August 2010


The CLAO® Education and Research Foundation will hold its biennial Research Symposium on September 23–25, 2010, at Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. The program is designed for ophthalmologists, optometrists, and scientific researchers interested in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment science. Some of the topics this year include Medical Ethics; Management of Myopia - What’s New in Orthokeratology; Specialty Lenses for Presbyopia and Astigmatism; Improving Contact Lens Success - How to Break the Discomfort Barrier; What’s New in Ocular Microbiology; Contact Lens Solutions: Efficacy and Lens Compatibility; Contact Lenses for Drug Delivery; Complications of Contact Lens Wear; and Contact Lens Safety.


Additionally, International Symposia are scheduled along with three invited Lectureships. The ERF Keynote Lecture will be given by Perry Binder, MD; the Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr., MD Lecture will be given by Elmer Tu, MD, and the Harold A. Stein, MD Lecture will be given by Anthony J. Aldave, MD. CLAO leadership regards the biennial symposium as a valuable and vital resource for contact lens professionals.


Registration information and hotel reservations for the CLAO ERF Scientific Symposium can be found at If you reserve a room using this link no meeting code is needed. Please be sure to verify that you receive one of the special room rates listed on the web site. You may also call Caesars Palace at (866) 227-5944 or (702) 731-7222 for reservations. When obtaining a hotel reservation via telephone, be sure to mention the Contact Lens Association or the group code of SCCPS0 to obtain the CLAO group rate. CLAO HOTEL GROUP RATES EXPIRE ON AUGUST 23, 2010. . Pre-registration ends on September 10, 2010 (after this date onsite registration will be available). 



This month, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and key ophthalmic specialty societies and organizations launched EyeWiki, a Wikipedia-like online resource for ophthalmologists and the public. Anyone can view EyeWiki at  The EyeWiki effort is led by the Editor-in-Chief, Aaron Miller, MD, and Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Brad Feldman, MD.



The 2010 – 2011 CLAO Election was recently held. Jeanine K. Suchecki, MD, was elected as Vice President; Joseph B. Ciolino, MD and Deepinder K. Dhaliwal, MD, L.Ac were also elected to the Board; and Oliver D. Schein, MD was re-elected to a second term. Vahid Feiz, MD was named by the CLAO Board to fill the un-expired Director-at-Large term of Deborah S. Jacobs, MD, who assumed the position of Chair, Scientific Programs.  Peter R. Kastl, MD, PhD was named Parliamentarian. The CLAO Leadership welcomes these individuals to the Board and thanks all the CLAO Members who returned their completed proxy ballots.



It was announced in the July 2010 issue of our association’s scientific journal Eye and Contact Lens: Science and Clinical Practice, that new members have been added to the Editorial Board.  They are:


  • Perry S. Binder, Gavin Herbert Depart. of Ophthalmology, University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA
  • David Evans, Touro University, Vallejo, California; and Uni­versity of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • Alison McDermott, the University of Houston, College of Op­tometry, Houston, TX
  • William Miller, the University of Houston, College of Optom­etry, Houston, TX
  • Loretta Szczotka-Flynn, Depart, of Ophthalmology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
  • Eric Papas, the Brien Holden Vision Institute, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
  • Caroline Blackie, Boston, MA

CLAO welcomes these new members and thanks them for serving on the Editorial Board.


CLAO thanks all the members who have renewed their membership this year.  We especially welcome those new members. Part of the value of membership in CLAO is the camaraderie that develops over the years. This spirit of friendliness and fellowship is what makes your association special. CLAO encourages all members to seek out others who have an interest in contact lenses and anterior segment science and to encourage these colleagues to join our association.



Members should periodically check to confirm that their information is correctly listed on the site. In particular, confirm that your own website is accurately linked. As you know, listing on this site is complimentary as a benefit of membership. The site functions in two ways. One is to provide the general public and contact lens patients’ access to generic and accurate information on contact lenses. Secondly, the site is designed for access by the general public allowing them to quickly and easily locate a contact lens doctor in their area.



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.


Alden Optical Inc, manufacturer of custom made-to-order soft and GP contact lenses, announced that a completely redesigned website is now available online at This all new website features up-to-date product information and resources to assist practitioners with challenging custom fits and prosthetic lens applications. The new website features easy interaction and updated product information and downloads.

Bausch & Lomb announced on June 29th that representatives from the Bausch + Lomb Early Vision Institute and Lions Clubs International Foundation were meeting in Australia to unveil a new global partnership aimed at conquering paediatric cataract. The Pediatric Cataract Initiative ( will utilize the resources of both organizations to identify, fund and promote innovative methods of overcoming this challenge for the long-term benefit of children, their families and their communities.  In other news, the company announced that it has appointed Rodney (Rod) W. Unsworth as president, Asia-Pacific, effective July 1, 2010 and has also named Robert E. Grant chief executive officer and president of its global Surgical business, effective August 1, 2010. 

CIBA VISION® ACADEMY FOR EYECARE EXCELLENCE™ has expanded the breadth and reach of its highly-regarded professional education programs with new online learning modules and an "app" for iPhone® users. Eleven online learning modules cover topics ranging from ocular anatomy to multifocal soft lens fitting. Some courses are designated for eye care practitioners and others are designed for staff members. Each learning module takes about 40 minutes to complete, although the user may pause the program at any time, allowing busy practitioners and staff members to complete the work in shorter increments. At the end of the module, the user takes an online test, which is scored instantly. After scoring is complete, the user can print out a certificate of completion that is suitable for framing.  CIBA VISION® has taken its commitment to online learning one step further by offering an iPhone "app" as a no-cost download for ECPs who are iPhone users. Once the app is installed on the iPhone, the user can access the ACADEMY FOR EYECARE EXCELLENCE tools and education from their iPhone. For more information, visit (

JCAHPO/ATPO has a publication entitled JCAHPO/ATPO Pocket Guide: A Clinical Skills and Reference Guide for the Ophthalmic Technician.  This 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 write-on and wipe-off. For more information or to order, call the JCAHPO Home Office at (800) 284-3937 or visit the JCAHPO web site at

Vistakon, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., announced the Acuvue One Day Starts Today Sweepstakes.  Now through September 25th, consumers may log on to to enter the Acuvue One Day Starts Today Sweepstakes for a chance to win the grand prize of a $2,500 VISA gift card. They will also be eligible to win one of 84 $100 VISA gift cards awarded to seven winners each week throughout the sweeps entry period. Visitors also can download a Free Trial Pair Certificate for Acuvue Brand Contact Lenses. (Professional exam and fitting fees not included.)  Promotion is subject to Official Rules, available at


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


CLAO will be hosting two interactive computer-simulation based Contact Lens Skill Transfer Courses at the 2010 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting.



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