (www.sjogrens.org) or CLAO ERF Web site (www.clao.org/foundation.htm) and download the form. The deadline for submission is May 30, 2010.



The association’s peer-reviewed journal, Eye & Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, is endeavoring to enhance its educational value by including videos, audio files, and additional data on its web site. An article appearing in the November 2009 issue by W. Matthew Petroll, PhD, and H. Dwight Cavanagh, MD, PhD, FACS, titled “Remote-Controlled Scanning and Automated Confocal Microscopy Through-Focusing Using a Modified HRT Rostock Corneal Module” is the first article in ECL to provide a video in association with the original article. To view this video, visithttp://links.lww.com/ICL/A5.



An online newsletter which focuses on rigid gas permeable topics titled I-Site may be obtained by visiting www.i-sitenewsletter.com. This newsletter covers all topics on RGP lenses and is under the Editorship of Eef van der Worp, PhD, FAAO, FIACLE, FBCLA. RGP lens case reports are welcome and earlier issues of the newsletter are available under the ‘archive’ tab of the web site www.netherlens.com



Your Membership in CLAO allows the association to achieve its educational mission by providing a myriad of educational opportunities, some of which are noted in this issue of CLAO eNews. Major benefits of Membership in CLAO include a complimentary subscription to the association’s highly respected, peer-reviewed scientific journal, Eye and Contact Lens, as well as a complimentary professional practice listing onwww.ContactLensDocs.com. The CLAO Board of Directors thanks you for your Membership and encourages you to contact the Home Office with any ideas or suggestions on how your association can better serve you.



Information in this section has been provided to CLAO by press releases and other means. CLAO does not warranty its accuracy; nor does notice of a product in this section constitute an endorsement by CLAO.


Bausch & Lomb announced on December 4th the appointment of Mohinder Merchea, OD, PhD, MBA, FAAO, FBCLA, to director of Medical Affairs, North America, Vision Care. Dr. Merchea will serve as the department’s liaison to academic institutions and professional organizations, communicating with key leaders in the field and representing the views of eye care professionals to the company. On March 15, the company announced that is has named Fred Hassan as chairman of the Board of Directors and has named Brent Saunders as chief executive officer and appointed him to the Board of Directors, effective immediately. Current Chairman and CEO Gerald M. Ostrov is retiring, and will serve as a consultant to the new leaders.

Heart of America Contact Lens Society has awarded Joseph Barr, OD, MS, FAAO, The Distinguished 2010 Heart of America Contact Lens Society OD of the Year award. This award is presented to leaders in the profession for their numerous accomplishments, particularly in research and clinical studies. Dr. Barr currently serves as the vice president, Global Clinical & Medical Affairs and Professional Services, Vision Care at Bausch & Lomb, Inc. In this role for B&L, Dr. Barr leads a team of clinical researchers, medical affairs professionals, and professional services specialists who provide high-end products and services to eye care professionals. Prior to joining the company, Dr. Barr served as Associate Dean for Professional Program and Clinical Services and EF Wildermuth Professor of Optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

JCAHPO/ATPO announced a new publication: The JCAHPO/ATPO Pocket Guide: A Clinical Skills and Reference Guide for the Ophthalmic Technician. This new publication was in response to a need for quick reference information for ophthalmic professionals. The resulting innovative product is an instructive, compact resource that includes 12 color-coded sections, simple tab navigation, and practical content. It is designed with an easy access, spiral-bound format, with special paper stock that allows for individual writing-on and wiping-off. For more information or to order, call the JCAHPO Home Office at (800) 284-3937 or visit the JCAHPO web site at www.jcahpo.org.

CooperVision recently announced that Richard Clompus, OD, FAAO, has joined the company as Vice President, Global Professional Relations within the Global Commercial Strategy team. In his new role, he will support clinical studies, education and professional affairs on a worldwide basis. Dr. Clompus most recently served as Director of The Vision Care Institute, LLC, supporting student and doctor education in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Vistakon, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announced that the company has named Arthur Shedden, MD, MBA, Medical Safety Officer, Professional Development, responsible for pre- and post-marketing product assessment from a medical safety perspective. Dr. Shedden joined Johnson and Johnson Vision Care in 2008 as Director, Medical Affairs, Vistakon® Pharmaceuticals, overseeing Phase 4 clinical development for many of the company’s pharmaceutical products. Before joining Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Dr. Shedden led teams in clinical development at Merck & Co., Inc. and in medical affairs at Pharmacia/Pfizer and Schering Plough. He received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, and fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami. He completed his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pittsburgh.


The CLAO Education and Research Foundation (CLAO ERF) will be holding its biennial Research Symposium on September 23–25, 2010 at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.


The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Annual Meeting is scheduled for October 16–19, 2010 in Chicago, IL. JCAHPO holds its annual ACE meeting in conjunction with the AAO.

The Japanese Contact Lens Society (JCLS) will be holding its annual meeting July 10–11, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan.

The European Contact Lens Society of Ophthalmologists (ECLSO) will be holding its annual meeting September 10–12, 2010 in Warsaw, Poland.


CLAO hosted an interactive computer-simulation based Contact Lens Skill Transfer Course at the 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting.




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